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a web of getting to know one another, open- ness, and trust, to ... Jaffa, Holon, and, of course, Bat Yam! ... Itailives in. Yaffo, studies computer science at the Aca-.
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TheEqualizer June 2017

MAGAZINE

Table of Contents 2) Stories from the Field 4) Volunteer of the Week 6) Nice to Meet

Picture of the Month

Many local municipalities are proud to host The Equalizer’s regional tournaments during the year. Some even prepare special banners to welcome outof-towners. Two examples are from Tamra and Katzrin, which hosted our Western and Upper Galilee regions respectively. These are the banners that were at the entrance of the towns.

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Stories from the Field As part of our ongoing partnership with Hapoel Jerusalem’s basketball club, our young participants and staff were invited to the playoffs where the winning team advanced to the semi-finals! In the Omriya School's team in Tira, the tutors - sisters from Taibeh, Wasman Haya and Maha Gabali - ran a wonderful activity. Each participant asked his friend a personal question and then threw a ball of yarn to that friend, while holding on to the yarn. The activity resulted in a web of getting to know one another, openness, and trust, to improve their abilities as a team going forward!

The 7th-8th grade team in Sderot's Mekif Middle School program volunteered as referees for our Western Region's final tournament of the year for elementary schools.

In picture: Opening Tournament Invitation

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The Equalizer - Education on Top

Stories from the Field A pilot program was run this year in the AMIT Kennedy High School in Acco, with Dr. Ziva Sagie. Alongside the football practices and tournaments, the youth went through an in-depth empowerment process based on awards and positive reinforcement. Dr. Sagie shared: "The youth started to think of themselves and their friends in terms of success, and not failure. They also have begun to strengthen one another, and have created a strong bond with me in a short time."

Bat Yam hosted a tournament for the first time. The tournament was for 7th-8th graders from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Lod, Jaffa, Holon, and, of course, Bat Yam!

The Sinai School's team in Gan Yavne is run on Fridays by Sonia, a dental student at Tel Aviv University, living in Ashdod.

In picture: Opening Tournament Invitation

more Stories from the Field, follow us on Facebook Thursday, April 14th, 2016For in Afula

The Equalizer - Education on Top

Volunteer of the Week Itai Kalo. Tutors at the Ben Gurion and Gordon school's teams in Bat Yam. Itailives in Yaffo, studies computer science at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo and volunteers for The Equalizer through the Rothschild Ambassador's program. "I chose to highlight Itai," Omer Kleiman, the Center Regional Manager, told us, "because of his outstanding desire to give of himself for others. He not only helps the kids with their studies, but also helps improve their football skills." Itai said: "I really believe in the organization, in how it educates through sport. The organization addresses one of today's challenges where football comes on account of education. A really important issue, and that's why I chose to volunteer with the organization." Narkis Genut. Trains the study center volunteers; coordinates all the training for the Upper Galilee Region voluntarily through the Rothschild Ambassadors program. Narkis, in her first year studying social work, has loved seeing the tutors change throughout the year, becoming even more motivated than they were in the beginning. Their activities are run with more content and meaning than they ever expected. The counselors are amazed how ready the children were for the higher level. Narkis told us: “I see The Equalizer as an opportunity to influence a lot of children by mentoring the tutors. I really believe in the educational work of The Equalizer. The fact that we work in the schools ena