Melbourne’s Young Achievers

December 3, 2012 by Ayal Tusia
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Melbourne’s Jewish Care has wrapped up its 2012 Young Achiever Program with dinner for graduates recently at Caulfield Park Pavilion  to celebrate another successful and rewarding year.

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This year 12 graduates – including three who completed three years of the program – joined with parents, donors and mentors to receive their certificates of completion and reflect on an exceptional year.

During the past 12 months, participants have improved their knowledge and skills through a series of workshops, cultural exchange, theatre sports, self defence, meditation, paramedic training and rock climbing, while improving teamwork and communications. Each mentee was paired with a mentor, helping participants to achieve their goals.

Guest speaker Naomi Milgrom AO, Executive Chair and CEO of the Sussan Group, provided inspiration and guidance for the future.

“The success of this program lies in the mentoring connection between a person with both professional and life-experience, and a young person setting out on adult life,” Ms Milgrom said. “What drives this connection is the mutual desire to create a life of purpose, to achieve a life of meaning.”

Graduate Asher Kozma said, “Aside from all the great workshops, the camp and my mentor, the Young Achiever’s Program has given me the opportunity to meet and socialise with other Jewish students.”

“The friendships and connections made on the program don’t end now, they continue on for the rest of our lives.”

This year marks the ninth year of the Young Achievers Program running at Jewish Care. Since its inception, 85 young adults have participated and reaped the benefits of program, as well as the scholarships on offer.

Jewish Care thanks all involved this year, including Philip Brass, Life Governor of Jewish Care and Co-Founder of the Young Achievers Program.

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