About evolve:
Find out more about evolve

Mission Statement

Our Vision

To create a volunteering journey that embraces Jewish young people throughout primary and secondary school, and on to university, to enable and equip them to fully engage in meaningful social action, enhance their employability and transferable skills to 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 more 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 Junior Citizenship Challenge for year groups 3-4

To complete the Junior Citizenship challenge children will need to volunteer in 10 ‘gemuilut hasadim’ (acts of loving kindness).

The Junior Citizenship Award for year groups 5-6

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 two in each category:
- In my school.
- In my community.
- In my home.

The Yoni Jesner Award for year groups 7-8

The Yoni Jesner Award is named after and dedicated to the memory of a young man who was committed to volunteering. It rewards young people aged 11-13 for time they spend making a difference to their community. If you are aged 11-13 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 most incredible opportunity to take part in a wonderfully diverse range of exciting activities. These all count towards an Award which is highly prized by colleges, universities and employers!

The vInspired Award for year groups 12+

The vInspired volunteering award is a nationally recognised, UCAS endorsed award for 10, 50 or 100 hours of flexible volunteering. JLGB runs a faith-friendly version of this award for the Jewish community and offers it to those aged 16-18.

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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