We at Ma’ase believe that volunteering is a tool for socio-economic mobility and creating a civil society, a society that advances equal opportunities and democratic values of tolerance and involvement. Our aim is to bring about social change together with youngsters who are looking for opportunities to develop and become influential. These young adults come from all sectors of the social spectrum in Israel but especially from the socio-economic periphery: Jews, Arabs, Druze, secular, religious, Israelis and new immigrants.
Volunteering in Ma’ase gives the participants a tool for personal development and empowerment. Each year hundreds of young adults take part in Ma’ase programs by volunteering for a year after high school. They work in cities and towns all over the country, with thousands of children and youth both in formal and informal education. Ma’ase offers many ways to volunteer: volunteer-year programs, pre-army preparatory programs, national service, civil and private volunteer programs.
Our Educational Approach:
We demand personal effort and excellence from our youth, while giving them responsibility, personal and professional support and total faith in their ability to improve themselves and influence society.
All Ma’ase volunteering programs involve:
- Valued and meaningful volunteering in educational establishments – in order to improve educational and social achievements in the periphery.
- Learning processes and educational advancement to broaden the future horizons of these young adults.
- Leadership training: Personal empowerment and developed social awareness.
- Identity-building processes.
- Meeting people from Israel’s various cultures to promote Israel’s civil society.
A volunteer-year program through community Nachal, named after former Chief of Staff Refael Eitan, aimed at motivated committed young adults who are committed to social involvement and personal development.
The Gal Academy is aimed at high school graduates interested in becoming leaders within our society. The Academy was set up in partnership with Acharai and is based in Acre with branches in Haifa and Kiryat Bialik.
A volunteer-year for high school graduates who volunteer in the periphery before their army service.
This six-month pre-army preparatory program is aimed at high school graduates who are enlisting in March. It is based in Tiberius and open to young adults from the northern periphery.
This program was designed together with the Special Populations Branch of the army and the approval of the Head of Human Resources. It offers a unique track for young Bedouin men before their army service and continues for four years, offering career and educational guidance for post-army graduates.
Jewish and Arab volunteer-year participants join their efforts for an entire year. This project was set up by Ma’ase together with the Bat Ami organization and the Municipality of Acre.
This six-month pre-army preparatory program is aimed at high school graduates who are enlisting in March. It is based in Netivot and open to young adults from the southern periphery.
This program, developed together with the Bat Ami organization, aims to create a community of young leaders who will continue to higher education in fields that will lead to desirable employment and thus integration into the Israeli society in the best manner.
Afak enables young Arab adults to volunteer in a professional way according to the needs of their communities. This strengthens the human assets in the community and promotes positive change in all aspects of life within the Arab society