NOMINATIONS are now open for the 2022 B’nai B’rith and JNF Youth and Young Adult Changemaker Awards.
This is the ninth consecutive year of awards aimed at recognising and celebrating our community’s young activists, encouraging the next generation of future leaders to continue their advocacy and entrepreneurship.
Last year, the Joshua Levi Young Professional Award was inaugurated and won by Cassandra Barrett for her outstanding contribution to the community through her role at Jewish Care Victoria, focusing on community education in relation to mental health.
As a result of her recognition and award, she is now in Israel furthering her career. Thanks go to the Levi family who are continuing the legacy of Josh z”l, and his passion for making the community a better place
This year, the awards program will be announcing the top 36 Changemakers under the age of 36 nationwide, in three main nomination categories: the Joshua Levi Young Professional Award, the Young Adult Volunteer Award and the Youth Volunteer Award.
AJN CEO David Redman said The AJN is again excited “to be part of this wonderful program that recognises the invaluable work done by young volunteers in the community”.
“The passion and dedication of these young people is inspiring and shows that the future is in good hands,” he said.
A Changemaker is someone who demonstrates commitment and passion to their cause. They make a considerable impact and or create change – whether for the Jewish community, Australian society, Israel, or in a leadership role. They may volunteer for an organisation, fundraise for a cause close to their heart, build inter-community relations, impact social justice, educate, advocate or innovate.
B’nai B’rith Alfred Dreyfus Unit president Ernie Friedlander, the initiator of the awards, said acknowledging our Changemakers “is more important than ever”.
“Too many young people are too preoccupied with their needs – they don’t have enough time to consider others,” he said.
“Those who are nominated are the opposite – they care and deliver unselfish deeds, they are champions, and we are very proud of them.”
JNF’s Changemaker project coordinator Etty Ayalon said, “When the Changemakers become aware of their nomination they are always very honoured by the recognition of their heartfelt contributions in their respective areas.
“The judges are always blown away by the incredible social entrepreneurship of the next generation. The judges have a tough yet rewarding job.”
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