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Inspiring Young Changemakers in the Holidays STAND UP JACQUI DUBS Stand Up ABC combines the fun and adventure kids want during their school holidays, with an enriching experience showing Bnei Mitzvah aged boys and girls how they can make a positive impact on the world. Highlights of the program in Melbourne and Sydney include the opportunity to hear firsthand the moving personal story of a recently arrived refugee, as well as the chance to walk with an Aboriginal Elder, and uncover the ancient history and cultural meaning behind local landmarks. “Our daughter was particularly moved by Mohsen’s story and really wanted to tell me about it and debrief about it herself afterwards”,reflected ABC parent Melanie, after the group met with an asylum seeker from Iran. “It was an excellent opportunity for our kids to see the human face of asylum seeker policy and develop compassion for and awareness of others in need. Thanks for giving them that opportunity”. Stand Up is a community led non-profit that has been dedicated to working with disadvantaged communities in Australia, and inspiring the next generation of Jewish changemakers, over the last 25 years. Using this knowledge, Stand Up’s team of passionate and experienced informal educators have designed the Stand Up ABC holiday program to be an interactive and stimulating experience for Bnei Mitzvah youth. In small friendly groups, participants explore the Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), Tzedek (justice) and Chessed (kindness), and how to apply these principles as they reach young adulthood. For many 11 to 13 year olds, the program marks their first step towards understanding the important social justice responsibilities in Jewish life. As part of this journey, participants also delve into contemporary social justice issues, such as homelessness, Indigenous

reconciliation, poverty and the protection of human rights. Each group has approximately 12 students, allowing every child’s voice to be heard, friendships to form, and the opportunity for each individual to generate their own ideas for making a positive and tangible difference in the community. In the words of Stand Up ABC participant, Claudia,“I really enjoyed Stand Up ABC and it taught me so much. I am now way more encouraged to help in my community and make a difference. I enjoyed doing the living on $2 a day challenge because it made me think about everyone who is less fortunate than us”. The program includes a finale celebration where participants use their leadership skills to take their family and friends on an interactive journey through what they have learned. Every child that completes Stand Up ABC is also eligible to receive the Gandel Young Leader Award, which honours the achievements of an outstanding participant from Melbourne and Sydney annually. “Stand Up ABC was a wonderful experience. It taught me that sometimes we take our privileged lives for granted, and we lose sight of how lucky we are”,said Ariella, a past Gandel Young Leader Award winner. Stand Up ABC runs programs during each school term, as well as the April and October holiday breaks. Through the generous support of Gandel Philanthropy and The All in Giving Circle, Stand Up ABC is offered at a discounted rate, and aims to be inclusive of everyone irrespective of financial circumstances. Over 740 Bnei Mitzvah youth have completed this dynamiccourse in Melbourne and Sydney over the last 7 years. Register for the Stand Up ABC Holiday Program (15 - 17 April) in MELBOURNE & SYDNEY at www.standup.org.au/ABC.  For more information contact: education@standup.org.au, (03) 9500 2206

Stand Up ABC kids hearing the story of a Sudanese refugee in Melbourne.

Stand Up ABC kids meeting hearing the story of an Iranian asylum seeker in Sydney

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the sydney jewish report - march 2019  

the sydney jewish report - march 2019