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This is the podcast that tackles the issues that matter most to Gen Z. A podcast for young people, made by young people. The National Citizen Service, or NCS, aims to champion, develop and turn No You Can't Into No We Can! This season we’ll be diving deep into all sorts of thorny issues and answering questions like “whose job is it to save the planet?” “what do we really want to know about sex?” and “in the 21st century, is privacy a luxury?” as well as a how to on adulting and being an ally to the disabled community. We have an amazing roster of guests, a brilliant cohort of young producers and new episodes every week for the next ten weeks. Get excited- we are!

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This is the podcast that tackles the issues that matter most to Gen Z. A podcast for young people, made by young people. The National Citizen Service, or NCS, aims to champion, develop and turn No You Can't Into No We Can! This season we’ll be diving deep into all sorts of thorny issues and answering questions like “whose job is it to save the planet?” “what do we really want to know about sex?” and “in the 21st century, is privacy a luxury?” as well as a how to on adulting and being an ally to the disabled community. We have an amazing roster of guests, a brilliant cohort of young producers and new episodes every week for the next ten weeks. Get excited- we are!

    Are we really starting to love ourselves? with Megan Jayne Crabbe

    Are we really starting to love ourselves? with Megan Jayne Crabbe

    Young voices. Big issues.



    Welcome to Youth Rising by NCS!  The podcast for young people, made by young people. We have an amazing roster of guests this week starting with the inimitable creator, author and body positive activist Megan Jayne Crabbe. Megan chats to our Youth Rising producer Lottie about where negative body image starts, reminding yourself that you are not an exception to your own self-love, and toxic positivity.

    We’re also joined by the incredible A&E doctor, comedian, TikTok star and self-titled ‘long boi’ Maddy Lucy Dann. Maddy talks to producer Sofie about her respect for the body as a medical professional, not giving negativity brain space and embracing her differences.

    Later singer songwriter Emma Cannon talks to Youth Rising co-host, Mushin, about overcoming anxiety, listening to her gut, and having confidence in her music.



    What’s more, we have a round table discussion with our Youth Rising team, chat to Kai McGill about self-esteem at school, and look at what we can do practically to encourage us to love ourselves. Don’t say we don’t spoil you!

    Inspired by former hindu monk Jay Shetty’s 20 day meditation challenge, we’re starting our own Youth Rising 20 day self care challenge. We want you to do something every day that makes you feel good. Take a bubble bath! Say Yes to something new! Dance around your kitchen! Then tag us in your pictures and videos using #YouthRisingSelfCare.



    Reading List:



    The Body Is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor


    This Is Going to Hurt; ‘Twas The Night Shift Before Christmas by Adam Kay


    Daring Greatly by Brene Brown


    Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given


    Places on the NCS Summer ‘22 experience are now open for 16-17 year olds. To find out more head to wearencs.com

    NCS Mixtape ‘22 is a collaboration between young people and young faces on the music scene, to produce an original soundtrack for your lives, inspired by what really matters to you. It will drop in March.

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    • 35 min
    Sex Education: What do we really want to know? with Florence Given

    Sex Education: What do we really want to know? with Florence Given

    The content in this episode relates to questions asked by young people about sex education and is intended for those aged 16 and over. If you feel affected by any of the issues raised, the incredible people at Brook.org.uk and Stonewall.org.uk offer free advice and support.



    Young voices. Big issues. Welcome to Youth Rising by NCS! The podcast for young people, made by young people. 



    We’re so excited about our guests this week, who are all here to fill the gaps in your sex education knowledge. The amazing artist, Sunday Times bestselling author, activist and podcaster Florence Given kicks us off, chatting with Sidje, from the Youth Rising team, about pleasure, shame, sexual aftercare and boundaries.



    We’re also joined by the fabulous author, activist and campaigner against period poverty, Amika George MBE. Youth Rising team member Haleem asks Amika about setting up the Free Periods campaign when she was just 17, the challenges preventing better access to menstrual products, destigmatising periods and why her work gained such traction.



    Plus, we have a roundtable discussion with our Youth Rising team, including doctor-in-training Pubudika, about the different kinds of contraception, and hear from Isabella and Esther, two members of the team behind the Brighton Period Project. The campaign was inspired by Amika’s work and they give us some information on how totackle period poverty in our local community.



    Later the wonderfully wise physiotherapist, student doctor and influencer, Tiffany Sequiera aka Gynae Girl, chats to Muhsin about sexual health. Gynae Girl wants us to normalise talking about everything from penises to orgasms, to be in regular communication with our partners and to buy a bottle of lube and keep it in the top drawer!



    Why not try a few of Gynae Girl’s suggestions? To make sure you and your partner stay committed to communication, set aside time to ask each other five questions about sex each month; If sex is painful, go and see your GP; and if you’re sexually active make sure you’re getting tested for STIs at least once a year.



    Reading List:



    The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf


    Period by Emma Barnett


    The Wonder Down Under by Dr Nina Brochmann and Dr Ellen Stokken Dahl

    Sex Education: A Guide To Life


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    • 36 min
    How To Be A Better Ally To The Disabled Community with Lucy Edwards

    How To Be A Better Ally To The Disabled Community with Lucy Edwards

    Young voices. Big issues. Welcome to Youth Rising by NCS! The podcast for young people, made by young people. 



    This week our team chats to some great guests about how we can all work at making society less ableist. Our Youth Rising Team member Lottie kicks us off with an interview with Lucy Edwards. The wonderful Lucy is known for popularising the hashtag #BlindNotBroken and talks to Lottie about losing her sight as a teenager, relearning to pour a cup of tea, and how her guide dogs Olga (aka Bogsy) and Molly (aka Miss Molly Moo) support her.



    Plus, a discussion with our Youth Rising team, as contributing editors Haleem and Paige talk about Paige’s experiences of living with autism. Paige shares how living with their autism intersects with their social anxiety, how autism is frequently misunderstood and how we can all be more aware.



    Paige also chats to actor and comedian Tim Renkow about laughing at himself, disabled representation in the media and how ignorance creates more obstacles than malice. Tim moved to the UK to study creative writing after being born in Mexico City, growing up in North Carolina, attending art school in Memphis and building his career as a comedian in New York. He is the star of his own show, Jerk, on the BBC (it’s hilarious).



    Youth Rising team member Nelly also speaks to the amazing Isabella Evans, aka Isabella Signs. Sixteen year old Isabella, along with her brother Lucus with Down syndrome, her brother Alexander with Cerebral Palsy and her mini-me little sister Indiana, are on a mission to teach the world to sign. She and Nelly deep dive into the difference between BSL (British Sign Language) and Makaton, signing along to songs and how she wants to make the world a better place one sign at a time.



    Later, Kiera from the NCS Youth Voice Forum has a twin sister with complex needs and shares some excellent insights into how able-bodied people can consider accessibility.



    Remember: never distract a guide dog, there is SO MUCH ability in disability and the goal is not equality but equity.



    Reading List:

    Kika & Me by Amit Patel

    Break The Mould by Sinéad Burke

    Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally by Emily Ladau



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    • 34 min
    Whose job is it to save the planet? With the team behind Blue Planet 2

    Whose job is it to save the planet? With the team behind Blue Planet 2

    Young voices. Big issues. Welcome to Youth Rising by NCS! The podcast for young people, made by young people. With multiple world governments declaring a climate emergency and COP26 engaging many in vital conversations, this episode feels particularly timely and important. We’re so excited about our guests this week, who are all responsible for doing incredible work in service of Mother Earth. Youth Rising team member Lottie kicks off the episode interviewing Ella and Amy Meek, founders of Kids Against Plastic. They chat about starting small, the devastating effect of single use plastics on the oceans and the value of litter picking!

    We’re also joined by Dr Mya-Rose Craig aka Bird Girl UK, the prominent British Bangladeshi ornithologist, environmentalist, diversity activist as well as a writer, speaker and broadcaster. In February 2020, Dr Craig became the youngest person to be awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science D.S.c. h.c.aged just 18. She has spent seven years campaigning and founded the much-needed Black2Nature, an organisation which fights for equal access to nature for VME (Visible Minority Ethnic) people in a bid to combat racism within conservation. She tells host Muhsin about how green spaces improve our mental health, the anxiety that VME communities feel outside of cities and how racism intersects with climate activism.

    Later we have an enlightening chat with Nicola Brown, a producer on the BBC’s Blue Planet II. Nicola has also worked on the BBC impact campaign Our Blue Planet as well as a BBC Earth VR series and BBC Earth’s original YouTube channel Earth Unplugged. At her current company Freeborne Impact, Nicola’s projects include work with Netflix and some exciting new work in the ocean space. Haleem and Nicola discuss the power of stories and how digital storytelling can have astonishing effects on the climate conversation.

    Plus, a roundtable discussion with our Youth Rising team members. Pubudika, Paige and Sofie discuss how email subscriptions and fast fashion habits increase your carbon footprint. Meanwhile, Ellie at Greenpeace sounds the alarm for our generation - the planet won’t look like it does now when we’re our parents' age.

    Why not try some of our guests’ suggestions? Organise a litter pick in your local area, lend your voice to bring about change on issues and, if you’re feeling climate anxiety, make like Mya and get out into nature - being in green spaces does wonders for our mental health and it’s really energising to be around other people who care about the planet.



    Reading List:


    The Go Giver by Bob Burg

    The Is An Uprising by Mark Engler and Paul Engler

    Working Hard, Hardly Working by Grace Beverly

    I Quit Plastic by Kate Nelson


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    Follow Amy and Ella @kidsagainstplastic

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    • 35 min
    How Well Do We Understand Gender? with Jamie Raines, Shaaba Lotun and Harnaam Kaur

    How Well Do We Understand Gender? with Jamie Raines, Shaaba Lotun and Harnaam Kaur

    Young voices. Big issues. Welcome to Youth Rising by NCS! The podcast for young people, made by young people. This week we’re exploring gender - what it means and the expectations society puts on it. From the perceived conceptions of gender, to how we understand it. In 2022, how do we move forward with accepting and expressing gender outside of existing binaries?



    Youth Rising team member Haleem speaks to Jamie Raines and Shaaba Lotun, Youtubers, couple and childhood best friends about the stages of transition, the dysphoria that can surround it and family support.



    Later, Ella speaks to life coach, model and activist, Harnaam Kaur, about body hair, society's pressure around gender and finding your own expression. 



    Reading List:

    Manifesto for Misfits by Glyn Fussell

    Transmission: My Quest to a Beard by Alex Bertie

    Light Is the New Black: A Guide to Answering Your Soul's Callings and Working Your Light by Rebecca Campbell



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    Follow Shaaba @sherbetlemon007

    Follow Harnaam Kaur @harnaamkaur



    If any of the issues raised in this episode have affected you, you can find free support and advice at stonewall.org.uk  


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    • 37 min
    What's Next For The Anti-Racism Movement? with Munroe Bergdorf

    What's Next For The Anti-Racism Movement? with Munroe Bergdorf

    Another episode, another incredible lineup of guests to talk about the issues that matter most to our generation. This is Youth Rising by NCS, the podcast for young people, made by young people. This week we’re asking the question: what’s next for the anti-racism movement? To help us answer are activist and influencer Munroe Bergdorf and author and activist Patrick Hutchinson.

    Through activism, social media and a growing social consciousness we are more aware than ever of all the types of racism that still exist and that need to be addressed and discussed – but are also able to recognise positive changes and celebrate all different backgrounds and races.

    Later we’re joined by  comedian and creator of BBC Three’s Muzlamic, Aatif Nawaz, who chats to us about challenging racism in the media and how he uses his comedy to tackle social justice.

    Reading List:

    Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism by Aja Barber

    Natives by Akala

    How We Kneel, Why We Rise by Micahel Holding

    Rapunzella, Or, Don’t Touch My Hair by Ella McLeod (available to pre-order now, out everywhere 7th July)

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    Follow Munroe Bergdorf @munroebergdorf

    Follow Patrick Hutchinson @iampatrickhutchinson

    Follow Aatif Nawaz @aatifnawaz

    Show racism the red card, this is the UK's leading anti-racism educational charity.

    We’d also recommend The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, which works with 13-30-year-olds in the UK who come from disadvantaged backgrounds,with the aim of inspiring and enabling them to succeed in the career of their choice.

    When it comes to mental health we’d suggest Black Minds Matter UK, a non-profit organisation for people aged 13- 25. They’re passionate about change that will bring about a more equal and just society for all.

    Lastly check out Stand Against Racism & Inequality, a UK charity that provides support for victims of any type of hate crime. From racism and homophobia to sexism and ageism.

    As always make sure you head to our show notes for more information about how we can ALL help.

    This week Muhsin also introduces NCS Mixtape ‘22, the soundtrack from, and for, our generation. The exclusive Mixtape ‘22 film is available on Youtube now. Check it out here.
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    • 38 min

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