WHY: THE CHALLENGE
The teenage years are challenging at the best of times. Add being a recent immigrant to the mix, and the challenge is even greater. Anglo teens are confronting questions of who they are and how they can have an impact on their new surroundings. They have left the communities and familiarity they grew up with, and they are not yet comfortable in their new environments. They struggle with cultural differences, social limitations, the language barrier and even a desire to contribute to society without a framework in which they can do so.
WHAT: OUR MISSION
NCSY Israel is the premier youth movement in Israel dedicated to connecting, inspiring and empowering English-speaking teens through the values of Zionism, Torah and Tradition. Since 2015, we have enhanced Anglo teen’s religious and national connection to Israel, positively impacted their attitude towards National Service, and have provided integration support to acclimate into Israeli Society.
WHO: OUR POPULATION
NCSY Israel specifically serves 9th-12th grade boys and girls, a model different than any other youth movement in Israel. Teens are provided with a dedicated and caring staff consisting of local chapter director couples in each of our branches along with a team of college-aged madrichim and madrichot. All of our advising staff have completed a form of National Service, an important element in guiding teens on their next steps post high school.
HOW WE ACCOMPLISH OUR MISSION: OUR PROGRAMS
Shabbaton weekends inspire and educate Jewish teens in an atmosphere conducive to religious pride and growth. Shabbatonim are designed to impact post high school plans, the Religious Zionist outlook, and the significance of living in the land of Israel.
Latte & Limud:
Latte and Limud events bring Torah to local coffee shops for a discussion in a relaxed and fun setting. Latte and Limud is the place for teens to ask questions, voice their feelings, and connect with each other.
Cultural events are themed to address different challenges that English-speaking teens face, connect them to Israeli culture, and enhance their religious connection throughout the Chagim.
Monthly mega events provide teens a fun and exciting night where they can meet new friends and develop relationships with madrichim. Mega event include: Rock Climbing, Hapoel Jerusalem Basketball Game, Lazer Tag, Ice Skating, Bowling, JumPark, and more!
Outside of events, madrichim bond with their NCSYers over a coffee or slice of pizza. They provide guidance for them about high school life in Israel, language support, cultural norms, and post high school plans.