Adele Tondu, YMCA Thames Gateway
Adele is 18 years old and works for YMCATG part-time as a birthday party host. She enjoys working with children and regularly volunteers at a local charity shop. She is also passionate about politics.
Adele heard that YMCAE&W were looking for young people to attend a forum in parliament. This particularly appealed to Adele who would like to go on to study international politics at ULIP in Paris. She was lucky enough to be chosen and in September 2017 represented the YMCA in parliament.
In 2018 Adele was nominated for YMCA Youth Ambassador. She has since undergone PR training delivered by the BBC and regularly meets with fellow ambassadors from around the UK which has helped her to develop her leadership skills.
Adele then attended two further youth forums in parliament; the first an introduction to legislation and the second the opportunity to meet MP’s and discuss issues affecting young people.
More recently Adele spotted an opportunity to attend a UN event and put herself forward. She produced a report outlining why she wanted to attend and her passion shone through. Adele attended the ECOSOC Forum at the UN in New York in April 2019. This was a two day event focusing on youth empowerment and engagement with the theme of promoting peaceful, inclusive societies and justice.
Adele thoroughly immersed herself in the forum; she met over 20 leaders from YMCAs from around the world, and putting her Youth Ambassador skills into practice introduced herself to the French Ambassador. Adele also delivered a session on the work that YMCA delivers locally and nationally and spoke out about why she felt it was important to ask young people what they want.
Adele is looking forward to volunteering at YMCA 175 event in August and in the future intends to apply to be on the Youth Council.