Net@ Professional Training for Youth in the Periphery
BRIDGING THE TECHNOLOGICAL & SOCIAL GAP
Despite Israel’s astounding economic growth and technological advancement in recent years, some 1.65 million Israelis live under the poverty line. The situation is particularly severe in the periphery, where large segments of the population, and particularly new immigrants from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia, live in destitude. They have few marketable skills; youngsters all too often drop out of school and become involved with drugs, alcohol, and crime. The consequences are severe both for them and the society in which they live.
WHAT IS NET@?
The Net@ project, initiated by Keren Hayesod, provides after-school technological training to high school youth from Israel’s geographic and socio-economic peripheries, enabling them to obtain international certification as advanced network technicians from Cisco Systems.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
- The three-year project provides four to eight weekly hours of intensive instruction in computer skills and math, while inculcating the values of teamwork and responsibility
- Those who have completed the first two years receive internationally recognized Cisco certification
- Participants are required to give back to the community, putting their skills to use as they gain practical experience
- The project includes a special co-existence component for 400 Jewish, Christian, and Moslem youth in Nazareth, Acre, Ramle, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, and Be'er Sheva
WHAT MAKES NET@ UNIQUE?
- Net@ has proven to be one of the most effective agents of social mobility in Israel
- It gives participants skills and scholastic abilities that open doors to elite IDF computer units and to higher education
- It provides participants with a high-earning, internationally-recognized profession
- It empowers them as individuals, team members, and leaders in their community
WHOM DOES IT HELP?
1000 disadvantaged youngsters in 15 locations throughout Israel
HOW YOU CAN HELP
A one-year student scholarship costs $1700.
Every dollar you contribute will help a disadvantaged student develop his or her talents and contribute to the State of Israel! Donate now
Net@, operates with the help of Keren Hayesod, Cisco Systems, and the Jewish Agency, together with the Appleseeds Academy.