Mothers enrichment program
An optional program which pairs young university students with families for a few hours each week to give them an authentic taste and experience of Jewish living and learning, while at the same time they provide support to at-home mothers.
General Overview for Participants
Summary: The Program is geared towards Jewish women aged 18-28 who are looking to make money by assisting mothers while gaining insight into how an observant Jewish home is run.
Hours: Each Participant will help a mother for three hours a week. One hour per week is a voluntary contribution, the other two hours are paid.
Payment: The participants will receive $18 an hour- partially paid by the mother they’re assisting, and partially subsidised by the program. The money can be paid weekly by direct debit to the student’s account.
Job Description: Students will be required to help with ‘light house work,’ such as basic tidying, as well as helping care for the children, in ways such as entertaining them or helping with homework. Specific job details are available to set up realistic expectations for the experience. Mothers will clarify their requirements and participants will state their preferred chores, and matches will be made accordingly.
Learning Opportunity: Each participant will be required to attend a six week training course, where an engaging course with highly qualified and dynamic teachers will educate them about the fundamentals of Judaism. These classes will cover topics such as how to keep a kosher home, the Jewish Woman in Judaism, and addressing general difficulties / controversies in Judaism.
Signup Process: There is an $18 sign-up fee to become a member of the program, and all potential participants are required to provide a valid 'Working With Children Check' number and two references. The interested women will then have an interview with the coordinator to ensure that the program is a good fit for them. They will then be matched with a mother deemed to be a suitable fit for them individually.
Time Frame of the Program: Participants are employed for a trial period of 6 weeks. Following this, both parties will provide feedback about their experience, so the coordinator can assess whether the arrangement suits both parties on an ongoing basis.
Logistics: There is no obligation for either party to continue with the arrangement, and either can opt out. The program is fairly new, and operational details may be subject to change.
Contact information: For further inquiries, contact info@merkos,com.au