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Graduates' Program

Long-term Supporting Program

Our experience has shown that in order to effectively support these young adults we need to take a multi-faceted approach that is based upon knowledge of the crossroads and stages each graduate will face. Each graduate receives individual support and an individually catered program that relates to his/her needs both emotionally and physically.

 

To this end, Nirim has initiated a professional multi-leveled program that allows not only a sympathetic ear and emotional support, but to be there in person during each important event and crossroad as needed. Obviously, we also need to be able to offer quick and effective intervention during moments of crisis and liaise with relevant organizations

 

Stage 1 – Preparation for first call up to IDF

  • Preparation seminar for IDF enlistment – during 12th grade
  • Meetings with graduates who have finished their IDF service
  • Medical recommendations and treatment for raising Induction profiles
  • Contact with organizations and key personnel as part of the process of cancelling criminal records in order to facilitate service in elite combatant units, and in some cases to facilitate enlistment at all.

 Stage 2 – From completion of High School until start of army service

  • A place to live in Nirim village, if needed.
  • Assistance in gaining recognition by IDF as  an adopted/lone solider
  • Assistance with army bureaucracy  in selection processes and preferences
  • Help in finding temporary employment
  • Being actively involved in finding the best position in IDF
     

Stage 3 – Intensive Support whilst serving in IDF

  • Maintenance of a continuous, discrete yet warm and supportive role while serving in IDF (visits, care packages, phone calls, financial aid, caring for family needs, connection) and where needed intervention with army officials.
  • Weekly updates and follow-up
  • Creation of useful relationships with officers, liaison offers, medical officers and  cooperation with key army personnel in order to solve any problems in early stages as a partnership
  • Direct liaison with personnel officer in time of crisis
  • Updates regarding  adopted/lone solider status and intervention when needed
  • Financial support where needed both to solider and to families in acute economic distress
  • Visiting graduates at important milestones during IDF service, visiting on days off, etc.
  • Continuing intervention regarding cancelling of criminal records
  • Encouragement of graduates to increase their involvement in the village and the neighborhoods, as role models, as mentors and as part of the family of Nirim.
     

Stage 4 – Preparation for army discharge and the start of integration into society as a civilian

  • Understanding that this stage can be a period of crisis for these young adults, as they leave a clear and defined framework into one of uncertainty fraught with challenges. It would be easy to return to the dysfunctional behaviors of the past with no support net in place.
  • They are able to live in the graduate home in the village, but the intention is to provide those that need an alternative home, a functional apartment within central urban region.
  • Civil advice regarding the rights and financial support given to discharged solders, especially discharged combatants
  • Employment counseling. Tools for job searching; how to apply, resume writing, interview skills, etc.


Stage 4 – Accompanying and advising during the first steps as civilians

·         Advice and economic support during first steps as independent adults absorbing into employment market and higher education facilities.

·         Escorting to interviews, scholarship and grant processes for academic and professional education.

·         Assistance with housing, employment, therapy if needed, building of community ties, building of family ties, adoptive families if needed.

 

Goals for the graduates unit

·         Creation of budgetary resources in order to enlarge team. Most urgent need is for a  social worker

·         Establishment of Graduate House in city environment.

·         Creation of a grant/scholarship resource for higher education.
 We perceive the attainment of an academic professional qualification as a key to successful integration into core of society, the breaking through into new cycles of potential and out of poverty. We intend to establish a separate educational fund for our graduates.

·         Establishment of a special Emergency fund.
This would cover welfare expenses whilst serving in the IDF of up to 700 Shekels per graduate per month for psychological treatment if so needed.

·         Travel expenses to visit home or to adoptive family of up to 200 Shekels per graduate per month

·         Emergency dental treatment

·         Expenses for special educational diagnosis. Educational diagnosis of learning disabilities (for special dispensations in studying) and psychometric examination expenses.

·         Creation of social frameworks for graduates to meet amongst themselves on a regular and regulated basis, continuation of private and group therapies

·         Individual coaching in life skills relating to rights, banking, fiscal management, dealing with organizations etc.

·         Adoptive families. Increasing pool including those families able and willing to deal with more complicated situation

·         Graduates giving back. Initiating projects and programs that will enable grads to give back to Nirim and communities they live in as role models and mentors

·         Big brother – adopting a young resident of Nirim

 

The Graduate Apartment

This project would answer many pressing needs of graduates that have either no family home or who  come from family homes that are unable to provide them with a stable home life;  emotionally and financially. Most Nirim graduates come from dysfunctional and broken homes, poverty is rife and new behaviors are easily replaced by old habits if they return to their unstable family environments. Therefore, a graduate apartment would provide multiple solutions. It may provide a safe, secure and warm home. It may supply mutual support and a base for a gentle and controlled integration into society. The apartment would need to be in the center of the country close to established higher education facilities and with a greater choice of employment. Obviously, this may mean higher living costs.

Within the apartment would live five or six graduates, some “adopted/ lone soldiers” and some students. Students would have their own room and soldiers would share a room for two. Each apartment would have an instructor, who would provide them with support and advice, life skills etc. The residents would share housekeeping duties and would participate in rental costs. “Adopted/Lone” soldiers receive help with rent from the IDF. A graduate apartment would play an essential role in the rehabilitation process making landing back into society a softer and less threatening experience.

 

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