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Josh Collins Announced as New JLGB #iwill Ambassador

We are delighted that JLGB young leader Josh Collins has been chosen to represent JLGB as an #iwill campaign ambassador for the coming year. JLGB is committed to its #iwill campaign pledge to engage 15,000 young people in social action and Josh will have a central role in engaging his peers.

#iwill is represented by 250 inspirational young ambassadors, 50 from each year of the campaign so far. They are 10-20 year-olds who are leading fantastic social action in their communities. They come from a variety of backgrounds across the UK but all have one thing in common – a passion that drives them to find time to help others. From mentoring their peers online to coordinating a charity fundraiser or enhancing their local area, every one of these #iwill ambassadors is making a difference.

They were selected because they demonstrate a strong commitment to social action, and have inspirational stories to tell – stories which bring alive the double benefit of youth social action. Not only are these young people giving a great deal, but they are also building their character and skills in the process.

Speaking about his passion for JLGB and social action Josh said:

“I have been a member of the Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade (JLGB) since 2013 and volunteer weekly with my local group, planning and executing sessions and teaching others how to run meaningful programmes. I ensure the young people I work with have their voices heard, representing their wishes and feelings and being a link between staff and the younger members. I love seeing the positive difference I make to other people’s lives

I have recently been elected this year’s Sergeant Mess President, meaning I am now the most senior young leader and a prominent figurehead within the organisation. I am proud to be a role model to my peers. I have also volunteered with the Jewish charity GIFT helping to pack food, clothes and toys for people in need across the country. This sparked my passion for taking part in social action and I was awarded a vInspired v50 award. Underpinning all my social action is my faith and heritage. I have taken many opportunities to explore my roots, including a trip to Poland to visit the poignant Holocaust memorial sites. I speak to young people at religious Holocaust memorial services, encouraging them to explore their identities and passing on the legacies of my ancestors”.

The ambassadors have promised to share their social action story with others to encourage more young people to get involved and the #iwill pledge that each has made is a commitment to continue making a difference to others.

Click here to read more about the #iwill campaign ambassadors.

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