Participant Reflections

Read some inspiring reflections below from previous Stand Up ABC participants.

Bnei Mitzvah Participant Reflections

“My favourite program was going to the Dandenong market and doing the $2 challenge. I learnt about Indigenous rights, the poverty cycle, and so much more. Something that shocked me was the privilege walk… I learnt how privileged I am.” – Anoushka 

‘I had a lot of fun at Stand Up ABC and I learnt so much. My favourite part was when we went to Dandenong and I like just talking to different types of people. I am now encouraged to stand up for lots of things that I didn’t even know about before I came to Stand Up ABC.‘ – Isaac

I was inspired by what I learnt during my Stand Up journey and really wanted to help people who do not have access to the same opportunities as me. Together with Jess it was easy to combine our skills and put on a dance camp to raise money for a good cause. I really enjoyed this project and it feels so good to give back” – Gia

It was hard work but totally worth it. My best part was the concert at the end! I can’t believe how much money we raised and I’m so glad that Stand Up showed us that even though we are just kids we can make a difference in the world’ – Jess

‘I learnt that even the smallest of actions can change the world. We learnt how to break the poverty cycle, what Rambam’s different levels of giving are, and that we can stand up for what we think is wrong and right, like William Cooper. My favourite part of Stand Up ABC was the people. Stand Up was an incredible experience.‘- Romy

From this program I learnt that only 6% of homeless people live on the streets and I learnt what it actually means to be homeless and how people become homeless.’ – Amira. Click here to read her full account of the Stand Up ABC Alumni visit to the Big Issue.

“Stand Up ABC has challenged me to step into disadvantaged people’s shoes. I have learnt about refugees, poverty, fair trade, Aboriginals, and many other issues. I feel privileged that I could be a part of the program and it has inspired me to do my bit in making the world a better place.” – Asha

Before Stand Up ABC, I didn’t know how many things were going on around the world – extreme poverty, animal welfare issues, rainforest destruction and how many people want to come to Australia – to be safe. I really enjoyed Stand up because it has really put things into perspective for me, how lucky I am and how it would be to walk in another person’s shoes.”- Rory

“My Stand Up ABC experience was an incredibly memorable one for so many reasons. All the activities were so much fun and interactive, and the leaders were so inspirational and helpful. What stood out for me was the excursion to Blacktown to visit the Sudanese community. It made me realise how lucky I am to have everything I have in my life, and it also showed me the importance of learning about other cultures, stories and experiences.” – Allie

“I have learnt that not only adults can make a difference but also young children can make a difference. Stand up has been a great experience because I have learnt so many ways I can help the world.” – Lara

“Stand up was a great experience and will stay close to me where ever I go, it will forever be in the back of my mind and I will always think about what I’ve learnt and experienced and how the stand- up program has changed me forever.” – Steven

Eventually I believe everyone will learn the life lesson that we did but us as a group where fortunate to do so at such a young age.” – Steven

“We were all asked about what we would take a stand for.” – Tyla

“Thank you Janet for running this program and teaching me these life lessons early!” – Ari