I have 10 years of experience so far at the Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade (JLGB). I can still remember meeting up with my group every week, and all the parades and music concerts and camps we got to be part of. Now that I’m 18, I’m glad to be able to give something back and make sure other children have the same opportunities I had.
Currently, I’m a youth leader at JLGB as well as the youth representative for Essex JLGB, supporting my local band in Redbridge, volunteering at the Junior group in Woodford for the 8-11 year olds, and helping at events like the recent 70th Anniversary of the Holocaust Community Event, where I volunteered as a steward during the ceremony. I’m also involved in various other projects JLGB has to offer – I took part in National Citizen Service this summer on their interfaith programme, and I’m working towards my Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
As the Editor of the JLGB’s new youth magazine, Reboot, and guest tweeter and blogger for the JLGB, I’m gaining the digital skills and practical experience I’ll need to study journalism at university and turn what I love into a career. And the best part is that I’m gaining all this while helping other young people at the same time!