Does my child have to do a Mitzvah Project?

Personally, I don’t like this term. When child becomes B’nei Mitzvah, they are responsible for taking on the mitzvah (commandment) of tikkun olam – repairing the world. So, the notion of a Mitzvah project indicates an end, when this is really a beginning. I ask my students to look at the problems they see in the world – and think about what they can do to help solve them. They, they start doing that and teach the congregation what they can do, as well. My past students focused on animal welfare, literacy, poverty, litter, meat consumption, plastic use and even a lack of kindness in the world.