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There are two kinds of poverty in the world:
1. Chronic poverty – such poverty is usually directed towards the elderly and the sick and does not enable us to exit the cycle of poverty, so we provide them with immediate assistance in our help centers in the form of baskets of food, clothing and more.
2. Transient poverty – this poverty is not a decree of fate. Through active actions, it is possible to break the cycle of poverty and to extricate from it
In order to help as many people as possible in Israel to escape poverty, we established the “Touching the Horizon” educational project in 2004 from Ptachon-Leblen Center for Youth from the geographic and social periphery in Israel.
The educational project promotes values of leadership and personal empowerment through two educational programs that were built in cooperation with the late Prof. Yossi Katan and Tel Aviv University and operate within the schools with the approval of the Ministry of Education:
1. “Program 7”-
2. The TAVOR Program – The program is a short-term, focused empowerment program aimed at enabling a large number of youth to experience change processes by developing positive thinking patterns about themselves and their surroundings, Which are very important for their continued success in life.
400 new students joined the program in the current school year and a total of 27 programs are in operation throughout the country.
Lasts seven years and includes three stages of high school, military / national service, exit to the Civil life
A process empowerment group that meets once a week throughout the school year, for three years (10-12 years)
Purpose: Graduation successfully, improving personal and learning abilities as preparation for life.
The first year deals with the development of the participant’s self by mapping strengths and weaknesses, developing self-awareness, fostering a sense of competence and creating positive self-image, through acquiring skills such as communication skills, emotion management, interpersonal relationships, Decisions.
The second year focuses on the group space, me and the group. This is in order to expand the range of social roles of each participant. The courses deal with subjects such as: teamwork, leadership styles, functioning under pressure, future and career. During this year, the participants undergo a course in which they experience guidance and standing in front of a group
The third year focuses on the development of social responsibility, education for mutual responsibility and education for active citizenship, with the goal of making citizens useful to themselves and to the state. This is the intention of enlisting in the IDF / National Service in significant positions, in which subjects such as helping others, contributing to society and preparation for enlistment in the IDF are transferred. As part of this year, the group is supposed to initiate, plan and operate a volunteer project.
Preparation for the army
Purpose: To assist the participants in completing their military service successfully by support and emotional guidance
In Israeli society, military service constitutes a kind of “initiation ceremony” in order to turn the boy into an all Israeli. Therefore, military service has great significance in the development of the youth and their transformation from adolescents to adults. According to Prof. Amia Lieblich (a researcher in psychology and society in Israel), military service hinders the process of growing up, separating parents’ figures and establishing independence among young Israelis. While in the high school they were quite independent, with enlistment, they again became dependent on their parents in terms of emotional support and care. Therefore, the emotional accompaniment provided by the group leader at this stage is very important and significant, especially for program participants whose parents can not support them emotionally for various reason
Objective: To assist participants in effectively integrating into the civilian life routine, while helping to select programs that will enable them to utilize their abilities and skills, in parallel with the process of separation from the moderator as a supportive figure
This stage is characterized by a certain ambiguity, on one hand, this is a stage of searching for direction and deliberations about the future, and on the other hand, this is a stage where they do not want to make “heavy” decisions. Erickson used the term “Moratorium” to describe a stage in which young people form their identity, while legitimizing social and parenting to experience various social and personal roles when they have few obligations. In Israel this period takes place at a relatively late stage, since enlistment into the army immediately after the completion of high school and the direct transition from a rigid framework to an even more rigid one, rejects the formation of identity. In other words, at the end of the service, one can expect an exploratory period in which young people will refrain from committing themselves to a long-term study track or work. During this period it is expected that some of them will want to be “left alown” and will be allowed to examine, investigate, and wonder.
The aim of the study “Examinasion Of The Effects Of Program 7” – the educational project “Touching The Horizon” from the Pitchon-Lev House, conducted by Prof. Yizhar Opelteka with Tel Aviv University in January 2015 was to trace the attitudes of the program graduates towards the components of the program, to assess the plan contribution to their lives, and to learn about their experiences during their high school years. The study found that “most of the goals of the plan were achieved as formulated by its designers”, the parameters examined were:
98.3% Of the participants regularly attend the program meetings
The facilitators of the “Touching the Horizon” educational project come to the task out of a belief and a desire to help youth at risk who need guidance and an attentive ear
Within the framework of “Program 7”, the supervisors guide the participants during the seven years in which the program operates and with the following characteristics:
On 19.6.16, the first educational conference in the history of the Pitchon- Lev organization was held, in cooperation with the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and a center for the study and application of positive psychology. At the conference, data and studies were presented by Tel Aviv University regarding the effectiveness and success of the educational project “Touching the Horizon” by Pitchon Lev in the treatment of youth at high risk of poverty Gideon Sa’ar, the former education minister who was among the participants in the conference, said: “In order to reach a place of equal opportunity, we must fight for the future of every child”