Urban post-high school service-learning programs for Israeli youth0
Mechinot: Post-High School Service Learning programs provide Israeli 18-19 year olds with an opportunity for Jewish study, volunteering, skill-building, and personal development before they enter their national service.
The programs, which encourage a unique mix of self-reliance and communal responsibility, give the high school graduates a framework in which to develop latent leadership abilities. Participants live, work, and study together in small groups with inspiring role models.
There are various clusters of Jewish Agency Mechinot: Derech Eretz, for young people from Israel's social and geographic periphery; the Alma program for young women from the peripheries; and Kol Ami, which includes both Israelis and students from abroad, so they can strengthen the ties between Israeli and young global Jewry; and Aharai! B'ir , which follows similar curricula but is unique in that it is urban-based.