Surf’s up: US Embassy provides grant to youth-at-risk surf program

2021-06-11 13:42:26

The US Embassy in Israel has awarded the group, HaGal Sheli (My Wave), which brings collectively at-risk youth to surf, a grant of NIS 70,000 to assist its Younger Mentors Program. The embassy’s division of public diplomacy invests in civil society and academic tasks that help Israeli residents.

The division visited HaGal Sheli on Tuesday, the place they obtained a browsing lesson, and heard a panel, led by Elias Saba, an Arab teacher on the group’s Jaffa web site, together with the group’s CEO and founder, Yaron Waksman, and participant testimonials. The US Embassy Public Diplomacy Section of the US Embassy: (left to right) Jessica Tesoriero, Nicole Colameta, Elias Saba, Dunia Kahlul, Omer Benziony, Yaron Waksman, Alison Brown (Photo Credit: HaGal Sheli).The US Embassy Public Diplomacy Part of the US Embassy: (left to proper) Jessica Tesoriero, Nicole Colameta, Elias Saba, Dunia Kahlul, Omer Benziony, Yaron Waksman, Alison Brown (Picture Credit score: HaGal Sheli).

“HaGal Sheli and the Younger Mentors Program, specifically, implement values ​​that the embassy desires to advertise, together with shared citizenship, variety, empowerment and offering alternatives for all Israeli residents wherever they’re, via enjoyable and distinctive sports activities actions linked to the ocean, which is a key useful resource in Israel,” stated Alison Brown, the embassy’s deputy cultural attaché. 

HaGal Sheli brings deprived youngsters from all walks of Israeli society – Arabs and Jews, spiritual and secular, and many others.- in a browsing program supposed to coach and supply them with the instruments they want to achieve life.

“We function out of the idea that making a optimistic setting and a way of belonging, whereas utilizing the therapeutic components of the ocean, will present the individuals with an actual alternative to ‘catch a wave’, on their method to a greater life,” the group boasts.

The Younger Mentors Program trains graduates to grow to be mentors and authorized instructors who, in-turn, might help youthful individuals within the Lighthouse Program, which teaches life-lessons via browsing experiences, and the Al Hagal enterprise that gives workshops and browsing. They endure an assistant teacher’s course on the Wingate Institute.

“We see each day the great worth created right here in exhausting and strenuous work. Collectively we show that there are different prospects, and regardless of challenges and disagreements, in the long run we’re all equal and all of us have a spot,” Waksman stated. 

“I thank the representatives of the US Embassy for his or her assist of this vital mission. Help, past its monetary significance, is an expression of belief in our path for at-risk youth and in our means to advertise proactive processes for all youth within the nation,” Waksman expressed his appreciation.

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