IVN and its strategic partners, NIF and the Rashi Foundation, congratulate the following Social Entrepreneurs who were just awarded IVN Social Entrepreneur Fellowships for the two year period of 2008-2010! Fellowships include a monthly stipend and mentoring by an IVN Member. The fellows were chosen from over 212 outstanding applications.
• Yossi Coten and Smadar Nehab - "Tsofen" - These entrepreneurs have a vision for the general Northern Israeli population and the Arab job seeking population in particular, to enable them to join the mainstream high-tech success story of Israel by centralizing and establishing an innovative high-tech employment and training nucleus, first of all, in Nazareth.
• Yony Choona and Georg Roessler - "SOS Center for Violence Studies", inspired by a highly successful national and innovative European model, is committed to prevention of violence and also promotes the topic as an academic discipline. The Center takes a holistic approach that includes teacher training, and work with parents, students, youth movements and local police authorities.
• Yael Cohen-Paran - "The Israel Energy Forum" - The global energy problem is being tackled head on in Israel by this project. The forum aims to develop the first sustainable energy plan for Israel, advocate its adoption and enable its implementation. The forum will builda framework for planning the future of Israel's energy supply and consumption, and will initiate public discussion, urging policy-makers to push forward sustainable solutions for Israel's energy needs.
• Linda Mosek - "Retirement - the Window of Opportunity" - Baby boomers the world over still have a huge amount to contribute to society, and Israel is no exception. This innovative initiative aims to create valued occupational opportunities for the elderly by establishing a vocational center that will provide work-related prospects. In addition, the project will embrace a wide range of elements such as community involvement, business development, volunteering, inter-generational interaction and Diaspora partnership.
Additional mentoring is being offered to the following exceptional social entrepreneurs:
Ada Safanov - "Source of Growth" - The goal of this initiative is to reduce the school drop-out rate of immigrant children in general and children from the Caucuses region in particular and to strengthen their social integration. This is done by promoting multi-cultural teaching methods in order to raise student academic achievements and by working with teachers, parents and the education system.
Margalit Moshe - "Women Embroidering Andanet (Together)" - This project addresses a perennial national social problem in Israel, that of employment and integration of the Ethiopian population into the mainstream of Israel and in particular the Ethiopian immigrant women.
Elana Sztokman Maryles took her inspiration for "Deborah's Farm" from the successful program in the U.S., Farm & Wilderness. The program, which can be replicated in other populations, redresses a very problematic trend in religious education in which girls are socialized into passive, support roles, by creating Deborah's Farm - a special environment in the Negev that enables them to thrive. The retreat will have specific physically empowering components that enable them to learn how to use their full bodies in cooperation with the environment.