Twelve Batmi is a unique, alternative program giving bat mitzvah girls and their families the opportunity to embark on a year long journey of giving and kindness. Participants will learn firsthand about different social issues in the broader community, such as homelessness, food security, disadvantage, disability and social isolation. The program consists of tailored monthly volunteering experiences with Melbourne’s most dynamic organisations.
The Twelve Batmi program has been designed to create a shared family volunteer experience for parent and child. Studies have repeatedly confirmed what we know as the ‘helper’s high’ – that volunteering activities evoke gratitude, boosts mental health and self-esteem and creates a strong connectedness to others.
The bat mitzvah year can create a somewhat distorted view of the world around us. Twelve Batmi's non-traditional bat mitzvah program reinforces to girls the importance of giving back to others in a year that can very easily become absorbed with parties and celebrations. The program also recognises the growing maturity of the bat mitzvah girl and empowers her to step up by taking on more social awareness, and importantly, allows her to make a positive impact to the world around her.
The average cost of a bat mitzvah varies greatly and can reach up to tens of thousands of dollars, but the benefits of a year-long journey of volunteering are priceless.
The Twelve Batmi Program
Around 60-70 Jewish families participate in the Twelve Batmi program from a wide variety of schools and backgrounds. The program begins in February with a workshop attended by all participants. The remaining sessions are held monthly on Sunday afternoons, where our families will be divided into three groups.
Each group attends a different volunteering experience which are rotated where possible. Not for Profits are partners are handpicked by our team who curate rich experiential learning opportunities in different social issues (such as homelessness, literacy, food security) using a variety of volunteering activities (such as cooking food, planting a garden, making blankets etc).
Participants have the unique opportunity to partake in tailored experiences that are generally closed to the public. Sessions are usually held on site with the charity, giving families an up close and personal opportunity to meet with staff and clients helped by the organisation.