Machshava Tova

Machshava Tova (MT) is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 by educators and high-tech professionals in order to connect underprivileged populations to the world of digital opportunities. The organization's mission is to reduce social gaps by providing technological education.

Location: Jerusalem , Israel
Year founded: 2003

Description

We offer basic and advanced training including hands-on experience for children, youthat-risk, the unemployed, new immigrants, the elderly, minorities, the ultra-Orthodox community and disabled populations.   

Youth at Risk-  Better Future through Technological Empowerment  Our youth training programs apply technology's attractive nature to provide youth with a unique environment that fosters a sense of self- worth. The youth undergo professional training in computer repair and maintenance, and digital applications and Website development.    

 Job Seekers- Technological Training towards Integration in Employment    Machshava Tova offers professional training in coveted fields such as Network Administration, Quality Assurance, and Office Administration, that is accompanied by essential complementary training in CV writing, preparation for job interviews, personal coaching, and assistance in job placement.  

Children- Cultivating New Learning Opportunities through Exposure to Technology   Machshava Tova operates various learning programs for children in a stimulating environment that encourage curiosity and self- expression alongside strengthening of the educational core disciplines. This unique experience presents new learning opportunities and develops the children's interest in technology and science.  

People with disabilities - Promoting Social Inclusion through Technology   People with disabilities face a myriad of daily challenges and are often marginalized and isolated due to their condition. Having access to technology alleviates fears and concerns and allows these participants to enjoy the many advantages computer literacy entails.    

Since its establishment, Machshava Tova introduced over 20,000 people to the world of technology. The impact of Machshava Tova’s activities and operation has been recognized and acknowledged throughout the years. A handful of the these recognitions include The Jerusalem Mayor’s Award, the Ashalim- Joint Award, the Social Merit Award at the annual Sderot Conference for Social Issues, and the Midot Seal of Effectiveness. 

App2U

About

.App2U is a training program, which was founded in partnership with Google and aims to integrate young women into the field of technology. The program targets women who have not had the opportunity to obtain an education in the technological field, whether for financial or social reasons, and provides them with the chance to learn and work in the prestigious high-tech world, which is primarily a male-dominated field and at many times can be daunting for women who see it as an exclusive “boys club”. Especially in Israel, known as the “Start-Up Nation”, we believe in empowering women by giving them a chance to join the exclusive world of high-tech and promote themselves both professionally and socially, in the hope that we stand as role models for other young women.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

  • Encouraging technological professions among women – Most of the participants work in menial jobs, and either to not have the confidence or the finances to obtain the skills they need in order to break into the high-tech field. This course provides the women with that very opportunity along with a tight empowering support system, made up almost entirely of women.
  • Practical knowledge – To provide advanced technological knowledge on a high professional level, which is customized for the target population. To provide knowledge and tools that will be implemented by the participants.
  • Entrepreneurship – To broaden the participants’ horizons and provide them with tools for entrepreneurial thinking and teach them the fundamental basics of the business world as a means to enhance their status in the workforce.
  • Enrichment and Empowerment – To build a supportive and encouraging system for the women, which will build their self-confidence and self-efficacy. To provide practical tools for employment preparation through workshops, such as “Dress for Success”, resume writing, interview preparation and conduct in the workplace.
  • Creating a meaningful social impact – To strengthen 30 women who come from a disadvantaged background, and to help them become a positive and influential force within their families and their entire community. In addition, 10 non-profit and social organizations in Israel will receive an app customized for the use and needs of the organization and over 15,000 users will benefit from these apps.

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Program Description

There are three steps that are taken during the implementation of this program. The first part of the program is a 250-hour App Building Course, and its goal is to provide the participants with a high-level of professional knowledge, soft skills and practical experience in an in-demand field in the job market. The program will introduce the participants to the world of programming and app building. Software development for mobile devices is one of the most advanced and in-demand fields in the job market. The Google Android operating system is the only one available to various types of smartphones and thus, the participants acquire the tools to develop apps for a wider market of end users. The framework of the project combines the use of advance technologies, artistic creativity and self-expression, in addition to encouraging young entrepreneurship and introducing the opportunity of academic studies in programing or app development. This is a year-long intensive course, which will meet twice a week for a 3-hour session.

The second part of the program is a 40-hour Entrepreneurship Course in which the women will acquire the tools and knowledge, necessary to open and operate a small business. In addition, the course will provide life skills such as, social skills, empowerment, and preparation for employment, such as, dressing for success, resume writing, job interview preparation and tools to help integrate into a new workplace. The course will also put a strong emphasis on working with suppliers and customers. The course participants will be guided by a job placement and empowerment mentor, who will provide personal and group sessions in order to help the participants integrate and advance themselves in the Israeli job market. This part of the program will be run in cooperation with Maof, a subsidiary agency of the Ministry of Finance for small businesses, which will provide training and courses at a subsidized cost.

The third part of the program will be 40 hours dedicated to working on the Final Project, and its aim is to provide the women with a platform in which they can practice and experience the knowledge they learned during the course with the help and guidance of professionals who specialize in application development. Other than the practical experience that the participants will be able to put in their resume and use as a stepping stone on their way to employment, the project will focus on application development for non-profit and social organizations. The projects will be done by teams of 3 participants each, so that the women will each be personally involved in the empowering process of giving back to society and contributing to the community. The non-profit organization is chosen together with the team participants and the application development process will be done in cooperation with the organizations themselves in order to customize the app to their specific needs. Our goal is that this unique process will be done in full cooperation with Google, whether it is with the help and guidance of application development professionals or with the use of the Google campus in order to create a unique and effective learning environment for the participants. The involvement of Google employees is a welcomed addition, however, in the event that this is not possible, the program will not be impaired by this. In any case, an instructor from Machshava Tova will guide every stage of the program.

The final part of the project is spread throughout the following year. Helping the women integrate into high-tech positions is only half the work. Once the women are placed, we will provide a strong female support system in order to help the women maintain their positions, act as leaders and promote themselves. Each participant will be assigned a mentor that will closely follow up on the women’s progress with a biweekly phone meeting and monthly face-to-face meetings. In addition, we will conduct workshops and meetings throughout the year in order to enhance the women’s confidence women in the workplace, as well as give them a chance to stay in touch with like-minded women and share experiences.

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Demonstrated Need

The Van Leer Institution's Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere (WIPS), conducted extensive research on the integration of women into the Israeli and found that the women in high-tech make up less than a third of all the employees in the field. At Machshava Tova, we have been working in the field of technological employment for an array of disadvantaged populations. In the past two years, we have recognized a substantial need to make technological education accessible to marginalized women in Israel, while putting an emphasis on empowerment and work experience.

Additionally, there is a great demand in the tech field for experienced app developers, which allows us to offer these women a relevant, fulfilling and lucrative long-term career.

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Program Accomplishments

This year was the pilot year of the App2U program and we happy to report are already seeing a a significant difference. The program is not yet completed for the year and two of the women have already found jobs in the high-tech field. The women have expressed substantial satistfaction in the program's contribution to their personal lives and future careers. In various questionaires, the women have reported a growing sense of self-efficacy and empowerment, in addtition to their proven success in the technological exams given throughout the course.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

The success of this project would be to witness women, who are discouraged, both because of their gender and their socio-economic situation, to integrate successfully into the male dominated field of high-tech. The goal of this project is not only to give these women a chance to develop a rewarding career but to increase their self-esteem and allow them to act as role-models to all women who are intimidated by the thought of investing in their education and daring to enter one of the desirable professional fields, which are monopolized by men. The second year of the program is just as crucial as the first for the success of the project. Getting them in the door is only half the work; once in the workplace, it is important for the women to have a female support system that will continue to encourage them to promote themselves within the workplace. Success for this project is a picture of confident women leaders, (in a hopefully less male dominated workplace), moving forward regardless of their gender and where they started out.

This project is a pilot that has been operated for the first time this year. We are happy to report that we have witnessed an extremely special process as the women have successfully acquired new technological skills and enhanced their sense of self-efficacy. After we conduct a complete evaluation and measurement report of the pilot, we plan to move forward and to use the results in order to better the program each year. While taking into account the experience we have from our current long running programs, as the App2U continues to grow and show results in the lives of the women participating in the project.

Machshava Tova dedicates much time and effort for the evaluation of each project, so that we may continue to grow and improve. Our in-house evaluation and assessment coordinator, Ms. Tehilla Bas, evaluates each project with a number of tools in order to meet the maximum results. MT works with a CRM system, tailored specifically to meet the organization's needs and keeps track of each participant in terms of class attendance, meeting deadlines and exam results. Additionally, our evaluation coordinator designs and analyzes questionnaires that are handed out at the beginning and at the end of each course, as well as six months after completion of the course. The assessment of the questionnaires measures attitude toward technology, self-efficacy, grades change in learning habits and employment.

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App2u - Employment Program for Women

About

The App2u Program aims to promote and empower women by encouraging them to acquire a professional technology education in order to successfully enter the hi-tech workforce. The program provides women who have not had the financial or social means to obtain education in the technology field with high-quality professional knowledge, tools and skills in the in-demand fields of front end development or QA, as well as practical experience in either field. The program participants take part in technology training alongside employment preparation and self-empowerment workshops, and a professional internship in Start-up companies in the community. 

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

· Creating a meaningful social impact – To promote 30 women from the geo-social periphery, and to provide them with the opportunity and the basis for pursuing a long-term career in a prestigious field, to place themselves at the forefront of their family and community, to improve their self-image in the eyes of their partners and children, and to serve as a positive and empowering role model for other women, and especially for their own daughters.


· Encouraging technological professions among women – Many of the participants come from backgrounds which do not encourage pursuing a career in hi-tech among women, and in order to break into this field they are in need of professional skill-sets and technology knowledge that they otherwise cannot obtain, due to financial or social reasons. This course provides the women with the skills and experience they need, as well as with a support system made up primarily of women that guides and accompanies them on their way to achieving their professional upgrade.


· Practical knowledge and experience – To provide advanced technological knowledge on a high professional level, in in-demand fields in the job market, which the participants will learn, train in and implement during their internship.


· Enrichment and Empowerment – To provide a supportive and empowering environment for the women, in which their self-confidence and sense of efficacy will increase in view of their abilities and accomplishments in the course. To provide practical tools for employment preparation through workshops, such as “Dress for Success”, resume writing, interview preparation and conduct in the workplace.

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Program Description

The App2u program is implemented in four stages. The first is the recruitment and sorting process, which consists of both a personal interview in which the suitability of the candidate is examined, as well as a technology knowledge exam to check the knowledge level with which the candidates come to the program.


The second stage is the academic training in Front End Development (256 academic hours) or QA (284 academic hours) and preparation for employment. This 8-month-long intensive course introduces participants to the front end development or QA fields, which work with the components that have direct contact with the end users. A front end developer uses both Java programming and design elements, and is responsible for the final product's esthetics, ease of use and functionality. In QA, the participants learn to use the many and varied methods of checking the quality of a product or software and detecting problems before supplying it to the customer. Both fields are especially relevant in the hi-tech job market today, and the course is designed to teach the learning material and train the participants with great emphasis on implementation and practice.


This stage of the program not only provides the participants with high-level professional knowledge, interpersonal skills and practical experience in an in-demand field in the job market, but also prepares them through a number of workshops and tours of business companies for the process of applying for jobs in the hi-tech field, combining family and career, self-marketing, and various other tools to make them feel capable and confident in pursuing their career.


The third part of the program is internship in business companies (300-350 hours) for all participants who pass the course. The knowledge the women obtain during the course of their studies is reflected in this stage. The women are allotted a period of working time during which they are able to apply the knowledge accumulated during the course. The companies they enter assign them projects related to the content taught in the course and accompany the interns in every professional aspect. At the end of the internship period, the women will have gained experience and knowledge in the field they studied and in the ways of the world of hi-tech employment, and will be able to use this experience in obtaining a gainful long-term career.


The fourth and final part takes place after the end of the course, when the Machshava Tova program staff follows up on the women's progress through phone calls and face-to-face meetings, in which the participants are able to share experiences and difficulties, as well as success and future plans. 

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Demonstrated Need

The severe under-representation of women in the hi-tech industry in Israel is an established fact (only 26% of hi-tech employees are women, according to a recent research conducted by the Ministry of Finance), and a grave cause for concern, especially here, in the country known as the "Start-Up Nation". Machshava Tova's core belief is that every person has the ability for success and advancement, and deserves to bring it to light and to take part in the 21st century, regardless of gender or socio-economic situation. This is especially applicable in the case of women and hi-tech, and we are committed to giving women the opportunity they deserve, making a social impact and taking even small steps toward a bigger change for the better. 

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Program Accomplishments

We are happy to report that the App2u program had a very successful first year, with 11 women out of 13 finishing the course with high grades, and most importantly, with an enhanced sense of self efficacy and accomplishment. The internship process is fully underway, and to date, 5 women have already been successfully placed in Start-up companies suitable for their professional and personal needs. All women reported a high satisfaction rate with the program content, staff, and management. It was especially heartwarming and inspiring to see the participants receive their diplomas in the program closing event, surrounded by proud friends and family. 

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How do you measure the success of your program?

Our success is measured thorugh every woman who takes the course and finishes with not only a diploma in hand, but a drive to pursue a position in this exclusive and prestigious industry, to prove herself and her abilities, and to serve as a role-model for her family and community. Finishing the course is only the first step in this rewarding and challenging journey, and we, at Machshava Tova, make sure to follow up on the progress of every participant, and to accompany them through the process of job search and placement.


In light of the very positive results we are witnessing in the first year of the App2u program, we decided to expand the one course into two in this subsequent year, and to incorporate 2 relevant technology fields to encompass more of the needs of the hi-tech workforce.


Measurable objectives and first-year accomplishments to date:


  • Finding 15 women who have the motivation and an interest in the field – we opened the course with 13 women, out of which 11 finished it
  • 80% attendance rate in class – 8 out of 11 women met the conditions successfully
  • Satisfaction of at least 85% of course participants with the course contents and staff –100% of participants reported a high rate of satisfaction with the course
  • Improvement of participants' attitude toward their ability to upgrade their employment level – 99% reported an improvement in their ability to upgrade
  • Locating suitable internship positions for every participant – 5 women have already started their internship
  • Accompaniment of 100% of the participants until job placement


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Digital Innovation

About

The digital creation program is one of the many programs that Machshava Tova offers within the FabLab Laboratory. The program’s that provide a comprehensive introduction and hands-on experience into the world of digital creation and robotics (in cooperation with FLL - FRIST LEGO League) to children and youth at-risk throughout the city. The digital creation program focuses on advanced technological learning, such as 3D printing and Arduino. The robotics program exposes its young participants to the real world of engineering by building an automatic robot to assist with various day-to-day challenges. These programs are taught in an annual and holistic framework and are designed to address the learning challenges of the modern world. The program reaches out to children and youth from disadvantaged families who lack the financial resources for technological exposure. The program’s goal is to expose theses participants to advanced technology and digital innovation.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The mission of the program is to provide children and youth at-risk with advanced tools and skills in order to enhance their self-esteem and help them to recognize the inherent personal potential in each and every one of them.

Goals:

Enrichment and Empowerment – To build a supportive and encouraging system for the participants, which will build their self-confidence and self-efficacy.

Development of New Cognitive Skills – To develop outside-side-the-box thinking, creativity, imagination, ability to transition one dimension object to 3 dimensional

Changing the Participants’ Thinking Pattern from Consumers to Producers – To develop a sense of personal responsibility towards the immediate environment by changing the perception of consumerism to creative thinking, coping with challenges and thinking about sustainable solutions.

Team Work – the program strives to teach the participants how to work as a team, how emphasize one’s strength and to compensate for one’s weaknesses. This component develops soft skills, such as teamwork, cooperation and the ability to learn from on another

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Program Description

The digital creation program is one of the many programs that Machshava Tova runs in its Fablab Laboratory. The Fablab is a community digital creation laboratory that provides access to technological creation and innovative digital tools, such as 3D printers, laser cutting machines and CVC. The Fablab operated by Machshava Tova is one of 600 laboratories around the world. A Fablab is a place where anyone can turn a dream into a material reality, create (almost) any object and freely enjoy the technological creation tools of the 21st century. Through an international network, members of the Fablab community share knowledge and resources with on another. Fablab Israel, as part of the international network, allows anyone to access new technology by working with open code, sharing knowledge and encouraging a free and experimental use of all of the innovative tools. Our Fablab laboratory is an arena of innovation, art, research and interdisciplinary creations.

As a significant part of Machshava Tova’s mission to take action, the Fablab laboratory serves as a unique community center located in Beit Hansen – a house of art and technology in the city of Jerusalem. The Fablab is open to the public and encourages exposure to advanced technology and innovative digital creation, especially for children and youth at-risk.

The proposed program offers two innovative learning tracks suited for the different levels of technological knowledge - children from the 1st – 7th grades and youth from 8th – 10th:

1.Digital Creation - A course that combines advanced technological material and an in-depth introduction to the world of digital creation. Throughout the course, the participants learn about 3D printing and design, acquire advanced knowledge in 2D and 3D printing. In addition, the participants learn how to turn an idea or initiative into a tangible object, by developing a product from the very first stage. An additional aspect is acquiring knowledge in Arduino, which is an open source computer hardware and software user community that designs and manufactures microcontroller kits for building digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control objects in the physical world.

2.Robotics – The syllabus of the robotics course is built in cooperation with FLL – FIRST LEGO League. Within the framework of the course, the participants build a robot from LEGO blocks that can perform complex tasks. Throughout the learning process, the participants practice teamwork, research, creative thinking, problem resolution and working under pressure. The course exposes the participants to contemporary engineering challenges (such as recycling, food security and clean water). The participant research the challenges and find solutions by building a robot to execute tasks according to a task board. The process also teaches the participants the value of giving back to the community.

The two proposed programs above consist of 16 weekly meetings of an hour and a half each. The courses take place in the organization community computer centers in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Ramot, Kiryat Menachem and Herzl Boulevard.

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Demonstrated Need

Israel is a country on the cutting edge of the hi-tech world. Yet, according to the Ministry of Social Equality (June 2016 - Digital literacy 2nd in-depth research), 27% of the country's residents do not have basic computer access and are technologically illiterate due to financial or cultural barriers. Considering we live in a rapidly evolving technological environment in which computers are an essential element of our daily lives, this unequal access to technology perpetuates poverty and digital gaps, further widening social inequality. The implications of the digital divide in Israel for underprivileged young children and youth are especially detrimental. Without the financial resources to purchase home computers or participate in computer training courses, underprivileged young children and youth cannot keep up with their classmates or participate in the contemporary youth culture. The lack of technological knowhow impedes their ability to gain appropriate higher\professional education and later enter the job market, obtain gainful employment and pursue advanced education. As these young children and youth progress towards adulthood, they become frequently unemployed and marginalized from mainstream society.

The program is designed to affect the chances of welfare children and at-risk youth straying from social norms and endangering themselves and those around them. As the children grow older to teenage age, they are characterized by their difficulty to remain in formal systems and its high rate of dropouts. The lack of a formal framework may lead to dangerous behavior, such as substance abuse and violence. This behavior can affect their personal and professional future and eventually lead them into a cycle of poverty and unemployment.

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Program Accomplishments

From the evaluation and measurement, we conducted, we have found that in the subjects related to innovation and digital literacy, the instructors reported that at the end of the course almost all the participants (94%) possess “strong” and “very strong” computer skill in comparison with the beginning of the course when only half (54%) possessed these skills. 85% of the participants show technological curiosity “to a great extent” at the end of the course, in comparison with 33% at the beginning of the course. It was also measured that 75% of participants showed the ability to work independently and research new technological fields in comparison with 24% at the beginning of the year. The data shows that the program significantly contributes to the participants’ self of efficacy and their ability to make beneficial use of the technological tools they receive

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How do you measure the success of your program?

Machshava Tova takes the evaluation of each project very seriously, so that we may continue to grow and improve. Our in-house Evolution and Measurement Coordinator, Ms. Tehila Bassa has an MA in Organizational Consulting from the Hebrew University. At Machshava Tova, we use a CRM system that is modified to fit the needs of every course. The system evaluates both quantitative measures (attendance, dropout rates) and qualitative measures (course content, efficacy and relevance, course goal fulfillment, etc.).

An ongoing satisfaction assessment is also conducted, both with students and with our partners. Additionally, questionnaires are filled out by the participants at the beginning and conclusion of the course, examining familiarity level with the digital tools; capabilities gained, and comparison between final grades.

It is important to note that the material taught in the program’s framework is material that we also teach in other educational frameworks. The main difference in the proposed program relates to its target audience. This program will be held at the organization's technological centers in Jerusalem and will serve the residents of the neighborhoods, most of whom are of low socio-economic status. We hope to expand our program to additional centers around the country.

Measurable Goals:

1. We will open 4 groups for 30 welfare children and 30 youth at-risk.

2.95% of the participants will successfully complete the course and report an increase in self-efficacy and self-confidence.

3.90% of the participants will present a final product that will be built according to the digital tools they learned during the course.

4.80% of the participants express satisfaction in the level of the course and its contents.

5.80% of the participants will develop a positive attitude towards technology.

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Eco-Tech

About

In 2011 the organization founded
the Eco-Tech project, an annual program, which provides technological
certification for at-risk youth. Since its foundation, more than 250 teenagers,
from across the country, have participated in the program.

Eco-Tech is a program which connects
teenagers with technological employment opportunities by training and
certifying them in a variety of areas such as computer technicians, digital marketing, web development and application development.



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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The program provides the
participants with high level tools and skills, which enhance their self-esteem
and allows them to recognize the inherent personal potential in each and every
one of them. Throughout the year, the participants are exposed to technological
fields in demand and develop entrepreneurial thinking, as well as the ability
to work in a team. These tools will help
empower them towards their integration into normative systems within the
community. The program includes enrichment
lectures and tours of high-tech companies where the participants meet leading
professionals of their field.




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Program Description

Professional Technological
Training (130 hours)

The first part of the program is the training and certification stage. This course will certify the participants in one
of many different fields, because as the demand and expansion of the program increased so did the variety of technological fields we offer. This year we are opening 6 groups of 15 participants each in our computer centers across the country. These courses include a 4 130- hour Cisco Certified Technician Courses, 2 100-hour Digital
Marketing Course and 2 94-hour App Development Course. In the framework of the first part of thses courses the participants will gain knowledge and acquire these fields. The course includes theoretical content, practical experience, practice and a final exam.

Entrepreneurial Courses (65 hours)

The Eco-Tech project incorporates
the NFTE program, an international program for youth business initiatives and
is run in Israel by the Joint-Ashalim organization. The program provides a
various range of life skills and encourages values such as financial
independence, fair trade and community spirit. Throughout the year,
participants build business plans initiated by their own ideas that they later
present to a panel of judges made up of business professionals and
entrepreneurs.

Summer Internships (20 hours)

The internship is the practicalstage in which the participants apply all the knowledge they have gained
throughout the year. During the internship, the participants will be required
to meet all the demands of a normative work place such as punctuality,
productivity, teamwork and respect of authority. The internship includes
employment preparation workshops which provides different skills such as
resume writing tools, job hunting skills, work place behavior and youth labor
rights. Each participant receives a scholarship for the internship period.During the internship period, the participant also experience contribution to the society, as some refurbish old computers and donate them to needy families in the community, and some develop apps or help market digitally small businesses or organization.


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Demonstrated Need

The program's target population is at-risk youth, boys and girls, between the ages of 14-18. The program is designed to affect their chances of straying from social norms and endangering themselves and those around them. This specific population is characterized by its difficulty to remain in formal systems and its high rate of dropouts. The lack of a formal framework may lead to dangerous behavior, such as substance abuse and violence. This behavior can affect their personal and professional future and eventually lead them into a cycle of poverty and unemployment.

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Program Accomplishments

In the entrepreneurship program
the participants are required to prepare products throughout the year, where
the final product is presented in front of a panel of judges in the framework
of a competition for the title of "Best Business Initiative". In the past year
(2014-2015), a team of teenagers from the Eco-Tech program in Lod won first
place in the national finale of the NFTE program for youth entrepreneurship.
The team represented Israel
in the international competition that will take place in New York. There they presented the business initiative that they developed in the framework of
the program.
The product they developed is the "Find It" – a small sticker that that can be placed on
objects such as keys and sunglasses and can later be found with the help of
your cell phone in the case that they are lost. In Israel,the project was presented in
front of mayors and business professionals, such as the mayor of Lod, Intel
employees and HP programmers.


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How do you measure the success of your program?

Upon request, we would be more than happy to send the full Eco-Tech evaluation study report from 2015.

Machsava
Tova takes the evaluation of each project very seriously, so that we may
continue to grow and improve. Our
in-house evaluation and assessment coordinator, Mr. Tamir Elay, evaluates
each project with a number of tools in order to meet the maximum results. MT
works with a CRM system, tailored specifically to meet the organization's needs
and keeps track of each participant in terms of class attendance, meeting
deadlines and exam results. Additionally, our evaluation coordinator designs
and analyzes questionnaires that are handed out at the beginning and at the end
of each course, as well as six months after completion of the course. The
assessment of the questionnaires measures attitude toward technology,
self-efficacy, change in learning habits and employment. We have concluded that the project has been very succesful up to dat, albeit there is always room to improve. We keep track of all the program's graduates and are witnessing great improvment.

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Technology Day Camp for Children from Disadvantaged Homes

About

Machshava Tova's summer camp is a two-week program that is operated in different locations across the country and addresses working parent's dire need for affordable summer activities for their children. The target population for this program is mainly welfare families, who are unable to afford summer camp or any other framework to care for and occupy their children during the summer months. The camp offers both, recreational summer fun and exposure to interesting technological material, all in a safe environment.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The mission of this program is two-fold: To provide welfare children with a quality summer camp, in which they can have, as well as learn and provide working parents and single mothers with a costless child-care solution so that they will be continue to support their family without worrying about the well-being of their young children.

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Program Description

Machshava Tova's summer program offers a three-week recreational and educational framework for welfare children between 3rd and 6th grade (1st and 2nd grade are offered a summer program implemented by the ministry of education). The camp will take place during the months of July and August, between the hours of 8am to 1pm. Throughout the program the children will engage in fun technological material as well as, simple enjoyable summer experiences, such as pool time, sports and arts and crafts like all other children their age. The learning material includes fun and age-appropriate technology, like comic animaton, robotics, art design, movie making and much more, while learning basic and essential computer skills.

5 Day Camps will take place throughout the country:

  • Jerusalem - Two "High-Tech-Kid" camps for welfare children, 45 participants.
  • Kiryat Yam - "High-Tech Hero" camp for welfare children, 18 participants.
  • Lod - Technology camp for children who participate in afternoon welfare programs during the year, 25 participants.
  • Lod - "Summer Tech", a taste of high-tech for youth, 15 participants

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Demonstrated Need

All working parents face a challenge when summer vacation comes around, however those from low socio-economic status, face an even more daunting challenge when it comes to coming up with the money to afford childcare during the summer. Single mothers and mothers in general, as the primary caregivers, have no backup and are unable to take off work, without the risk of losing their jobs. This program presents a two advantages: it offers a costless childcare solution for two weeks of the summer (except for a commitment fee between $15-$25). The other extremely important need, is the need for welfare children to enjoy summer like the rest of the kids their age. The camp offers, enrichment, education and fun into their, otherwise, uneventful and long summer vacation.

In addition, many of the participating children to not have a computer at home or parents to teach them, and this day and age, technological skills are crucial already in high school. By teaching the children technological skills and knowledge in a fun and safe atmosphere, it allows the adapt early on and implement these crucial skills in the future.

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Program Accomplishments

The is the second year that Machshava Tova is operating this summer camp, and we are proud to report that last year was a significant
success. 130 welfare participated in the day camps and enjoyed summer fun with
children their age, which they otherwise would not have had chance
to experience. They were also exposed to unique technologic material, which
sparked an interest for technology and provided them with new skills, which they
will able to use in the future. During the camp, the children expressed their enjoyment and a desire to participate in the camp again.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

Machsava Tova takes the evaluation of each
project very seriously, so that we may continue to grow and improve. Our
in-house evaluation and assessment coordinator, Ms. Tehilla bas, evaluates each
project with a number of tools in order to meet the maximum results. MT works
with a CRM system, tailored specifically to meet the organization's needs and
keeps track of each participant in terms of attendance, results and
expressed satisfaction. Additionally, our evaluation coordinator designs and
analyzes questionnaires that are handed out at the beginning and at the end of
each program.

The success in this program is
measured in the number of children from welfare homes who express satisfaction
and a change in attitude towards technology. It is also measured in the number
of working parents who are able to continue working without financial or
emotional worry.

The success of this year’s program, will be to engage 103
welfare children in a
fun and educational experience allowing hard working parents to feel as
if their child is not missing out on a summer experience and knowing that
they are in a safe environment, as they work to support their family.

Last year we found the day camps to be extremely successful, both in providing a fun and quality camp for the children and in providing working parents with a child-care solution. We hope that this year will present the same success as the last.

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