Assist Ethiopian Jews Bridge Socio-Economic Gaps

 
$38,849
$19,151
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Remaining
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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Project Leader

Doron Klein

Managing Director
Ness Tziona, Israel

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