JLGB joins YOU London
The YOU London Board is delighted to announce that the Jewish Lads’ & Girls’ Brigade (JLGB) has become a partner organisation of YOU London.
YOU London was established in 2009 to promote positive activities for young people in uniformed youth organisations within Greater London and to maximise opportunities for adult volunteering. It is a co-ordinating partnership that seeks to promote and support uniformed youth organisations to increase their individual impact through the sharing of resources, information and opportunities.
JLGB is a modern, thriving, innovative, award-winning organisation reaching out to over 4,000 Jewish young people each year, offering them the opportunity to enrich their lives through a diverse range of positive experiences, exciting activities, leadership training and skills development programmes. JLGB trains and develops young people of the Jewish faith to reach their potential through active citizenship, within both the Jewish and wider community, empowering them to become future leaders of tomorrow.
In common with the other YOU London organisations, JLGB encourages friendship through achievement, recognition and personal development programmes, which prepare and enable young people to develop the essential life skills needed to help their transition from young person to adult life.
JLGB were about to celebrate its 125th Anniversary in April 2020, when it had to suspend all face-to-face youth activities due to the coronavirus pandemic. JLGB Virtual was its response to ensuring that children and young people can continue to have fun, learn new skills, make a difference and complete their volunteering awards during lockdown.
JLGB Virtual has given volunteers of all ages (led by young people) an opportunity to continue to volunteer throughout the pandemic. It has also enabled volunteers across England, Scotland and Wales to work together, regardless of location of proximity to a local weekly group.
In the autumn of 2020, HRH The Prince of Wales agreed to take on patronage of JLGB. JLGB has also been shortlisted in the Youth Work Award category for a 2020 Children & Young People Now Award.
Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, said, “I am delighted that the Jewish Lads’ & Girls’ Brigade are joining the family of uniformed youth organisations in our great city. Their joining is another step towards inclusivity in the capital.”
Neil Martin OBE, Chief Executive of the JLGB said, “For now over 125 years, the JLGB has helped young people to reach their potential in return for giving back service to others in their local and wider communities. Our shared history with many other YOU London members and our common values has always created a special bond between us all, and therefore we are delighted to be part of this network and look forward to further collaborating with our fellow members.”