Preparing young Arab women for university and careers
The Taliyah Gap Year Program prepares young Arab women for university and careers. Over 70% of alumni go onto pursue higher education. Participants spend four days a week volunteering in local schools, usually attached to a specific first grade class, and two days a week attending leadership trainings and workshops on social challenges affecting their communities. With 135 participants, Taliyah has 7 cohorts around the country.
Engaging young people across the Arab- Bedouin community in the Negev and around the country.
AJEEC-NISPED’s Youth Organization is based in the Volunteer “Tent”, in an Ottoman-era building in the Old City of Beer Sheva. It engages over 1,500 volunteers and reaches 4,000 participants from across the Negev Bedouin community. The Youth Organization has recently begun expanding to Arab communities in Israel beyond the Negev, including Qalansawa, Kafr Kassem, Ilut, and Shfaram.
Officially recognized by the Ministry of Education, the Youth Organization aims to develop a national presence reaching over 10,000 young people.
A “school-to-employment” gap year for aspiring Bedouin hi-tech and industrial professionals
A “school-to-employment” pipeline for Bedouin high school graduates aspiring to careers in the hi-tech and industrial sectors, during the 2017-2018 period BridgeTech has 27 participants. They spend four days a week in academic enrichment classes, prep sessions for the Psychometric (university entrance) test, and leadership trainings. The final day of the week is spent leading scientific enrichment activities at local elementary schools – frequently in their own communities. In autumn 2017, all participants in the first cohort were accepted to higher education studies, including the very first Bedouin women to enroll at Ben Gurion University’s
Introducing Bedouin elementary school students and their parents to computer literacy
This program aims to close the gap in technological literacy between Bedouin and Jewish children in the Negev. Children and their parents participate together in a series of 23 trainings on topics such as technological literacy, analytical thinking, acquisition of skills for computer-based concept development, coding and programming. The final event at the end of the school year is a competition among all the participating groups.