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.
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."
In their weekly science & art workshop held at the Hebrew University Campus in Rehovot, Star Program participants learnt the basics of chemistry in relation to acids and bases. A lecture was given, followed by an experiment involving cabbage as a natural indicator, as its color is pH dependent and changes upon interaction with substances of different acidity including vinegar (acetic acid), water and Cola (carbonate). Workshop participants also learnt this month about "Green Building" and the evolvement of ecologically friendly construction around the world.
A video of our activities with some unique personal stories is now available for viewing at our website or at YouTube:
Participants of our Star Program activities have just completed a bi annual satisfaction survey to assess the impact of our activities and here are some of the quantitative replies we received to the following questions (a scale of 1-5 was established with 1 meaning “Not at All” and 5 meaning “Very Much”):
To what extent do you feel the mathematics after school lessons contribute to your development? Average response was 4.91
To what extent would you recommend your friends to join the Star Program activities? Average response was 4.41
To what extent do you feel the language skills after school lessons contribute to your development? Average response was 4.2
To what extent do you feel the scientific & arts workshop contributes to your development? Average response was 4.18
To what extent do you feel the sea based sport activities contribute to your development? Average response was 4.16
To what extent do you feel the one on one mentoring / coaching sessions contribute to your development? Average response was 3.125
The success stories of the Star Program already include participants such as Andalau that has improved his grade point average over a period of a year from 70 to 95 in language studies and Eitan that has improved his grade point average in mathematics from 45 to 65 (the difference between passing and failing). Behavioral improvements (such as the ability to sit through a professional workshop and benefit from it) have also been dramatic in many of the participants that sometimes lack active parental involvement in their educational development. Attendance rates have increased dramatically and we are now close to an 80% attendance average at our activities.
The main 2009 activities included the following:
-Hundreds of one on one mentoring / tutoring sessions
-Hundreds of supplementary nutritional meals (dairy and meat based) were supplied before activities
-66 tutorial lessons in mathematics (in small groups)
-34 encounters of sea based sports activities (in cooperation with the Ziv Neurim Organization)
-More than 30 sessions of psycho-educational evaluation
-18 tutorial lessons in language skills (in small groups)
-18 tutorial lessons in English (in small groups)
-12 professional workshops/activities in subjects such as conflict resolution, self identity, Ethiopian culture, public speaking, finding a job during the summer break, searching effectively on the Internet, the making of chocolate, etc.
-10 parenting workshops
-9 science & arts workshops (run by the Hebrew University at the Rehovot Campus)
-Two one day field trips to sites of historical importance / learning
-Distribution of about 17 English-Hebrew dictionaries
-Distribution of 17 school backpacks
And finally, a quote from one of our partners at the Ness Ziona Municipality:
"It is my pleasure to thank you for the wonderful work and mutual cooperation that we have organized with the Ethiopian Community in our city. I have no doubt regarding the long term impact of your activities in promoting personal and communal excellence amongst our residents of Ethiopian descent."
Mrs. Meirav Ilia
Manager of the Schools Department
Municipality of Ness Tziona (June, 2009)
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