Step Up motivates B’nai Mitzvah kids to engage with, pursue and achieve social justice.
Since 2020, more than 250 students across Melbourne and Sydney have completed our Step Up program.
83% of participants who completed the program in 2021 were inspired to take action in social justice.
An example of tikkun olam maybe understanding the past and seeing the mistakes and deciding that this won’t happen again. It’s ensuring a better world for the future.
– Tamar, age 12, Step Up participant
Our thought provoking and empowering social justice programs reach 1000’s of students in Jewish day schools across Melbourne and Sydney every year.
The program was excellent - thoroughly engaging and pitched perfectly! The presenters were also on point - just the right age to engage and inspire! I would love to run it again next year.
– Jake Fehily, Informal Education Department, Bialik College
100% of students who completed our program in 2021 said they are interested in social justice and agreed that there is a connection between being Jewish and caring for the world.
Stand Up’s refugee empowerment programs create meaningful and long-lasting impact. We bring Sudanese and South Sudanese people together with Jewish ‘buddies’ to form enriching friendships, learn together, and jointly tackle barriers that perpetuate disadvantage for migrant and refugee communities.
This year, our volunteers have increased by 70%.
84% of South Sudanese participants who completed the program in 2021 felt it helped them develop their leadership skills.
A 17-year friendship between the First Nations communities of Toomelah and Boggabilla and the 'Jewish Mob' that provides useful services to young people in the community & educates and inspires young Jewish leaders to pursue First Nations justice.
Over 220 Jewish young adults have developed a deeper connection with First Nations communities since participating in the program.
I just love the ‘Jewish Mob’ coming up to our communities. Just their smile and the relationship that we have with them... It’s a positive impact on everyone in our community.
– Aunty Milly, Toomelah & Boggabilla Elder
Through conversation, we bring First Nations voices, stories and histories into the Jewish community to forge an understanding and move forwards together towards self-determination and reconciliation.
I think truth-telling is the most important current step towards First Nations justice. Next steps will need to be action and changes, but before that this seems to be the way to get Australia on the right understanding of what happened in this country and where we’re at.
– Adam, Come Together participant, 2022