First Generation to University

The Nachshonim program is designed to enable young adults from vulnerable sectors be the first in their family to gain an academic degree in professions that offer potential for satisfactory employment and financial growth.

Nachshonim is an outgrowth of our successful Achotenu program, an academic nursing program for young adults from the Ethiopian-Israeli sector. It is based on three channels of support: academic, individual mentoring and financial assistance. These three channels provide a wrap-around support system enabling participants to benefit from personal and academic success. Students first participate in a preparatory program introducing and preparing them for university demands. This preparatory program replaces the need for the psychometric exam as the determinant factor for university acceptance. The psychometric exam is often a barrier for entry into Israel’s university system, as it is culturally biased. With many vulnerable population sectors receiving low level primary and secondary education* and scoring lower on the psychometric exams than their counterparts in the center of the country, their ability to be accepted into academic degree tracks is severely hampered.

Nachshonim overcomes these barriers, and enables its beneficiaries to break the ceiling of poverty from which they, their families and communities suffer from one generation to the next.

Nachsonim is currently accepting candidates for the prestigious School of Occupational Therapy under the auspices of the Faculty of Medicine at the Hebrew University. A three and a half year program (plus one year of the preparatory program), graduates will be easily able to integrate into the profession and pave an eminently better future.

Nachshonim is reaching out to other universities who share our vision of changing the future of Israel’s vulnerable population sectors through academic degrees and careers that offer satisfactory employment and financial stability. Together we will change Israeli society.

(* based on study from Shoresh Institute 2017.)