There are around 500 Jewish children born every year in NSW, QLD and ACT. Today, only 50% of these attend Jewish day schools for their high school education.
In 2013, 91 Moriah and Masada Year 10 students went on IST (Israel Study Tour), a 5-6 week program in Israel. The NSW Board of Jewish Education sent 25 students from non-Jewish day schools on Emet Israel.
In 2014, to test the assumption that cost is a significant barrier to greater adoption, a donor family committed to making $500,000 available through Y2i to provide 100 non- means tested vouchers of $5,000 for any prospective applicant. The vouchers were distributed in proportion to that cohort’s representation in the community. i.e. 50% of the vouchers were for students from outside the Jewish day school system. This resulted in 170 children joining programs in December 2014, 50% more than the preceding year. The most dramatic increase was from Emanuel School which sent its first group ever of 27 students.
In 2015, penetration rates in the Jewish Day Schools reach almost 80% and in the non- Jewish day school system at 15%. Y2i endeavours to increase the latter number exponentially over the next five to ten years so that 75% of ALL Year 10 students have this experience.
In 2017 Kesser Torah College sent its first group of 37 students combining year 9 and 10. It plans to continue sending students every second year.
Since 2015, the participation rates in all programs has increased. Details of the annual growth are published in the annual report, which is available to view here.