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Now more than ever it is vital to ensure that young people do not miss out on the necessary extra-curricular activities that are proven to help their academic attainment and, perhaps more importantly than ever, support their mental health.

A recent study found that more than 70% of young people taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) felt that extra-curricular activities were being de-prioritised because of academic pressures due to the impact of Coronavirus. With 83% of young people also stating that the pandemic has worsened their mental health, widespread evidence shows that it is critical that they are able to take part in development programmes like the DofE. These activities will be key in helping young people to reconnect properly with friends and their communities, and re-build their resilience and confidence, so they are better able to make progress in the classroom.

As the world’s leading youth achievement award, DofE equips young people aged 14 to 25 with the skills, experience, and confidence they will need to successfully navigate adult life. On completion, young people will receive an Award which is highly recognised by colleges, universities, and employers.

JLGB has delivered the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for the entire Jewish community since the Award first began in 1956, working to ensure that every young Jewish person can access a Kosher and Shabbat friendly DofE provision. With the generous support of the Pears Foundation, JLGB now enrol over 1000 Jewish young people for their Kosher DofE each year across Jewish schools, youth groups, synagogues, and community centres around the UK. 

The Bronze DofE Award is for pupils in Year 9, Silver is for those in Year 10 and Gold is for those in Year 11+. All stages of the Award give young people the chance to try something new, learn life skills and make a difference through the Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition sections. With Silver there is no requirement to have already done or completed your Bronze Award, and with Gold there is no requirement to have already done or completed either your Bronze or Silver Award.

DofE is all about going the extra mile – gaining new skills, pushing yourself physically, helping others and exploring new horizons. At the same time, you’ll gather friendships, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. As the Award is split into different sections you have the independence to be in control of what you do, there’s no-one telling you what to do and when to do it.


It’s critical we re-build young people’s resilience

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About JLGB

The JLGB strives to help develop a society that values Jewish young people and their contributions to their local and wider communities. JLGB aims to make every effort to train, develop and support Jewish young people through their transition from young person to adult to become active citizens in society. JLGB offers essential life skills and experiences to help young Jewish people transition from empowered youth to engaged young adult. JLGB believe in young people not only as leaders of tomorrow, but as a powerful force for positive change in society today. By removing faith barriers to participation in a fun, flexible yet safe, structured environment, JLGB ensures and enables each Jewish person to reach their future potential. 

For more information on JLGB Camps, weekly groups and awards, visit, email or call 020 8989 8990. 


For over 125 years, young Jewish people have been discovering just how brilliant they can be and how they can make the world a better place through JLGB. Whether you're 8 or 18, whatever you want to be, join in and be your best self with us! 

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