Teens Cry 'No We Can' in Defiant Campaign for NCS

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Karmarama and Riff Raff Films hope to galvanise Britain's youth to reach their potential
Teens Cry 'No We Can' in Defiant Campaign for NCS
NCS (National Citizen Service) and Karmarama today launch ‘No We Can’, their inaugural campaign featuring a new brand identity and multi-channel activation co-created with teens, encouraging them to declare what they are passionate about in 2019.

NCS aims to incite independence in young people by turning a lifetime of being told they’re too young, into a collective voice that tells the world what they can achieve. Backed up by the insight that young people feel their opinions are not respected or listened to, NCS and Karmarama worked together to develop a new visual identity and brand platform co-created with teens, ensuring the primary audience was at the heart of the creative development.

The multi-channel campaign launches from 18th October and includes a provocative OOH campaign featuring flyposters using real social media posts articulating the extent of the ‘No’s’ and the negative preconceptions youth face from wider society.

The hero film asset is a 60” brand film which will be rolled out in cinemas across the country. Directed by Finn Keenan of Riff Raff, the film is driven by the energy, playfulness and empowerment of young people, showing a cross section of teenagers and the societal and internal ‘No’s’ they face in the UK right now.

The film features a cast of young people, including some previous NCS grads, and shows patronising ‘no you can’t’ grow up cheek squeezes, dismissive news reports, judgemental external voices questioning clothing decisions, and the self-doubt of internal dialogues. Through the diverse voices, including the online influencer Lewys, young people stand up and cut through the negativity with a consistently bold response of “No We Can”.

Following the release of the brand film in cinemas nationwide, a multimedia campaign will kick off including AV, Outdoor, Social, Digital, Search, Radio as well as PR and influencer initiatives that aim to build upon and explore in depth the issues facing young people today. The campaign has also been translated into school assembly presentations to introduce the programme to young people.
 
Miriam Jordan Keane, CMO at NCS, said: “Young people face a lot of pressures and challenges in their lives today. At NCS we’re passionate about listening to them, understanding them and creating a space for them to bridge social divides. ‘No We Can’ gives a voice to a generation ready to speak their minds and acts as a rallying cry encouraging them to overcome boundaries on a micro and macro scale. It is not about promoting rebellion, but about inciting independence at a key transitional age.”

The NCS brand identity has also had a refresh, from a new logo that steps up to the challenge of ‘No We Can’ with every letter, to an unapologetically bold, digital first look and feel, and UGC centric photography, the new branding has been developed with and for the very young people who use it.

Karmarama is the lead creative agency behind the new campaign and was appointed to work with NCS due to its deep understanding of the nuances of how teens feel and behave. Karmarama will be working alongside MediaCom & Omnigov for media planning and buying respectively

James Denton-Clark, managing director at Karmarama, said: “We’re proud to be delivering a campaign that embeds NCS into teenage culture. This is a campaign that has been developed by teens for teens. It helps this generation have their voice heard as they transition into adulthood. After years of being told they can’t do this or that”, NCS helps turn “No you can’t” into “No, we can”.

At its core, the campaign is about enabling young adults to subvert the societal stereotypes about their generation and build a youth movement. Almost 600,000 young people have already taken part in the programme. NCS is currently attracting one in six eligible young people, with an ambition to grow this to one in three by 2023 making NCS a natural part of growing up. The new brand is one of many developments NCS Trust is launching to ensure this ambition is reached.

The new brand campaign and refresh will cost just under £1million this year.
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CREDITS

Project Name: NCS No We Can

Client Name: Miriam Jordan Keane, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer; Adam

Boita, Director of Brand Marketing

Creative Agency: Karmarama

Chief Creative Officer: Nik Studzinski

Executive Creative Director: Adam Kean

Managing Director: James Denton-Clark

Executive Strategy Director: Will Hodge

Creative team: Meigan Brown, Tobias Owen

Head of Design: Simon Wakeman

Deputy Head of Design: Josh Lowe

Designer: Ryan Hamilton

Planner (Creative Agency): Rachael Quarmby

Agency Producer: Victoria Dashwood-Quick

Production Assistant: Georgia Middleton

Agency Creative Producer: Cydney Chadwick

Business Lead: Eilidh McGregor

Account Managers: Joe Parker, Sophie Kruger

Production Company credits:

Production Company: Riff Raff Films

Director: Finn Keenan

Producer: Jess Wretham

Production Manager: Anya Defries

Director of Photography: Joe Cook

Production Designer: Chris Williams

1st AD: Chris Kelly

Offline Editor: Dan Sherwen @ Final Cut

VFX Post House: nineteentwenty

Post producers: Emma Shuter & Polly Roberts

2D Supervisor: Chrys Aldryd

2D Nuke: Alex Kennedy, Nicole Palucsis, Jamie Stitson, Ellie Risdon

Colourist: Kai Van Beers

AFX: Henrik Sikstrom, Sandra Clua

Sound Design: Mark Hellaby @ 750 MPH

Music Company: Mike Newport

Casting Director: Anna Kennedy

Genres: People

Categories: Education, Corporate, Social and PSAs

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