Stand Up has a unique and enduring relationship with the predominantly Aboriginal communities of Toomelah and Boggabilla. For 18 years, the affectionately-titled ‘Jewish mob’ and these communities have fostered long-lasting friendships based on mutual respect, admiration and a desire to learn and grow from one another.
Stand Up’s partnership with Toomelah and Boggabilla primarily materialises through Derech Eretz. Derech Eretz involves young Jewish adults facilitating school holiday programs for Toomelah and Boggabilla’s primary school-aged youth, connecting with Elders and learning about First Nations histories and current affairs. Over the years, however, variations of this program have also engaged Toomelah and Boggabilla’s teenagers and young adults in structural leadership, vocational and educational opportunities.