I am 33 years old, married and mother of one.
I was born and raised in Migdal HaEmek. After working as a youth counselor in the commune Givat Ella, I moved to Jerusalem to study for a B.A. in Education and an M.A. in Anthropology at the Hebrew University, while working as a counselor in Amutat Etgarim ("Challenges") with disabled children.
I then moved to Yerucham, to complete my research in Anthropology on the subject of Women's Identity through Motherhood.
It was through my research that I started longing to return home, and see how everything I've learned and studied can be perceived in the familiar faces I've grew up with. I went back, and started working with children in day X.
My work, in connection with my research thesis, made me realize my vision - I want to develop in my community the power to help ourselves. I want us to understand together that we have the ability to move ourselves forward - and this understanding has to start with our children.
Youth Futures is a wonderful starting point for this vision. The program aims to empower children and teenagers, or rather to teach them how to empower themselves. I believe that Youth Futures can create an internal process in my community to make children take better control of their lives, and I can not be prouder to be a part of this process.