Leaders of the Future
A six-year excellence program dedicated to serving Israeli-Ethiopian youth who are selected in seventh grade and stay with the program until matriculation from high school. Leaders of the Future (LOF) is a demanding extracurricular program comprising several components of enrichment, both academic and non-academic, each targeted toward specific objectives. The program also provides transportation, meals and supervision.
OUR Educational Philosophy
The success of our program lies in the synergy of the child, the family, their heritage and the program.
We empower Israeli-Ethiopian youth to reach for the highest standards and the success of our program lies in the synergy of the child, the family, their heritage and the program. First, the child must build self-esteem by taking pride in his/her family and heritage and by believing in his/her heart that there is no limit to what they can achieve. Only then can they capitalize on the resources placed before them. The reinforcement of the parents’ relevance in turn supports the child and creates pride, hope and encouragement. Our experienced supervisors who hail from the Ethiopian communities regularly visit with the parents and involve them in the program. The supportive environment and guidance created by the program supervisors and teachers is the final piece to a successful outcome. The youth of this community have vast potential, which is being uncovered before our eyes.
OUR Educational Philosophy
In addition to the quality instruction, a major benefit of the program is the setting itself of the prestigious Technion campus and the pride and confidence it instills in the children and their parents.
The academic component of the program encompasses four hours per week given at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (a world renowned University which ranks among the world’s top 100 universities and boasts several Nobel prize laureates), and consists of core subjects English and Mathematics taught in an informal setting by professional instructors in small groups. In addition to the quality instruction, a major benefit of the program is the setting itself of the prestigious Technion campus and the pride and confidence it instills in the children and their parents. A child who feels at home on campus and known by the professors on a first name basis is unlikely to perceive the Technion as something out of reach but rather as a place he or she can aspire to. The significance of this point cannot be over emphasized because psychological barriers created by low self-esteem among Ethiopian youth are by far their biggest obstacles according to those who have experience in working with this community.
*The majority of participants receive an additional hour of private tutoring per week.
The topics and activities include leadership, debate training, army preparation, mock trial, drama, economics, history, Ethiopian Jewish culture, Israeli culture, special field trips, guest speakers (with an emphasis on Ethiopians with personal success stories), etc.
The enrichment component also provides four hours weekly at Oranim Academic College of Education. The College provides exposure to a wide variety of topics and activities with an emphasis on proactive engagement of the students. These topics and activities include leadership, debate training, army preparation, mock trial, drama, economics, history, Ethiopian Jewish culture, Israeli culture, special field trips, guest speakers (with an emphasis on Ethiopians with personal success stories), etc. The activities which deal with exposure to topics like law, economics, history etc, serve to provide background knowledge which are essential foundations and reference points for further learning which more privileged children will have absorbed naturally in their home environments. The courses in learning strategy and decision making are designed to help improve cognitive abilities.
Family & Heritage Component
The family and heritage component enables participants to explore and take pride in their heritage and identity as Ethiopians, Jews, and Israelis.
Participants are exposed to numerous lectures of personal Ethiopian success stories and Ethiopian Jewish history and culture. A variety of different events and functions are put together in order to immerse participants in cultural elements which helps build a sense of pride and self esteem. Our program also take graduates on a Roots trip to Ethiopia in order to further expand their knowledge of the culture, history and heritage.
These activities combined with their parent's involvement enables participants to explore and take pride in their heritage. As a result, participants proudly identify as Ethiopians, Jews, and Israelis, which is a crucial component in enhancing their self-esteem.
Each child’s performance is tracked and followed up on regularly.
Parents are contacted and met with intermediately and whenever any concern is detected. Regular school visits are conducted with the school and the child’s teachers to discuss academic performance, behavior, and overall progress. Report cards are collected and analyzed at the end of each semester. Action plans which include private tutoring, summer school, and any other needed interventions are implemented accordingly to insure persistence and successful completion of the program. Additionally, parental meeting are held at least twice a year to promote parent involvement and engagement.