The Neta@ Project has been operating in Zachar for the past three years. 35 10th and 11th grade students from the Amit and Ort schools in Hazor and the Amal school in Safed are active in the program, and volunteer 60 hours a year to the community.
Many students who participate in the project choose to volunteer in the Youth Futures program, and show a great deal of interest and a genuine desire to make a difference and volunteer for the benefit of these children - Neta@ students who volunteer in Youth Futures act as the children's mentors and participate in group activities.
They assist the children by helping them prepare their homework and study before tests, and by keeping them company through social activities such as cooking, creative work, trips, games, etc. On the Net@ part - the students feel fulfilled through giving back to the community and have fun working with the younger children.
Both the Neta@ students and the Youth Future children show enjoyment at these meetings, and have reported them to be agreeable and fun, which encourages the children to look forward to the next meetings.
The community's response to the volunteering project was supportive, to the extent that students who did not participate in the Neta@ project asked to volunteer in the Youth Futures project through their individual commitment project. Even children who do not belong to Youth Futures have shown an interest and take part in the activities!
As several Neta@ students have said:
Esther Shachatz, a 10th grade Ort student, second year in the Neta@ project: "I enjoyed working with the Youth Futures project children. I feel that I am giving back to my community, and that makes me feel good."
Lider Biton, 10th grade Ort student, second year in the Neta@ project: "I feel that my contribution to the children contributes to me personally. The responsibility given to me and my relationship with the children give me a good feeling and make me want to continue giving."
Naveh Asor, 10th grade Ort student, second year in the Neta@ project: "When they said at the beginning of the year that volunteering was mandatory I thought to myself that I don't have the time and don't really want to take part. Now that I'm involved in the project I understand how important my contribution is, both for the children and for myself. I'm glad that I chose to volunteer in the Youth Futures project."
Einav Levi, 10th grade Ort student, second year in the Neta@ project: "The fact that the children wait for me to come to the meetings gives me a good feeling. If only for that - my work is significant."