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.
Nov 8, 2010

MAOF Program Update – 5 November 2010

Revital, an 11th grade soprano singer
Revital, an 11th grade soprano singer

Thanks to your generous support, the MAOF Program for Gifted Students continues to provide long-term personalized support tailored to each of the program's current 15 participants (ranging in age from elementary school to university students). Our multi-layered program includes academic scholarships, tutoring sessions in selected subject areas, material support for professional/educational supplies, life and social skills workshops, personal (one on one) mentoring and educational field trips.

During the 3rd Quarter of 2010 (August to October) which included the summer vacation in which the students enjoyed time off, here are some examples of the activities that were delivered to MAOF Program participants:

Nofar, a middle school student from Rishon Le Tzion received one on one English tutoring sessions during the summer vacation (12 full-hour lessons), continuation of funding for a weekly science enrichment course at the Weizmann Institute of Science and  personal mentoring once a week.

Hodaya, a middle school student from the development town of Kiryat Malachi, continued to receive a scholarship that allows her to study at the private Ulpana Zvia School in Rehovot, weekly piano studies and an enrichment science course at the Weizmann Institute (an hour and a half a week).

Yair, a middle school student from Rishon Le Tzion, continued to receive English tutoring lessons during the summer vacation (9 full hour lessons) plus continuation of funding for his participation in the Program for Math Gifted Youth at the Bar Ilan University.

Yaniv, a middle school student from Rishon Le Tzion continued to receive English tutoring lessons during the summer vacation (12 full hour lessons),  17 tutoring lessons in language skills and a continuation of funding for the Soccer School in the frame of the Young League (with practice thrice a week).

Revital, an 11th grade student and talented soprano singer, was provided with a plane ticket to Giessen, Germany, where she performed within the framework of the “Nitzan Choir”. We also assisted in her admission process to the prestigious “Thelma Yellin” High school of the Arts in Tel Aviv.

Orit, a 7th grade student and classical guitar player, received a scholarship to allow her to study at the High School under the auspices of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and weekly one on one mentoring sessions.

Avraham, a 7th grade student and talented violinist, received a scholarship to allow him to study at the High School under the auspices of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and weekly one on one mentoring sessions.

Yael, a second year University student of Accounting and Economics at Tel Aviv University, was coached and prepared for job interviews in elite firms for an apprentice position.

 

MAOF Program Group Format Activities

-The younger participants of the MAOF Program visited the “Invitation to Silence” Exhibition at the Children`s Museum in Holon. The purpose of the visit was to foment group integration and introduce them to the subject of “Differences and the Other”.

-The older participants of the MAOF Program met for a group breakfast and a tour to the Visitors Center of “Better Place” Co. (one of the world’s leading developers of re-charging networks for electric vehicles). The goal of the meeting was to promote the integration of the group members, as well as an exposure to a business company that is leading a move towards a process of conceptual changes.

-Personal follow up was provided for all participants of the MAOF Program by the team in order to provide advice and consultation, depending on the required assistance. Part of the follow up included personal meetings with all of the students and their parents (for younger students) in order to measure the progress achieved in the 2009-2010 study year and plan activities for the 2010-2011 school year.

Orit, a 7th grade classical guitar player
Orit, a 7th grade classical guitar player

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Nov 8, 2010

Star Program Update – 5 November 2010

Star Program in Tel Aviv Jaffo study English
Star Program in Tel Aviv Jaffo study English

Thanks to your ongoing support, we are now managing three separate Star Program groups (about 45 students in total), with two groups from the Ness Tziona area and one from Tel Aviv-Jaffa. These activities are fully coordinated with the Educational Department at each of the municipalities.

During the 3rd Quarter of 2010 (August to October) which included the summer vacation in which the students enjoyed time off, the following activities were delivered to Star Program participants:

-Dozens of one on one individual mentoring sessions with program participants

-11 after school small group tutorial lessons in the subjects of mathematics, language skills and English

-20 one on one hours of tutorial lessons in mathematics were provided to prepare one of the Star Program participants for a school math test that allowed him acceptance to a higher level group at school

-Two Star Program participants received a weekly one and a half hour one on one tutorial session in mathematics (delivered by volunteers) throughout the entire summer vacation

- A one day tour at the Visitors Center of "Better Place" Co., one of the world’s leading developers of re-charging networks for electric vehicles. The visit included participation in an entrepreneurship workshop.

-A tour of the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem

-A visit to the Jerusalem Science Museum

-A musical drum workshop to symbolize the closure of the 2009-2010 school year. At this event, two outstanding Star Program participants were selected and received vouchers for the purchase of school supplies.

-In cooperation with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, a weekly orienteering and eco-touring workshop was launched for one of the groups in Ness Tziona and the group in Tel Aviv-Jaffo.

-As part of the field orienteering workshop activities, a two day field trip (including sleeping in tents) was held in the Jerusalem Mountains region.

-In preparation for the 2010-2011 school year activities, all program participants completed one on one personal meetings with Ariela staff to better understand their needs and progress levels

On an additional note, Ariela has added Tirsit as a new member to its team. Tirsit is a community coordinator, who will be involved with the participants of the Star Program groups in Ness Ziona, and their families.  Tirsit is highly experienced in guiding teams, organizing workshops and putting together suitable curricula. She has worked for the Ministry of Education in the Administration for Rural Education, Boarding Schools Education and Youth Immigration. Tirsit holds an M.A. degree in Criminology and a B.A. degree in Political Science, both from the Hebrew University.

Two day field trip to the Jerusalem Mountains
Two day field trip to the Jerusalem Mountains

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Aug 19, 2010

MAOF Program Update - 19 August 2010

Fostering creativity through chocolate making
Fostering creativity through chocolate making

The MAOF Program for Gifted Students continues to provide long-term personalized support tailored to each of the program's current 15 participants (ranging in age from elementary school to university students). Our multi-layered program includes academic scholarships, tutoring sessions in selected subject areas, material support for professional/educational supplies, life and social skills workshops, personal (one on one) mentoring and educational field trips. Below you will find the inspiring story of one of our latest participants that has just joined this program as we begin the new 2010-2011 school year.

The Story of Abraham:

Abraham, a 7th grade student, is a young violinist with a charming and charismatic personality. Abraham immigrated to Israel before his birth with her pregnant mother in 1998 and currently lives with his mother and brother in Jerusalem. His mother struggles to make ends meet by working in a clothing store and the family has no contact with the father.

Abraham was exposed to the world of music in the first grade within the framework of mandatory musical lessons. The violin was perceived by him as an interesting and unique instrument that touched upon his curiosity.

As a disciplined youngster and unlike many of his peers, he continued playing the violin and his school recommended supplementary musical studies at The Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance which is one of the city's leading institutions in training students in the fields of music and dance. Due to his economic situation, he was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship for his studies and transportation costs.

Abraham has already performed on several occasions (including Canada where 7 performances were held) as part of a musical ensemble that plays jazz and classical music.

He has recently been accepted to the exclusive high school run by The Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance. During his auditions, he was assessed as being extremely talented for his age with an exceptional ability to express feelings through his music.

Ariela will assist Abraham in a comprehensive manner over the next few years so that his socio-economic situation will not impede his future professional advancement.

Study tours to leading private companies
Study tours to leading private companies

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