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Apr 11, 2011

Star Program Quarterly Report (Jan - March 2011)

Tel Aviv - Jaffa Star Program Participants
Tel Aviv - Jaffa Star Program Participants

Dear Donors,

As always, we are extremely grateful and appreciative of your donations to the Star Program which now operates in two municipalities (Ness Tziona & Tel Aviv – Jaffa) with three groups. Through this program, you are helping to change and improve the lives of dozens of students.

Below is a partial summary of some of the activities delivered throughout January-March, 2011:

-163 small group tutorial lessons (in the subjects of English, mathematics and language skills) that contribute to the development of formal learning skills.

-37 Field orienteering workshops (together with our partners) that contribute to the development of personal and social skills, obtaining topographical knowledge of Israel, learning of positive values (outdoor survival skills, navigation skills etc.).

-15 Capoeira lessons that allow participants to learn the fighting/dancing art of Capoeira with implications on daily life, coping with different social situations, development of self-confidence & "I can do it" attitude, self-discipline and control, social interaction taking into account "the other side."

-12 sessions of self-empowerment group activities that contribute to the development of personal and inter-personal skills (group management capabilities, leadership, behavioral boundaries, general knowledge and more.)

-12 sessions of psycho drama workshops that contribute to the development of social and personal skills such as personal ambition, exposure to different professions, exposure to positive role models of inspiration, development of a “can do” attitude and more.

-5 parenting workshops for participants' parents designed to improve parental skills and overcome the generational gap between parents and children.

Other activities included: 

-Light drinks and sandwiches were served during Capoeira lessons and the field orienteering workshop activities.

-A second hand desktop computer was given to a student for learning purposes.

-11 students received one-on-one weekly sessions with graduate volunteers for tutorial lessons and mentoring.

-Several overnight field trips to different parts of the country.

Attached you will also find some pictures which we hope will illustrate some of the activities and great results we are achieving thanks to your kind help and attitude of caring.

Psycho drama workshop
Psycho drama workshop
Capoeira Lesson
Capoeira Lesson
Ness Tziona Star Program participants in the water
Ness Tziona Star Program participants in the water

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Jan 21, 2011

Star Program Quarterly Report (Oct - Dec 2010)

Please find below a list of activities delivered throughout October - December 2010 within the framework of our Star Program.

Star Program Group # 1 – Ness Tziona:

3/10

Parents – students introductory meeting for 2010-2011 school year

19/10, 26/10, 2/11, 9/11, 16/11, 23/11, 30/11, 14/12, 28/12

Weekly field orienteering group  workshop in conjunction with the Acharai Organization

28-29/10

Overnight field trip to the Ein Bokek region in Southern Israel

8-9/12

Two day fieldtrip to the Negev Desert

2/11, 9/11, 16/11, 23/11, 30/11, 5/12, 14/12, 21/12, 28/12

Capoeira Lessons (at a local Capoeira school)

8/11, 15/11, 22/11, 29/11, 13/12, 20/12, 27/12

Small group mathematics lessons for 10th graders

8/11, 15/11, 22/118/11, 15/11, 22/11, 29/11, 13/12, 20/12, 27/12

Small group English lessons for 9th graders

8/11, 15/11, 22/118/11, 15/11, 22/11, 29/11, 13/12, 20/12, 27/12

Small group English lessons for 10th graders

Additional activities – Star Program Group # 1 – Ness Tziona:

-A supplementary food/nutritional program has been implemented as part of the field orienteering and Capoeira workshops

-One on one meetings with a Community Coordinator have been held with all participants as well as home visits with parents (to provide general & educational counselling/guidance, to develop an intimate relationship based on trust, to increase levels of cooperation and more)

-Weekly meetings (two hours per week) between four program participants and volunteers that provide tutoring in areas such as mathematics and personal mentoring/coaching

Star Program Group # 2 – Ness Tziona:

5/10, 19/10, 27/10, 3/11, 17/11, 24/11, 1/12, 22/12, 29/12

Field orienteering workshop in conjunction with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel

4/11 

Field trip to Jerusalem (Wailing Wall, City of David) and participation in the official Sigad Holiday Ceremony

6-7/12 

Overnight  field trip to the Ein Avdat Canyon as part of weekly field orienteering workshop

10/11, 21/11, 28/11, 12/12, 19/12, 26/12 

Self-empowerment activities (delivered by Ariela Community Coordinator)

8/11, 15/11, 22/11, 29/11, 13/12, 20/12, 27/12

Small group English lessons for 7th  graders

13/12, 20/12, 27/12

Small group English lessons for 8th graders (group A)

13/12, 20/12, 27/12

Small group English lessons for 8th graders (group B)

8/11, 15/11, 22/11, 29/11, 13/12, 20/12, 27/12 

Small group mathematics lessons for 7th  graders

13/12, 20/12, 27/12

Small group Mathematics  lessons for 8th graders (group A)

13/12, 20/12, 27/12

Small group Mathematics lessons for 8th graders (group B)

Additional activities – Star Program Group # 2 – Ness Tziona:

 -One on one meetings with a Community Coordinator have been held with all participants as well as home visits with parents (to provide general & educational counselling/guidance, to develop an intimate relationship based on trust, to increase levels of cooperation and more)

-Weekly tutoring encounters (one hour each) between one participant and a volunteer

Star Program Group # 3 – Tel Aviv-Jaffa:

11/10

Meeting with parents

12/10

Introductory meeting with program participants and Ariela staff

17/10, 24/10, 31/10, 7/11, 14/11, 21/11, 28/11, 9/12, 12/12, 19/12, 26/12

Self-empowerment activities  through a psycho drama workshop delivered by a professional moderator

4/11, 11/11, 18/11, 25/11, 2/12, 16/12, 23/12, 30/12

Field orienteering workshop in conjunction with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel

 6-7/12

Overnight  field trip to the Ein Avdat Canyon as part of weekly field orienteering workshop

20/10, 27/10, 3/11, 8/11, 15/11, 22/11, 29/11, 6/12, 13/12, 20/12, 27/12

Small group English lessons for 7th  graders

31/10, 7/11, 14/11, 21/11, 28/11, 12/12, 19/12, 26/12

Small group English lessons for 8th graders

3/11, 8/11, 15/11, 22/11, 29/11, 6/12, 13/12, 20/12, 27/12

Small group language skills lessons for 7th  graders

3/11, 8/11, 15/11, 22/11, 29/11, 6/12, 13/12, 20/12, 27/12

Small group language skills lessons for 8th  graders

31/10, 7/11, 14/11, 21/11, 28/11, 12/12, 19/12, 26/12

Small group mathematics lessons for 7th  graders

3/11, 8/11, 15/11, 22/11, 29/11, 6/12, 13/12, 20/12, 27/12

Small group mathematics lessons for 8th  graders

Feedback/results from activities:

 1)    The counsellors of our partner organizations that deliver field orienteering workshops have informed us that our groups excel when compared to other groups they work with in terms of team work, mutual assistance, seriousness, maturity levels, responsibility and the high levels of interest they express towards the activities. We have also been told that our participants deal more effectively (than other groups) with the physical challenges involved in the field trips.

 2)    The educational counsellors from the schools we work with have reported significant positive changes in terms of behavioral patterns, self-discipline and the way Star Program participants approach their studies.

3)    Grade point averages for many of the participants have improved significantly. In the written trimester report cards issued by one of the schools, it was noted that “due to Ariela’s assistance” learning achievements have improved considerably.

 4)    School staff has reported that some of the participants display “a glow of shining happiness” since commencing Ariela activities and constantly talk about how much the activities contribute to their learning/growing process.

5)    One of the English teachers has reported that the levels of self-confidence of some of the program participants have improved dramatically, as well participants’ studying patterns which have become much more systematic and effective.

6)    The social skills of several of the participants have improved dramatically. One of the participants who was quite introverted in terms of his social interaction has now become a team player and developed a large network of social connections as his self-confidence continues to grow.

7)    Professional staff that delivers activities to Star Program participants has reported that students can now articulate ideas more clearly in group meetings and oral language skills have improved considerably. More bashful participants that would not have spoken out within the group are now confident enough to express themselves freely in public.

8)    Parents of some of the participants have improved behavioral patterns of parental responsibility and involvement. For example, many of the parents now inform us ahead of time if their child cannot make it to the activities, as opposed to not letting us know at all. Parents now understand the importance of organizing family schedules in accordance to their children’s educational needs. 

 

 

 

 

 

Capoeira lessons
Capoeira lessons

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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

Star Program Activities Update-19 August, 2010

Musical Workshop
Musical Workshop

During the 2nd Quarter of 2010 (April to June), the following activities were delivered to Star Program participants:

-Dozens of one on one individual mentoring sessions with program participants -26 after school small group tutorial lessons in the subjects of mathematics, language skills and English -7 sea based sports activity sessions delivered in the Ashdod Marina by the Ziv Neurim Organization -3 science & art workshops delivered at the Rehovot Campus of the Hebrew University -2 parenting workshops (delivered a senior social worker) held for the parents of program participants -2 horizon expanding one day field trips that included visits to historical sites in Jerusalem and the Science Museum in Jerusalem -Light meals were provided throughout most of these activities. -Several one on one tutoring sessions delivered by volunteers in subjects like mathematics for individual participants with specific needs.

We are also very proud to announce the launch of two new Star Program groups composed of Middle School Students from the cities Tel Aviv-Jaffa and Ness Tziona. These activities will officially begin with the new 2010-2011 school year commencing in September and this will bring us to three Star Program groups running in parallel (two in Ness Tziona and one in Tel Aviv-Jaffa) with dozens of students. These activities are fully coordinated with the Educational Department at each of the municipalities.

Mathematics tutorials in small groups
Mathematics tutorials in small groups
Lecture on the subject of entrepreneurship
Lecture on the subject of entrepreneurship
Learning team work through water sports
Learning team work through water sports

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Jun 14, 2010

Star Program Update - June 2010

English Lessons in Small Groups
English Lessons in Small Groups

As Star Program participants finish their current school year and enjoy their time off, Ariela has begun to provide bi-weekly English lessons in small groups of 3-4 students. The lessons include fun elements like learning English through popular music which the students love. We take advantage of the summer vacation to provide English language skills that have become a critical factor in the modern job market. Most parents of Ethiopian families are not able to provide this type of support at home since most of the immigrants arrived with no English language skills.

We are also taking advantage of the summer vacation to strengthen the starting point (before the next school year begins) of some of the program participants in subjects where they feel they need additional assistance. We are providing such participants with one on one tutoring lessons in subjects like mathematics.

In addition, summer activities include "horizon expanding" activities such as field trips (e.g. to a science museum), work shops designed to develop life skills (e.g. leadership) and community work projects designed to teach participants about the value of "giving back to their own communities."

Tazazo, a Star Program participant, studies math
Tazazo, a Star Program participant, studies math

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Project Leader

Doron Klein

Managing Director
Ness Tziona, Israel

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