Yeshua Carter’s life has been defined by the opportunities volunteering has given him. He’s been volunteering in his community since the age of 16, supporting young people towards a positive path.
He’s now a project ambassador for Dear Youngers, a programme designed to support the mental health of young black men, a journey that’s taken him from volunteer to a paid opportunity:
“Volunteering is a vehicle that can carry a lot of young people to a positive destination. I started off at Dear Youngers as a volunteer and a participant, but from there the founder of the charity it’s linked to, First Class Foundation, saw my dedication and from there I became a project ambassador. Volunteering led directly to a paid opportunity.”
With applications now open to volunteer at Birmingham 2022, Yeshua Carter says it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young people from all communities to do something special that could set them up for life:
“Birmingham 2022 is an amazing platform to showcase young volunteers’ talent. Employers are always asking young people for experience; volunteering is a great outlet to gain that experience in a short amount of time. It connects you to different networks.
“If you’re interested in sport, volunteering at Birmingham 2022 could open you up to a career within that field, open you up to so many new experiences and opportunities.”
With hundreds of volunteer roles available at the Games, Carter’s message to anyone who’s never volunteered before is to go for it:
“See this opportunity as an acorn. If you plant it, it can grow, and you never know what doors it might open, what seeds it can plant in you, or your community. Volunteering teaches you to be selfless, to impact others, and we need to support others, that’s how we build society.
“When you merge passion with volunteering it always leads to opportunities.”