Bridge to College Program
This year, 22 of ISEF’s brightest scholars from Israel’s periphery who have been trained in leadership, are providing comprehensive tutoring and mentoring support to 36 high school pupils in the city of Nesher, specifically, tenth to twelfth-graders who are at high risk for dropping out of school.
In Israel, a high school matriculation certificate (“bagrut”) is essential for acceptance to university and for social and economic mobility. Sadly, for many young Israelis, completing the “bagrut” certificate is a nearly-impossible goal. The city of Nesher is working closely with The ISEF Foundation to help provide opportunities for obtaining a higher education to its most vulnerable teens.
ISEF scholars, hailing from marginalized communities and impoverished backgrounds, serve as relatable role models and mentors to our pupils. They work closely with the program’s young participants and their families to provide academic support, helping them to graduate from high school, attain their “bagrut” certificate, and understand the vital importance of higher education to their future.
Scholars also lead a group social program that includes values clarification workshops and field trips, and serve as personal guides, introducing the teens to life on campus, and becoming trusted confidants.
Recently, ISEF’s Nesher “Bridge to College” Fund has doubled in size and impact, thanks to the Benardetes’ visionary generosity. They are truly making a difference in many young lives.
Below: Photos from the fall 2016 opening ceremony of the Luna and Selim Benardete Bridge to College Fund Program in Nesher (Click on thumbnails to view full size images.)