The Ariela Foundation

Our main objective is to assist youngsters of Ethiopian origin with promise for excellence in innovative ("ground breaking") career paths to fully fulfill their potential and maximize their personal and professional growth. The creation of such success stories can have a great impact on their immediate surroundings by creating true role models for other Ethiopian youngsters and Israeli society in general. Excellence comes in many forms including studies, arts, sports and community leadership.

The Ariela Foundation
Lev Hanitzan Building, 2nd Floor
Golda Meir Street 3, Science Park
Ness Tziona, Shfela 74036
Israel
+972 8 9367030
http://www.ariela.org.il/eng

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Eric Goldberg

Management Team

Sagit Kraus Harari, Anat Aviram, Alon Demle, Tirsit Legesse Bishaw, Sharon Yaffe

Board of Directors

Doron Klein, Shlomo Peled, Ze'ev Kaso, Eric Goldberg, Yotam Levin, Yoel Frischoff, Tal Checol, Lea Paserman Paserman, Sagit Kraus Harari, Anat Aviram, Alon Demle, Tirsit Legesse Bishaw, Sharon Yaffe

Project Leaders

Eric Goldberg
Doron Klein

Mission

Our main objective is to assist youngsters of Ethiopian origin with promise for excellence in innovative ("ground breaking") career paths to fully fulfill their potential and maximize their personal and professional growth. The creation of such success stories can have a great impact on their immediate surroundings by creating true role models for other Ethiopian youngsters and Israeli society in general. Excellence comes in many forms including studies, arts, sports and community leadership.

Programs

The Maof Assistance Program for Gifted Students: The Maof Program is a nationwide initiative to promote excellence amongst outstanding youngsters through ongoing personal mentoring and long term tailor made assistance. Our main objective is to allow participants to fully integrate into a career path in their specific area of excellence, thus allowing participants to achieve economic independence through higher salary positions. The Hebrew word of "Maof" can be translated into English as imagination or vision. In this spirit, Ariela seeks to assist uniquely talented individuals of Ethiopian origin interested in pursuing "ground breaking" professional career paths in terms of their social impact upon their immediate surroundings. Within the framework of our Maof Program for gifted individuals, we are continuously searching for outstanding youngsters that display unique talents in the field of academics, social activities, arts, sports, business and more. The program operates at the national level with participants ranging in age from elementary school to University level students. Our organization nurtures these youngsters through unique long term assistance programs tailor made to the individual needs of each case, thus creating a unique bond with the participant and his immediate family. These assistance programs are composed of a variety of complementary elements such as: Academic scholarships Tutoring sessions in selected subjects After school enrichment programs, courses and activities Material assistance for purchasing professional / educational supplies Educational/professional guidance and counselling services Personal coaching / mentoring sessions designed to maximize personal advancement Workshops and educational field trips in a group framework Additional support that promotes excellence As part of our principle of empowering participants by helping others, all program participants are required to sign an assistance agreement which includes a component of volunteer work / giving back to the community. The Star Program: The Ariela Star Program is a holistic, intensive and ongoing framework that promotes personal, educational and social growth amongst Israeli youngsters of Ethiopian origin. The main objectives for each participant include personal enrichment, development of life skills for success, obtaining a high quality high school diploma, completion of meaningful army service and academic studies. Acceptance requirements into the program include above average grades, high levels of motivation and parental support. Program activities began in 2008 and currently assist dozens of students in three geographic locations; Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Gedera and Ness Tziona. The activities are divided into three main developmental phases: 1) Middle school 2) High School 3) Army service, academic studies and integration into the job market Not all participants are expected to complete all stages since this is a competitive program where only those students that meet relevant criteria can continue to the next phase. Therefore, as the group moves from phase to phase, the group size is reduced and the assistance provided becomes available only to those that have displayed seriousness, commitment and personal motivation to succeed. Program objectives are achieved through a variety of activities that vary from year to year and from group to group but include six core elements: Tutorial lessons in essential subject areas such as English, mathematics and language skills. Development of social skills (such as team work and leadership) through enriching experiential activities that include outdoor group activities involving physical challenges. Development of personal skills (such as self-empowerment, decision making skills, time management and effective planning) through personal mentoring. Enrichment activities such as science workshops, exposure to the academic world, financial management, visits to museums and cultural events. An increase in parental and family involvement through parenting workshops to help participants cope with inter-generational and social gaps, setting behavioral boundaries for teenagers and other issues unique to Ethiopian Jewry in Israel. Community service by participants which are expected to give back to the community by volunteering in suitable tailor made programs in order to serve as role models to community members and further advance Ariela's social objectives. In addition, Individual financial support for select cases is awarded to enable students to purchase equipment required for their professional/educational advancement (e.g. school books, computers, etc.).

Statistics on The Ariela Foundation

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2011: $305,000
  • Annual Budget for 2009: $220,000
  • Other funding sources: -Local municipalities -Foundations -Private Donors