Mission Possible participants with Youth Futures children from Ma'ale Yosef
during a recent targeted visit to Israel.
December 4, 2009 / 16 Kislev 5770
In only five days, five women from Great Britain raised £250,000 for underprivileged youth in the north of Israel.
No wonder they call themselves Mission Possible.
Established in 2005 by Linda Plant, Karen Goodkind and Cara Minton after an inspiring trip to the Upper Galilee, when they returned home the women committed themselves to bringing their friends back to discover the Israel they saw first hand.
The latest Mission Possible visit in November 2009 – a whirlwind three day tour of Jerusalem and the Upper Galilee –was led by Mission Possible Founder Goodkind. Participants included Louise Jacobs, Mandy Smith and Angela Jacobson from London and Tracy Grabiner of Glasgow. While the mission itself was small, their efforts were mighty: In less than a week the women raised £250,000 that will be distributed by UJIA for tuition for extra curricular academic support for children to enable them to reach national levels of achievement in the areas of Math, Hebrew and English.
During a visit to Ma'ale Yosef, a community on the Israel-Lebanon border, the mission met children from the Youth Futures program, an inspiring Jewish Agency program, supported by UJIA, in which under-privileged children living on the periphery of the country are helped to succeed academically and socially. Each child is paired with a "guardian angel," a mentor who serves as an advocate and support system.
During the visit, the group played an interactive, getting-to-know each other game. They also heard from the mother of a Youth Futures participant who shared how the program has impacted her child and their family. Finally, a Guardian Angel read out loud from a picture book she wrote for a child whose constant refrain was, "I don’t know." Through the course of the inspirational story, the "I don't know" child slowly learns to come out of his shell.
Before the mission said goodbye, Goodkind turned to the children and said, "I was so happy I was able to meet you and I am looking forward to coming back next year and meeting the new children."