47 Narkis Street, PO Box 7755, Jerusalem, Israel
Resource Development Coordinator
Description of Organization:
The Feuerstein Institute: At the Institute we teach people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of ability to think, learn and better function. These goals are achieved through use of the Feuerstein Method, a cognitive technique designed by Israel Prize laureate and renowned psychologist Professor Reuven Feuerstein. The Feuerstein Method identifies a human being’s learning profile, learning potential, and the specific process necessary to maximize that potential. Our programs assist the very young, the very old and those in between.
The Aim Higher Program: For Young Adults of Ethiopian Origin and from the Social Periphery
The Feuerstein Institute is dedicated to creating a more inclusive and diverse Israeli society. Across the political divide in both Israel and the US, it seems one of the few things almost everyone agrees about is the importance of equality of opportunity. That is the essence of the Aim Higher program: to create equality of opportunity for high-potential but socio-economically deprived populations. In Israel specifically, the Institute operates a program for young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds – many from the Ethiopian community as well as the social periphery. The aim of this program is to help hi-potential students overcome cultural and socioeconomic obstacles, so that they can succeed academically, progress professionally and integrate culturally.
Since 2010, when Feuerstein launched Aim Higher, the program has helped support more than 425 Israelis from the Ethiopian community and the social periphery in pursuing their goals and dreams in higher education. As you might imagine, the Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected those served by this program due to furloughs, unemployment and burdens of caring for family members. Even basic issues like access to computers and internet are significant challenges for many of the students served by Feuerstein.
Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Bat/Bar Mitzva project:
We can offer the Bar or Bat Mitzvah an opportunity to adopt and connect with a specific student and support them through their studies. This will help someone who is less fortunate succeed in school and give them an opportunity to maximize their potential and positively impact Israeli society. It is an opportunity for the Bar or Bat Mitzvah to expand their horizons and see the results of their involvement over time.
Supporting a student through their three years in academia costs approximately $12,000.
Minimum Age to Volunteer:
Offer family volunteer opportunities?