AJ6 was set up in 1977 in response to the ongoing difficulties being faced by Jewish students on campus. It worked to prepare Jewish youth for the challenges they would face at university and to provide them with tools to navigate the political situation on UK campuses at the time.
AJ6 developed into a highly active youth movement which sought to develop Jewish fifth and sixthformers to shape Jewish life at school, at university and in the community. For years it developed youth leaders through peer-leadership where they ran their own activities in local regions all around the UK. AJ6 also ran residential weekends and conferences, gap year programmes and tours to Israel and Europe.
As well as its movement activities AJ6 also sought to achieve its aims by running services for the whole Jewish community regardless of background or affiliation. We did this by providing campus preparation services, including the AJ6 Guide to Jewish Student Life and by running the AJ6 JAMS schools project to provide a Jewish environment for pupils in mainstream schools.
In 2009, to better address the changing needs and commitments of Jewish teenagers, AJ6 evolved. Instead of empowering Jewish youth via a youth movement, it is now a grant-making trust, focussing its resources on a partnership with UJIA JAMS and UJS-Hillel preparing Jewish teenagers for the challenges they face at university and in the world at large. We welcome the opportunity to help others to achieve these aims.