Essex Army Cadet Youth leader inspires young people

For most people, working with young people who have special educational needs would prove challenging enough, but for local Army Cadet officer Andy Monk it’s just one part of his contribution to the community of South Essex.

During the working week, 28-year-old Andy is Network Manager at The St. Christopher School Academy Trust in Leigh on Sea, a specialist school for communication and interaction which supports over two hundred students aged between three and nineteen to overcome associated issues in their lives. In addition, he regularly passes on his ICT skills in the classroom and places great importance on the development of young people in general.

Andy was an army cadet as a teenager and in 2009 decided to rejoin Essex Army Cadet Force as an Adult Instructor. Since then there has been no looking back.

“I remember sitting with a friend reminiscing about our army cadet days and the fun we had, and we both decided then and there to get involved again to re-live the enjoyment by helping similar young people achieve and become better people.” said Andy.

True to his words, Andy, a local man raised in South Essex, has now gone one step further and is the officer in charge of the cadet detachment in Runnymede Road, Canvey Island, which is comprised of thirty three young cadets aged thirteen to eighteen and four adult instructors.

“It’s great to be able to inspire young people to get the most out of life, and as an officer I also have close involvement in the training and development of adult instructors”’ he said.

As a Second Lieutenant, Andy holds a Territorial Army Type B Queens Commission specifically to work with young people and has been trained in a variety of skills for the role. But it’s not all about the military, he finds that combining his cadet force training with his experiences at The St Christopher School enables him to better understand and develop his cadets to higher levels. In addition to organising fun activities locally, Andy is now set to go on the adventure of a lifetime in August, travelling to Ghana as a Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme Leader with a group of eight army cadets keen to experience far off lands and cultures.

Closer to home Andy’s ambitions in life are simple, to devote himself to the well-being of young people and eventually have a family of his own. In the meantime he plays guitar and enjoys reading mythological stories of high adventure, just the thing for an aspiring youth leader.

ACF is Recruiting…
More good news is that the Army Cadet Force is seeking additional adults from all walks of life who share Andys passion for assisting young people to achieve. People able to take on the challenge of being an officer are needed throughout the area. No previous military experience or high levels of fitness are required.

The ACF needs people with common sense, drive and determination who have the ability to communicate with young people and lead other adults in shaping their future. Benefits include free training and equipment, repayment of expenses and payment for time given. Management qualifications are also on offer, which could also improve personal career success.

For more information about the army cadet force and how you can be part of it get in touch…
Call: 01245 462302

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