THE Youth Program
A DEMANDING EXTRACURRICULAR EXCELLENCE
PROGRAM SERVING ISRAELI-ETHIOPIAN YOUTH
now serving 211 5th-12th grade students
with150 program graduates
*pursuing military/national service or higher education
OUR Educational Philosophy
Through a unique combination of program components, we provide the framework necessary to foster greater self-esteem and success.
Participants enter into an atmosphere that provides a deep sense of family. They are immersed in their culture and heritage in order to ensure that they first take pride in theirfamily and where they came from. As they come to better understand their roots and increase engagement with their family, their parents’ relevance is reinforced which creates pride, hope and encouragement. Through this process, participants build a stronger sense of identity which positively impacts their self-esteem.
Participants and then motivated to take advantage of the resources placed before them. They begin to see dramatic improvements; both academically and socially. Their perception shifts to that of believing that there is no limit to what they can achieve. As they grow, our dedicated team provides a supportive environment and the guidance necessary to keep them moving forward.
providing a framework that empowers Israeli-Ethiopian youth and assists them in reaching their highest potential
The academic component encompasses four hours per week at the Technion, Israel’sInstitute of Technology (a world renowned University which ranks among the world’s top 100 universities and boasts several Nobel prize laureates).
In addition to quality instruction in the core subjects of English and mathematics, a major benefit of the program is the setting itself of the prestigious university campus. The atmosphere cultivated instills a sense of pride and confidence for our participants and their parents. A participant who feels at home on campus and known by the professors on a first name basis is unlikely to perceive the Technion or any other high quality university as something out of reach.The significance of this point cannot be over emphasized because psychological barriers created by low self-esteem among are by far the biggest obstacles facing Israeli-Ethiopian youth.
*Participants also receive private tutoring as needed.
The enrichment component takes place at Oranim Academic College of Education where participants are provided four hours of quality instruction per week. This component focuses on proactive engagement and facilitates the development of essential foundations which more privileged children receive at home.
Topics and activities include learning strategy, decision making, leadership, debate training, army preparation, mock trial, drama, science and technology, economics and history. Additionally, participants are taken on special field trips and attend lectures with an emphasis on Ethiopians success stories.
Family & Heritage Component
A variety of different events and activities are put together in order to immerse participants in cultural elements which help build a more coherent sense of identity, increased self-esteem and an enhanced self-image. There activities combined with a high level parent involvement enables participants to explore and take pride in their heritage. As a result, participants proudly identify as Ethiopians, Jews, and Israelis, which is critical to their success.
Our program also take graduates on a Roots trip to Ethiopia in order to further expand their knowledge of the culture, history and heritage.
We provide a strong, family style support system that's available through every challenge and milestone. Our team is constantly in contact with the participant’s school, his/her school teachers and program teachers. Academic performance, behavior, and overall progress is assessed on a regular basis. 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. Parents are also contacted and met with regularly and whenever any concern is detected. Periodic surveys and interviews are conducted to further evaluate the program and ensure participant success.