A borough teenager has been chosen to be part of a youth programme’s national campaign.
Rob Austin is one of 22 young people chosen for the National Citizen Service’s ‘Our Future’ campaign as a result of his transformation in confidence after taking part in an NCS programme.
An image featuring Rob can be seen on billboards around the country and was shot by famous photographer, Rankin.
Rob, 19, a former student at St Mary’s Catholic School in Longbenton now studying at Northumbria University, is one of more than 130,000 teens to have taken part in NCS since it launched in 2011.
He said: “I had such a great experience on NCS and I hope by being part of this campaign, I can raise awareness of the programme to inspire other teens.
“NCS has opened up so many new doors for me. Since taking part in 2012 I’ve gone on to create an online organisation to help improve the stereotype of young people called ‘Teenwise’.
“I have also helped create a youth group within the local church to encourage more young people to come to church and encourage them in social action.
“Since finishing my NCS Programme in 2012 I have managed to stay involved with NCS hugely, by becoming part of the NCS first Youth Board in 2013 and volunteering on their yearly leadership week in 2013 and by being involved in many national campaigns.”
Rob’s mother Dawn said: “I am so proud of Rob for stepping out of his comfort zone and trying something different by going on NCS. The difference in him is amazing.
“He is so much more confident and determined now. I fill with pride when I see my boy in the campaign shot by Rankin.”
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