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Young Adults

The Young Adults Leadership Retreat is the third program Stand Up runs as part of our unique relationship with our friends and partners in community. 

The program is for young adults from the communities of Toomelah and Boggabilla, providing an opportunity to partake in team building activities, work on goal setting, discuss and plan for their future plans and training/study/employment goals. 

The Leadership Retreat has developed from the long-term relationship between Stand Up and the communities of Toomelah and Boggabilla. The program focuses on developing confidence and leadership skills for senior school students and recent graduates. The program builds a peer support network between the youth and Stand Up mentors, who are experienced and familiar with the community after attending multiple programs.  

For any questions please contact: [email protected]

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Camp Connections

Camp Connections is the next step in the chain, after Derech Eretz.

After attending Derech Eretz and forging bonds with the community, Stand Up volunteers run Camp Connections.

Camp Connections is a program based on respect - for onesself and others - aimed at increasing self-esteem of teenage youth in Toomelah and Boggabilla and providing them with a positive peer support group. This program allows for further relationship development between Stand Up and the teenagers of these communities.

This program works with young people who have often been part of Stand Up’s kids program (Derech Eretz) as they continue to grow into young community leaders. 

The program provides the teenagers with structured activities to support leadership and self-esteem, as well as fun games and activities. 

For any questions please contact: [email protected]

Refugee Partnerships

Empowering refugees with the skills, knowledge and networks to achieve their potential in Australia.

We are currently investigating new partner organisations to help us expand our work and deliver even greater results

If your community is interested please get in touch.

Derech Eretz

“The way of the land”

Since 2005, Stand Up volunteers have been running fun school holiday programs in the communities of Toomelah and Boggabilla, and building a meaningful relationship with the elders and children.

Our youth program with the communities of Toomelah and Boggabilla (aka Derech Eretz) began in 2005 as a means of building a sustainable relationship with a First Nations community that would allow for intensive engagement and learning for volunteers, and provide useful services to the communities at the same time. The program takes Jewish young adults on two 10-day trips each year to Toomelah and Boggabilla, on the NSW/QLD border, to run school holiday programs for the kids. Activities include: sport, arts and crafts, swimming and youth leadership workshops.

Derech Eretz is the first step in the chain for our partnership. It's where new volunteers can come and build rapport with kids, encourage positive peer support dynamics and build the foundation for a generation long friendship and partnership with the young people in Toomelah and Boggabilla. Derech Eretz is the foundational stone on which our partnership and friendship is built.

The next Derech Eretz will be:  3rd-11th July 2022


For all questions contact: [email protected]

Derech Eretz

Stand Up has a special and enduring relationship with the Aboriginal communities of Toomelah and Boggabilla. For over 15 years, ‘Jewish mob’ and these communities have built long-lasting friendships based on mutual respect, admiration and a desire to learn and grow from each other.

Our relationship with Toomelah and Boggabilla materialises through 3 unique programs: Derech Eretz, Camp Connections and Young Adults. Each program has a set of unique objectives, designed to engage and partner with young people in Toomelah and Boggabilla to facilitate structured leadership, vocational and educational opportunities for people in the community, as well as fun and engaging games for younger members of the community during the school holidays.

The Hebrew term ‘Derech Eretz’ means literally, ‘the way of the land’, but as a concept embodies the idea of conduct that contributes to decency, respect, and social awareness. This is the name we have chosen for our Jewish-Aboriginal partnership program with Toomelah and Boggabilla.