Net@ - a way of life

​"How many 17 year olds can say they have professional certification from the hi-tech company Cisco? Because of the certification, I was invited for interviews with elite units of the Israeli army. But beyond that, the study skills that I learned are more valuable than any certificate. My fantastic counselors believed in me and made me believe in myself. Today, I know I am capable of accomplishing anything."

Galit Tesi

Growing up in the town of Ramla, Galit Tesi started life at a disadvantage, for example, to young people in Tel Aviv.  "When representatives of Net@ came to my school to tell us about the program, I felt like they were opening a door for me towards a better future," attests the young woman. "Four years later, I can say with certainty, that my life would have looked totally different if not for this program."

How many 17 year olds have professional certification from the Cisco hi-tech company?  Because of the certification, Galit was invited for interviews with elite army units. "But the study skills that I learned are more valuable than any certificate," she notes.  "My fantastic counselors believed in me and made me believe in myself. Today I know that I am capable of accomplishing anything."

But the more important thing about Net@, she adds, is to learn to work in groups, to listen, to be patient (something that is especially important in a city like Ramla with a heterogeneous population like Ramla), to be independent, to contribute to the community, to help others. "You learn to step out of that little box we live in and look out and understand that there is a whole world out there waiting to be discovered.  At Net@ you learn how to broaden your horizons and be a better person.

"As a result, when I learned about the option of deferring my army service for a year to do a year of national service through Net@, I agreed immediately. After everything the program gave me, I felt that I had to use the knowledge and skills I acquired to help and contribute to the community. Just as the counselors were so important to me, I wanted to be important for other young people. 

"I feel so fortunate to have the privilege of being part of this," summarizes Galit. "Net@ is really not a program. It’s a way of life!"  


  • The Net@ project, initiated by Keren Hayesod, provides after-school technological training to high school youth from Israel’s geographic and socio-economic periphery, enabling them to obtain international certification as advanced network technicians from Cisco Systems.Read more