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.
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