Borough teenagers are being encouraged to take part in a scheme to help develop their skills.
Jermain Jackman, who won the BBC’s The Voice in 2014, took part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) three years ago and is encouraging others to do the same.
For me, taking part in NCS in 2012 was a defining moment, helping me to develop the confidence to realise my ambitions.Jermain Jackman
More than 500 youngsters in North Tyneside are signed up to NCS this summer.
The NCS, open to 15 to 17-year-olds, offers a two of three-week full-time programme focused on fun and discovery, with participants volunteering at least 30 hours to a community project.
It is designed to create a more cohesive society by mixing young teenagers from a variety of backgrounds, while supporting their transition into adulthood by enabling them to develop skills for work and life.
Jermain, 19, said: “For me, taking part in NCS in 2012 was a defining moment, helping me to develop the confidence to realise my ambitions.”