CIVIC SERVICE PROGRAMS
Israeli high school graduates who are exempt from military service for various reasons can join one of several civic service programs. Studies clearly show that taking part in these programs empowers the volunteers and builds their sense of capability, which significantly broadens their higher education and career horizons.
Ma'ase Association, a Rashi affiliate, operates a range of programs for young people (18-21) from underprivileged backgrounds that use volunteering as an effective tool for promoting equal opportunities and social mobility. As part of this activity, Ma'ase initiated several civic service programs:
Achva ("friendship" in Hebrew) is intended for young women from traditional or religious homes, particularly in the Ethiopian-Israeli community. They volunteer within the National Service framework, mainly in formal and informal education, and at the same time build thier own academic and personal qualifications with leadership training and career development studies.
Duroob (Arabic for "roads") targets Arab-Israeli young adults who want to work towards change in their own society. They volunteer in their home communities, tutoring younger children for whom they serve as role models, and gaining experience in the implementation of social initiaitives.
Together is an initiative that aims to create a model for shared society through volunteer groups working in mixed Jewish-Arab towns. In the pilot program in Acco, Arab young women volunteer alongside Jewish high school graduates while they take part in workshops to increase mutual understanding and solidarity.
Alan B. Slifka Foundation
Goldberg Charitable Trust
Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco
Rothschild Caesarea Foundation
Glencore Society for Education and Welfare
Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Foundation
Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds
Jeff & Debbie Swartz
Raya Strauss Foundation
UJIA - United Jewish Israel Appeal
SVF- Social Venture Fund JFNA
National Civil Service Operators