About evolve:
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Mission Statement

Our Vision

To create a volunteering journey that embraces Jewish young people aged 8-25, enabling them to fully engage in meaningful social action and become active citizens in their community.

What is evolve?

evolve is JLGB’s response to the ever-changing needs of young Jewish volunteers. For the first time, evolve brings together all key stakeholders from across the community to ensure that social action becomes more accessible and rewarding for Jewish young people than ever before.

What qualifications can I get?

14+ OCN accredited Training

Bespoke, flexible and adaptable: JLGB is an approved provider of Open College Network credit-based training accreditation. If your charity, business, school or organisation offers training to young people, we can turn it into a nationally recognised programme of accreditation, and help you to develop training that is boosting young people’s potential and employability.

We also run two training weekends per year, where young people aged 14 and up can gain OCN nationally recognised qualifications in boosting their skills in everything from leadership to event management.

Other awards are being added all the time, to ensure that Jewish young people have the greatest access to all youth achievement awards and qualifications.

To sign up a young person to an award, or to find out how your organisation can get young people recognition and awards, contact the evolve team today! If you know a young person who volunteers, you can help them to get the most out of their experience and fulfil their personal potential – encourage them to get involved, get recognised and get ahead.

If you have any questions, get in touch with the evolve team at JLGB. E-mail evolve@jlgb.org or call 020 8989 5743.

What awards are there?

The Chief Rabbi's Kindness Challenge for year groups 3-6

The award emphasises the importance of social action and volunteering within the community.  

To achieve the award, children will need to volunteer 15  ‘gemuilut hasadim’ (acts of loving kindness) have at least three in each category:
- In my school.
- In my community.
- In my family.

The Yoni Jesner Award for year groups 7-8

The Yoni Jesner Award was set up in memory of Yoni Jesner, a young man committed to volunteering, and aims to inspire young people to do more and care more like Yoni did. It rewards young people for time they spend making a difference to their community. If you are in school years 7 and 8 you can take part in the award by volunteering 20 hours of your time, making a difference to your community throughout the year. You could help out at school, at your synagogue, in your community or beyond! We work with hundreds of organisations and charities and can help to match you up with a social action project.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for year groups 9+

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, or DofE, is the world's leading youth achievement award, giving young people between the ages of 14 and 24. The DofE is very highly regarded by unviersities and employers, and is often the first thing they will look for on your UCAS form or CV.

The vInspired Award for year groups 12+

The vInspired volunteering award is nationally recognised by UCAS and is a great addition to young people's CV. evolve Volunteering Fairs allow local charities to showcase their student-friendly volunteering opportunities through the evolve platform. Through skills and interest matching, young people pick any number of volunteering opportunities to complete their award for either 10, 50 or 100 hours.

Where can I take part?

evolve encompasses all aspects of your community meaning that you will be able to take part at a whole host of locations. 

Examples of where you can get involved and start your volunteering journey include:


2. Youth group

3. School

4. Synagogue

5. Charity 

6. Mitzvah Day


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