NCS PAYS TRIBUTE TO TRAILBLAZER JAMAL EDWARDS
21 February 2022
NCS Trust has today paid tribute to Jamal Edwards MBE, who has passed away at the age of 31.
The music entrepreneur focused his efforts on championing young people and went on to set up SBTV, which helped to launch the careers of Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Stormzy and Rita Ora.
Jamal was a former patron of NCS (National Citizen Service) from 2015 until 2021. His support of NCS included a partnership between NCS and SBTV, two appearances as a Dragon’s Den panellist and an early member of our Board of Patrons
In celebration of his achievements, Jamal was awarded an MBE in 2014 for his services to music and was named as one of the Forbes top 30 under 30 in 2016.
NCS Trust Chief Brand Officer, Miriam Jordan Keane, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jamal Edwards, our former patron. Our thoughts are with Jamal’s mother, Brenda, and his family.
“Jamal was an exceptionally talented entrepreneur, who was able to make real and deep connections with people from different walks of life. He was a great inspiration to so many young people and worked tirelessly to create opportunities for Black artists.
“He dedicated his life to music but also gave back to his community through charity work. To lose someone so talented, so young, is a great tragedy. Rest in peace, Jamal, you will be greatly missed.”
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About NCS (National Citizen Service)
NCS is an experience like no other. Designed for 16-17 year olds across England and Northern Ireland, NCS is a youth programme that runs every summer and autumn, during school holidays. Teens get the opportunity to mix with a new crowd, live away from home for a while, take on new challenges and in the process build lifelong friendships.
The programme is all about emboldening young people – by giving them a taste of independence and equipping them with essential skills for life. NCSers then get a chance to take these new-found skills for a test-run in their local community.
NCS is dedicated to providing a platform to make sure young people are heard and can engage with their community by completing passion projects, raising awareness and providing solutions to the issues they care about.
The experience might last just a few weeks, but the impact? That lasts a lot longer. Since 2009 more than 600,000 young people have taken part in NCS, completing over 14.5 million hours of community action, and gaining priceless life experiences.
NCS costs no more than £50 - with bursaries and support for those with special educational needs or disabilities also available. NCS’s mission is to give every young person the life-changing experience.
NCS delivers value for money. £3.49 of benefits to society for every £1 spent. During lockdown NCS has had over 1.7 million unique engagements with teens through its ‘Staying Connected’ hub.
About NCS Trust
National Citizen Service Trust is an Arm's Length Body of DCMS incorporated by Royal
Charter and established to shape, support, champion and lead a thriving National
National Citizen Service Trust is registered in England and Wales with Royal Charter
Body number RC000894.
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