The Fellowship

The Stand Up Fellowship inspires and train the best social impact leaders from within the Jewish community


Take a powerful journey with an incredible community of change-makers with cutting edge resources, tools, leading mentors and speakers.

Check out the Melbourne 2017 Fellows

 Sydney joins the conversation

Thanks to funding from Jumpstart's Sharktank and the generosity of donors, 2017 sees Stand Up Sydney embark upon their first Social Impact Fellowship adventure.

The Vision

The Stand Up fellowship seeks to inspire and train the best social impact leaders aged 25 - 32, from within the Jewish community. We envision a world where people are driven by their own sense of purpose, striving to make the global community a better place.

Here at Stand Up we believe we can change the world.

Despite the size of this undertaking, for us the formula is relatively simple: find the right people, help them realise their passion, purpose and potential, surround them with a tribe of like-minded supporters, inspirers and collaborators and give them the best tools, skills and strategies to make a difference.  

The result? We‘ve created what we believe is one of the most powerful learning journey’s in the Australian social impact landscape. If you are passionate about self-exploration, growth, connection, collaboration and creating social or environmental change, then this program is for you.

The Fellowship 

Now in its fourth year, the Stand Up Fellowship is a powerful journey for individuals dedicated to making a positive change in the world we live in.

You will become part of an incredible community of change makers and be given the tools to tackle the social issues you are passionate about in order to lead the way in affecting change.

Over a series of workshops, encounters, gatherings and escapes with some of Australia's leading figures in social change - from the CEO of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre to the Director of The School of Life - you will be trained and guided along your change-making journey.

We will be both a sounding board and an incubator for your ideas and will teach you how to go from idea to action. More importantly, we will hold you accountable so you will actually bring your ideas to life. We will support you with these action projects whether they be a commitment to bring about a certain change in your life, a new social or environmental venture or something innovative you’d like to create from within an existing organisation or workplace. 

You will be provided with access to cutting edge resources and tools you may never otherwise hear about and we’ll give you full access to our incredible network of mentors.

Since 2014, we have trained 40 Fellows to become the change they wish to see in the world and their community. 

So....what will you get out of it?

A lot. But to make it easier, we've broken down some highlights of our program below for you.

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I’ve really felt that we’ve been given the tools to go out there and be that change-maker
— Jeremy, 2016 Fellow

Click here For More Testimonials, stories and to see the people that make our Up community.

I was so close to missing out on what has been one of the best decisions and opportunities I have experienced...thank you for taking us on this beautiful, open and challenging journey, for introducing me to my Melbourne Family and lifelong crew, for providing opportunities to learn so much from both of you, our group, the amazing workshops and speakers!
— Leah, 2016 Fellow


Change-makers who have previously spoken to our Fellows. 

·       Melissa Castan: Deputy Director for the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

·       Elliott Costello: Co-founder and CEO of YGAP

·       Mark Dreyfus QC MP: Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Minister for the Arts

·       Justine Flynn: co-founder and Director of Brand and People at Thankyou Group

·       Kaj Lofgren: Director of The School of Life

·       Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM: CEO and Founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

·       Jan Owen AM: CEO, of Foundation for Young Australians

·       David Ritter: CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific

·       Benson Saulo: National Director of the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy

·       Rebecca Scott: CEO of STREAT

·       Evan Thornley: Founding director of Getup and former CEO of Better Place Australia

Program and Approach

The Fellowship utilises 4 simple pathways to educate and inspire in each of our two cities.


We believe immersion retreats are the most effective way to build community and to have deep, meaningful conversations. That’s why the fellowship includes the opportunity to escape the city to a beautiful natural surrounding, offering the fellows a chance to escape from the activity of daily life whilst providing space for reflection, co-creation and the building of their community.


Encounters take fellows out on excursions to delve deeper into a diverse collection of social impact pathways, engaging them with their cities change-makers and providing detailed insights into the nuts and bolts of how such organisations run, overcome challenges and excel in their fields. Encounters will be run on Sundays. 


Workshops will be focused on learning practical new skills, tools or frameworks. Due to our connections with leading organisations in the social impact and Design Thinking space, we have access to some of the leading practices worldwide. There will be one encounter or workshop run on a Sunday each month for the duration of the Fellowship.


Gatherings will usually take place one evening a month. A time for the Fellowship group to check-in, share ideas, process and reflect upon our journey so far; enjoying the chance to re-connect with our community.


But wait there's still more...

The Fellowship is enhanced by some additional opportunities.

2017 Melbourne Calendar (guide only)

The Melbourne Fellowship runs for 7 months, from February to September 2017, and will include a combination of workshops, encounters, gatherings and escapes.

Gatherings run from approximately 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm*

Encounters & Workshops will run on Sundays and will be approximately 4 to 8 hours*

The Calendar is a guideline only and may be subject to change

*Times serve as an approximate guide and may vary slightly.


The Fellowship comes to Sydney

After four successful years in Melbourne, we are finally Standing Up in Sydney with the introduction of a brand new Fellowship designed specially for Sydney-siders. The Sydney program will take its participants on an intensive 4 month journey through the social impact landscape of our city, introducing fellows to some of N.S.W's greatest change-makers, including leaders in innovation, social entrepreneurship and social justice. 

This is your opportunity, as a next generation Jewish leader, to invest time in discovering your unique change-making capacity whilst exploring the rich diversity of social impact pathways your city has to offer.

2017 Sydney Calendar (guide only)

Please note, the calendar is a guide only and will be subject to change.


The Team

We have an all-star team that has created this incredible program and absolutely love bringing it to life. This crew consist of the Fellowship core facilitators - Aaron, Gary and Elan -  as well as our coaches - Adrienne and Danny 


Aaron densham

Aaron is an educator, facilitator and experience designer. His passion in education is focused on self-exploration, wellbeing and creating social impact. Aaron has been leading groups and educating for over 10 years across the globe and is the current Leadership Director at Stand Up. In 2015 he launched his own education organisation, the Bloom Collective and more recently has been working as a facilitator and experience designer with the Centre for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania.


Gary samowitz

Gary is the CEO of Stand Up Australia. He has over 15 years experience in leading groups and creating positive change and has been instrumental in building Stand Up into the impactful organisation that it is today. Gary has facilitated many trips to Israel, Poland and remote Indigenous communities. He is currently a Schusterman Fellow, recognised as an inspiring and influential leader in the Jewish world. He enjoys competing in triathlons and being a good dad to his three kids.


Adrienne O'Dell

Adrienne is the current Operations Manager at Stand Up and is passionate about designing innovative solutions that create positive social change. Previously she worked for 5 years at the Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders, at the University of Sydney as their lead operations and project manager. She is also involved in a social enterprise, Wellschool, that sources education from leading experts and brings people together in Wellcircles to learn, share and support each other to be well.


danny almagor

Danny is the Managing Director of Small Giants and was the founder and CEO of Engineers without Borders Australia. He is unwavering in his commitment to make the world a better place. He has done some other cool stuff including being part of the team that broke the world record for racing a solar car across Australia from Darwin to Adelaide. 

Elan Zavelsky

Curiosity, kindness and compassion are Lani’s driving force. With a background in the performing arts, Lani incorporates creative play as a foundational approach to all his work; supporting young people in Out of Home Care, facilitating for the Beacon Foundation and overseeing crisis-care for the Gender Centre. However, this opportunity to provide a communal platform for young leaders to find their social impact voice is one of his most exciting career moves to date. Lani is thrilled to be Co-ordinating the Standup Fellowship in Sydney.