Mechinot Pre-Army Programs

PRE-ARMY PROGRAMS FOR DISADVANTAGED YOUTH FROM ISRAEL’S PERIPHERY

Nitzana

WHY DERECH ERETZ?

The period of time between high school graduation and enlistment in the army is a critical stage for Israeli youth.  The role of pre-army programs is crucial in helping youngsters crystallize life-shaping decisions and forging identities.  To date, however, these programs have been geared to either upper-middle class youth or youth-at-risk.  

WHAT IS DERECH ERETZ?

Mechinot programs are pre-army educational programs (mechina) that targets lower- and middle-class youth.  Designed to facilitate social mobility while encouraging involvement, initiative, and volunteerism, Mechinot encourages participants to take responsibility for their lives – helping to make military service more meaningful while laying the groundwork for a life of personal fulfillment, success, and giving to the community.  

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  •  The six-month programs take place at seven locations throughout Israel including: Jerusalem, Yerucham, Nitzana, Or Yehuda, Lod and  Beer Sheva. 
  • Participants come from all over Israel, and include residents of the periphery, immigrants, and graduates of youth villages 
  • They live together as a cohesive group, which is run democratically with decisions made by the youngsters themselves
  • Workshops and lectures are designed to develop skills, broaden horizons, inculcate values, and explore personal, group, and national identity
  • Volunteering in community frameworks is an integral part of the program 

HOW IS IT UNIQUE?

It serves a population that has heretofore been underserved - those that are neither the "elite" nor youth-at-risk

WHOM DOES IT HELP?

  • Lower- and middle-class army recruits
  • The Israel Defense Forces
  • The State of Israel 

HOW YOU CAN HELP?

I It costs US $5,850 to sponsor one participant in a Mechina Pre-Army program. 
 
Every dollar you contribute will help lay the groundwork for a life of greater fulfillment and community involvement for one young Israeli! 
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