A fire brigade is among the organisations to have been awarded contracts to provide placements on the National Citizen Service this autumn.
An announcement from the NCS Trust, which manages the scheme, said Cleveland Fire Brigade was among the 18 bodies to have won contracts to provide more than 2,200 places on the scheme in England and Northern Ireland between September and December.
The providers are part of a pathfinder programme designed to test new approaches that widen the reach of the scheme by recruiting through channels outside mainstream schools and colleges.
The combined total value of the contracts is expected to be between £2.1m and £2.9m, depending on the number of places delivered.
The NCS offers 16 and 17-year-old school-leavers the chance to take part in seven or eight-week projects that include community work, a physical challenge and a residential placement. They usually takes place in the summer.
The autumn version of the scheme includes the elements of the summer programme but squeezed into one week over half term, followed by 30 hours of work on social action projects at weekends and in the evening.
Michael Lynas, chief executive of the NCS Trust, said: "The lessons learnt from these pathfinders will help us to shape delivery of the NCS as we grow, so that we can continue to invest in local areas, reach young people from all backgrounds and deliver a life-changing experience."
The full list of organisations
Essex Boys and Girls Clubs
OnSide Youth Zones
The Kenelm Trust
Wakefield Council’s youth service
Young Brent/Catalyst Housing
Cleveland Fire Brigade
St Werburghs City Farm