Stand Up finale inspires children and parents alike to make a difference

“It was so inspiring to know that I could change something in this world.” – Stand Up participant, age 11.

On Sunday the 17th of March Jewish Aid Australia’s Stand Up participants and their families gathered together at The Whitehouse in St Kilda to showcase their achievements. The eight week program for Bar and Bat Mitzvah aged students teaches social justice concepts including Tzedakah, Fare Trade and the Ten Modern Plagues of today such as extreme poverty, climate change, homelessness, racism and bullying. For the finale, participants had the opportunity to be the teachers, running the program for their parents and families. One parent said, “I was very impressed with the way the children were able to articulate their learning in the final sharing session. They all spoke with confidence and passion, and you could see that they had formed opinions on what they were talking about.”

Stand Up-ers ask their families to rank the ten 'modern plagues' of the 21st century.

Stand Up-ers ask their families to rank the ten ‘modern plagues’ of the 21st century.

Stand Up has been a great success for Jewish Aid with participants doubling in number from last year.  “ We’re excited for our Stand Up-ers to take part in the next step: Stand Up And Be Counted (Stand Up ABC) where participants come up with an idea of how they intend to change the world around them and with access to a small seed fund and ongoing mentorship our informal education team, will implement their ideas in the community” said  Elise Teperman, Director of the program.

Previous Stand Up participants have raised money for our Sudanese Refugee Support programs such as the Homework club.

Later in the year participants will have the opportunity to continue their Stand Up journey at Jewish Aid’s first Stand Up Retreat. Stand Up Term 2 in Melbourne starts on 21st of April and in Sydney on May 12th. Click here to find out more!