Merger of Ariela Foundation Activities into “Olim BeYachad”
For the past 6 years and based on a unique approach towards social integration, the Ariela Foundation has actively promoted excellence amongst Ethiopian Jewry in Israel. Over this period, hundreds of participants and their families received holistic, long term assistance in the form of like skills for personal, educational and social advancement.
“Olim Beyachad” was founded in 2007 with the objective of changing negative stereotypes amongst employers and senior managers in the Israeli economy. In the pursuit of this goal, Olim Beyachad focuses on high level job placement of academic graduates of Ethiopian origin that will serve as future role models within the community and Israeli society in general. As part of the organization’s core program, outstanding university graduates of Ethiopian origin with leadership qualities are identified and offered assistance programs including relevant professional tools combined with a network of professional volunteers.
The result of such activities is the establishment of a social network of Israelis of Ethiopian origin (and of non-Ethiopian origin) that assists in suitable employment as well as high profile social activities.
Taking into account very similar mission statements and the potential of widening the scope of activities whilst working more efficiently, the Boards of Directors of both organizations have approved the merger of Ariela activities into the Olim Beyachad organizational framework. Ariela activities will be integrated over the next few weeks and continue to operate under the name, the “Ariela Project.”
This merger decision was taken after serious consideration that took into account both potential opportunities and risks. We are proud to be part of this endeavor which sends out an important message to other nonprofit organizations regarding the need to reduce the number of organizations with similar agendas in order to
reduce overhead costs and increase the scope of social impact gained through more efficient work methods.
We take this opportunity to thank all of our partners and donors for the ongoing mutual work and hope you will continue to donate under the new framework of Olim Beyachad.
The new contact person will be the Managing Director of Olim Beyachad, Ms. Sigal Kanotopsky: firstname.lastname@example.org
Part of the professional team at Ariela will be working under the new framework, including Ariela’s founder who will now serve as a member of the Olim Beyachad Board of Directors.
Ariela Foundation accompanies 30 pupils in an academic framework; they are students, high school and junior high students from all over Israel. The pupils are talented and unique and have the potential to stand out in a wide range of areas. The program supplies each pupil with unique and personal guidance which includes a counsellor from an academic/professional perspective, personal mentoring, professional accompaniment, enrichment through supplementary classes, scholarships, assistance in buying educational/professional materials and support based on a wide social/professional network.
The program’s school-aged pupils:
8 excelling pupils both in school and socially (from grade 7 to grade 12).
4 excelling pupils in music (2 in grade 10 who play the guitar and violin, and two in grade 7 who play the piano and the clarinet).
2 excelling students in the field of sports (1 grade 10 student is a medium distance runner and one student in grade 11 is a long distance runner).
In this quarter, the pupils benefited from monthly meetings with the program coordinator, they set goals for the school year’s end and in general worked on their accomplishments. Some of the pupils set study goals for themselves, such as succeeding in their matriculation or a significant improvement in their half-year marks while some set goals relating to their specific field of excellence, such as participation in a national or international running competition. The students will continue to achieve these goals. In this quarter, a new pupil joined us, her name is Aznash, Aznash is an excelling student in grade 11 in Ulpanet Amelia in Jerusalem who participates in the group of runners “the pavers” and she is a long distance runner. Aznash participated in international championships which took place in Tiberius and in group competitions. She won third place along with her friend. Recently, Aznash also participated in a national competition. Aznazh has big ambitions in life – to be an extraordinary athlete and also be a doctor.
In the compulsory social framework of the Ariela Foundation, the pupils contribute their energy and talent to the group, largely through working with other pupils in Ariela. Esther, an economics student at IDC Hertziliya, gives lessons to the pupils in the Star Program at NesZiona. Yael, a nursing student at University Tel Aviv, gives lessons to the pupils of the Star Program in Jaffa. Dudu, a masters student in Informal Education Systems Management at Bar Ilan University, provides lectures for the students and workshops on the subject of Ethiopian Jewish Culture in accompaniment with his own personal story about his journey to Israel through Sudan. Aviva, a student of Music at BeitSeferRimon teaches how to develop your voice for teenagers at risk. Noa is a soldier-student who studies Industrial Engineering and Management at Ben Gurion University in the Negev. She mentors the Vision student Vailu Orit, a grade 10 student in the Music Academy in Jerusalem who volunteers with the Ambulance Services.
The program’s Students:
In this quarter, we were joined by two new students, soldier-students and graduates of the Star Program. Andalou an 18 year-old soldier-student in a university preparation program at Hebrew University. Andalou participated in the star program for five years. He was the recipient of group and individual accompaniment over these years and as a student he joined the Vision program. Andalou was among the most outstanding pupils in the Star Program, he went through a significant development over the years and became a responsible young man, independent and with high self-confidence. He aspires to go to Tel Aviv University or Ben-Gurion in the Negev for Industrial Engineering and Management.
Osheret an 18 year old journalist in an academic program at Hebrew University. Osheret participated in the Star Program, one of the Foundation’s group programs, for three years (grade 8, 9 and 10). She was the recipient of group and individual accompaniment over these years and as a student she joined the Vision program. Osheret was among the most outstanding pupils and was focused in the goal to put her studies first. She aspires to go to Tel Aviv University to study nursing or physiotherapy.
Dear freinds and supporters
I am pleased to submit a Project Report for the project:Promote 30 Gifted Jewish Ethiopian Students"
During this quarter we have continued working on direction, growth and personal development of the participants.
Within the framework of the Foundation two flagship programs "Vision" and "Star", we have continued to provide a range of empowerment activities, extra classes and exposure in the path to excellence and breakthrough.
During this quarter we have also introduced workshops and new and exciting activities as in the example of the debate workshop, the development of product technology workshops and other special activities.
In this opportunity in would like to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for your commitment to us, for being at our side and assisting us in making the change we wish to generate within the Israeli society.
The Vision program:
The Visionprogram is a national program for promoting excellence among youth and teenagers with unique talent in various fields, based on individual tutoring and long term personal mentorship. The program's goals are to enable the participants to successfully join the field in which they excel or other quality fields of their choice, by providing the tools and resources that each student needs.
The Ariela foundation supports 31 students within the framework of the program (academics, students, high school and middle school pupils) from all over Israel, with unique talents and potential to excel in a wide variety of fields.
The program provides every student with special and personal support including counseling, educational direction, personal mentoring, enrichment courses, scholarships, assistance in purchasing educational equipment and support based upon the social and extended professional network.
New educational coordinator for the project:
Congratulations to Tirisit an educationalist in the Ariela foundation , upon her return from maternity leave and following her appointment as the Vision Program Coordinator. Tirisit has accumulated varied professional experience both in the private sector and in the field of education. Inter alia she has gained great knowledge in fields such as coaching education teams, presenting seminars and building study programs, within the framework of her work as Director of Settlement Education at the Ministry of Education and AliyatHaNoar. Tirsit has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and a Master’s degree in Social Sciences, both of them from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Within the framework of the social responsibility and commitment activity some of the Vision students took part in leading activities and workshops for young students including a music workshop, orientation for higher education, and giving private lessons.
New students who joined the project since our last report:
Erez: a bachelor degree student in the fields of law (Bar-Ilan University)
Kumlatzeo: a bachelor degree student in the fields of computers (The Holon Technology Institute)
Yesimbat: a bachelor degree student in the fields of politic and government (The Ben Gurion University)
Yossi: a bachelor degree student in the fields of pharmacy (The Hebrew University)
Yael: a bachelor degree student in the fields of nursing (The Tel Aviv University)
David: a Master's degree student in the fields of nursing (Bar Ilan University)
Within the framework of the social responsibility and commitment activity some of the Vision students took part in leading activities and workshops for young students including a music workshop, orientation for higher education, and giving private lessons.Continuation of the army preparation workshop for the program’s high school students who are expected to go into the army during the next two years.
Update form the project:
In this quarter we continue the series of meetings for students in the 10th – 12thgrades, whose goal was preparing for military service. In the meetings the students learn about the military sorting process, the recruiting possibilities and preparing together for the interviews and various exams that take place in their first visit to the military.
The students have been received tens of hours of additional study hours over the last quarter, and l support in quality private schools such as theThe Jerusalem Academy High School for Music and Dance in Jerusalem,and also enrichment activities, such as science workshop and Music lessons.
Counseling and Mentoring:
The counseling and individual guidance done by the coordinators.During the first quarter of 2014 the students enjoyed tens of hours of personal consulting on several areas of life, continuous support over the telephone and in one-on-one meetings, and tutoring with the help of social/professional networks.
We pleased to introduce you Sagi& Elizabeth:
Sagi immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia at the age of 3 with his grandmother and uncle. His mother passed away in Sudan on her way to Israel. At that time his father had been conscripted into the Ethiopian army and he has had no contact with him since then. First they lived in the “HatserotYosef” absorption center in the city of Nahariya and afterwards they lived in Ashkelon. His grandmother died when he was 12 years old and he went to live with his aunt who assumed responsibility for bringing him up together with her five other children. He completed high school with distinction and enrolled for a preparatory course on behalf of the “Atidim” program at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. As part of the academic reserves he was accepted for a Bachelor’s degree studies in the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Technion. He went into the army a year ago and was placed in the Combat Engineering Corps. At the beginning of this year he began studying for a Master’s degree in the same faculty and he intends to complete his degree during his compulsory military service, At the same time Sagi successfully completed an officers’ course.
This year the Ariela foundation helped Sagi in the purchase of a professional computer for his work as an engineer and also in a residence scholarship thus enabling him to devote his time to his demanding studies. Furthermore, the Ariela foundation provides him with close support including personal and group mentoring and also assists him in making decisions connected to his course and career and economic behavior.
Elizabeth , a 7th grade student, has been studying piano playing at the Conservatory for three years, as part of the “From Risk to Chance” program. Elizabeth was sent to the Conservatory by a teacher at the experimental school where she studied, who told them about a small sweet girl who for a whole year had asked to receive the key to the music room at the school during every long break, in order to play on the piano. She practiced by herself, without teaching, since her parents were not able to pay for piano lessons for her. Elizabeth plays in a jazz ensemble and in several concerts, she is studying theory and three days a week she is in a workshop. Since Elizabeth's family lived in a small house where there was no room for a piano, she received special permission to practice every day at her school in the evening. Just this year the family moved to a larger apartment and so the Conservatory gave her a piano. Last year Elizabeth went up a step from playing and was accepted into the Academy of Music High School in Jerusalem. Elizabeth’s the parents support and invest great efforts in promoting their children’s education, but the family has the most basic resources. Elizabeth is a friendly child with great learning ability. The Ariela foundation is assisting Elizabeth with a scholarship for the Academy of Music, extra lessons as necessary and with close support including personal and group mentoring
Once again, I would like to thank you for being at our side and assisting us in making the change we wish to generate within the Israeli society.
Promoting Excellence Among EthiopianJewry in Israel
We are honored to present our activity report
In this quarter we have continued working to promote excellence among Ethiopian Jewry in Israel through the foundation's two flagship projects - Star and Vision. In this quarter we carried on with strengthening activities, personal mentoring, social responsibility and learning about the country. In addition, we launched two workshops: one dealing in technology and one to prepare for military service.
This year as well, we will continue to promote excellence among Ethiopian immigrants, and provide them the required tools, skills and direction so they will develop into outstanding, contributing and moral citizens, who will serve as positive role models.This comes from our vision to generate a change in individual‘s life, their family, in addition to the community and entire society
The Vision Program
The Visionprogram is a national program for promoting excellence among youth and teenagers with unique talent in various fields, based on individual tutoring and long term personal mentorship. The program's goals are to enable the participants to successfully join the field in which they excel or other quality fields of their choice, by providing the tools and resources that each student needs.The intent is to enableeach student to join organizationsand institutions where they can continue to develop and respectfully make a living.Within this program, we are supporting 28students with different talents and impressive potential, such as musicians; athletes; medical, law, cinema, engineering, and computer students, and more. The support includeseducationalor professional advice and guidance, personal mentoring, enrichment courses, scholarships, assistance in acquiring educational/professional equipment and support based on a broad social/professional network.
School Aged Students
These students have been received tens of hours of additional study hours over the last quarter, financial support in quality private schools such as the TzviaUlpana and also in enrichment activities, such as piano lessons.
In this quarter we began a series of meetings for students in the 10th – 12thgrades, whose goal was preparing for military service. In the meetings the students learn about the military sorting process, the recruiting possibilities and preparing together for the interviews and various exams that take place in their first visit to the military..
Students and Graduates
In this program, the participants are bachelor degree students in the fields of law (Bar-Ilan University), music (Ramon Music School), computers (The Holon Technology Institute), Industrial and Management Engineering (Ben-Gurion University), medicine (Tel Aviv University), dentistry (The Hebrew University), economics and accounting (Tel Aviv University, Interdisciplinary Center and Management College). In addition, there are two students who have achieved their bachelor's degree in cinema (Sam Spiegel Film School) and combined studiesin law, business administration and accounting (the academic track in the College for Management). And finally, a student with a master's degree in child psychology (Tel Aviv University) and a MA student in civil engineering (Technion).
As part of the Ariela Foundation's social commitment, the students contribute their effortsand talents for the good of society, with a large majority of these efforts being redirected towards the foundation's students. Here are a few examples: Ziona, a law student, hosted meetings for the parents of children from Ariela's Star Yaffo program where professional knowledge on topics of medical negligence and diagnosing learning disabilities was shared.Tali, a MA student of psychology, hosted enrichment meetings on the subject of identity for the students of Star Gadera. Samacho, a computer science student, provides tutoring hours and assistance to high school students, as well as being an Ariela tutor in mathematicsand preparing students for H-school matriculation exams. Hadasand Noa meet on a permanent basis
A central and significant part of the Visionprogram is the counseling and individual guidance done by the coordinators.During the quarter the students enjoyed tens of hours of personal consulting on several areas of life, continuous support over the telephone and in one-on-one meetings, and tutoring with the help of social/professional networks. By doing this, in cooperation with Gaya, a leading organizational consulting company, an additional meeting was held during the quarter as part of an annual group workshop for all the students and graduates of the program whose goal was providing guidance for acquiring various life skills and becoming stronger.
New members of the program:
Zahava, a 12thgrade student in Eldad High School in Netanya. Zahavais socially active and exceptionally motivated. Itamar, is an 8thgrade student in Amit Middle School in Netanya, he is a bright and pleasant student, and studies mathematics in the program for excellence at Bar-Ilan University.
from Yavne, is the youngest of afamily of eight. They all made aliyahfrom Ethiopia in 1991 when she was five years old. After completing her high school studies, Ziona continued to serve in the Scouts Movement in theNeyanya’sVitkinneighborhood and immediately joined the IDF in an officers' training program. She was posted as a liaison officer in an engineering battalion and later served as a team commander in the professional portion (Personnel Corps) of officers' training. During her service she received a citation of excellence from the division personnel officer. After much indecision, Ziona chose to study law from the need to promote the field of human rights in general and medical rights specifically. This follows a personal event that she experienced. Ziona was accepted to law school at Bar-Ilan University and is now the middle of her third and last year. Along with her studies, she works in the Isef Foundation - in the beginning in a program for social leadership and reducing social gaps and during the past year as a leadership coordinator for 15 students. At the same time, Ziona is a sponsor in the Atidim program, a program deferring military service for academic studies under the auspices of Bar-Ilan University. Ziona completed her summer internship in one of the four leading law firms in the commercial field.
David (15), a new member at the Ariela Foundation, made aliyahwith his family from Ethiopia at the age of 3 and following a stay in an absorption center, moved to Jerusalem. His older sister passed away in Ethiopia before their arrival in Israel and he is now the oldest brother to 5 other siblings, among them 2 year old twins and an infant brother. David studies in the BneiAkiva Yeshiva "NetivotHaim" for the Arts and Sciences in PisgatZe'ev in Jerusalem and completed the 9th grade with a grade average of 97. David began his high school studies in the (expanded) electronics-mathematics track.David began training on the "SollelimYerushalim" team and achieved great results considering the short time he has been in training.
In addition to everything else, David is also a counselor in the BneiAkiva movement. Following the afternoon activities, David makes his way to the neighborhood youth club operated by the ELEM Foundation, where he does his homework and studies. His father studies and deals in silver crafting as part of the unique program affiliated with Yvel and completes his income in cleaning jobs, just like his wife, David's mother, does. David's family is mired in economic distress and barely gets by, but his parents understand the value of education and push David to realize his potential in any field he chooses that will help him in the future. The Ariela Foundation provides support and personal guidance for David, which is expressed in financing running equipment and associated costs (travel, competitions, club payments, etc.). Furthermore, there are additional lessons when needed with close support that includes individual and group mentoring. David dreams of serving in an elite combat unit and continuingon to higher education.
Dear Supporters of the Ariela Foundation,
We continue to be extremely grateful and appreciative of your donations that are helping to improve the lives of young Ethiopian Jews that will become future role models for their community.
The Ariela Foundation promotes excellence amongst Ethiopian Jewry. Our goal is to create change in the lives of Israeli youngsters of Ethiopian origin who show potential to excel, as a way of fomenting full social and economic integration. We provide guidance, while nurturing personal growth amongst participants. We expect our participants to become outstanding citizens with high moral values, who contribute to society and serve as positive role models. All of this is aimed at creating change at the personal level, within the family, in the community and throughout Israeli society.
In this quarterly updated, we would like to share one of our success stories, that of Yirus;
Yirus, who just started the 10th grade at the Nativ Noam Darcha High School in Gedera, is a third year participant of the Ariela Star Program. She is one of the most mature, responsible and motivated participants in her group. She is opinionated, dominant in group dynamics, disciplined and full of ambition.
During one of the group activities after she heard the personal story of Yael (an older participant of Ariela, role model and a graduate in accounting), Yirus said she was now convinced she could be an accountant and that she was so happy she could meet her and learn from her.
As part of Ariela activities and throughout the school year, Yirus took part in weekly tutorial sessions with a volunteer mentor from the Conduit high tech company. During a follow up conversation with Yirus and her mother, they both expressed their high level of satisfaction from the tutorial lessons and the great progress that was made in the subject of mathematics. The mother said, “It’s mostly because of Ariela’s help. Yirus was having problems with mathematics and since having a mentor, there is improvement, Yirus talks about how satisfied she is. In general, it is very important for her to continue with Ariela because I can see how important the future of these children is for Ariela.”
When she grows up, Yirus wants to be an accountant and said, “I am going to finish with a full high school matriculation exam and I will still be with Ariela after my army service. When I become a successful accountant or economist and make money, I will donate back to Ariela.”
In addition, we would like to share with you our latest video that describes our activities. This video was actually produced by one of our graduates, Alamork. This is the link to the video:
Thank you once again for your ongoing support that is helping to change the world.
Head of the Board of Directors
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