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Faiths unite through youth social action

 

An inspirational group of over 100 young people of all faiths have spent the summer devising, planning and delivering social action projects as part of JLGB’s National Citizen Service (NCS) Programme. It has never been more important for young people of different faiths to unite and work together to change society.

The two week programme unites young people of different faiths and backgrounds through adventure activities, social cohesion sessions, development of a chosen skill and visits to charities and businesses. These visits serve as inspiration for the young people to create their own social action projects to bring awareness to a variety of charities and causes that they are passionate about. Participants took their ideas to a tough panel of judges in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch, bidding for up to £500 to support their projects.

Having successfully secured funding, the teens' ideas came to life. Groups on NCS are split by their chosen skill to develop including photography, film, digital, catering and sport. Each group’s social action project used their skill as a medium to raise money or awareness for a cause that was important to them. JLGB are incredibly proud of all five groups for their phenomenal projects and to see young people of different faiths and backgrounds working so cohesively with people who just a few weeks prior were strangers, to drive change in their communities. It is this unique quality of NCS that makes it such a special programme and so highly regarded by universities and future employers.

 

Their achievements will be recognised in October at a Graduation Ceremony. The participants will present their projects to their parents, charity representatives and community guests including JLGB president Lord Levy, and head teachers from faith schools. Each participant will then be awarded a certificate signed by the Prime Minister, in recognition of their fantastic contribution to society.

 

NCS will return next summer for anyone in school years 11-12 (aged 16-18).

Register your interest at www.jlgb.org/ncs and be the first to receive updates on when applications open, or for more information call 020 3857 5905.

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 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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