AtidnaTech, the Atidna program in high-tech, is designed to help Arab young people integrate into the labor market of the Israeli high-tech industry. AtidnaTech prepares students with the appropriate backgrounds and abilities in a three-month boot camp course, in cooperation with Elevation. After the course, the graduates will receive help in setting up interviews and finding a suitable job with a commensurate salary.
We believe that integration into the Israeli high-tech industry, a source of considerable Israeli pride, can serve to successfully leverage the integration of the Arabs into Israeli society.
The State of Israel is a world leader in the high-tech industry. Although Arabs represent about 20% of Israel’s population, Arabs represent only 3% -8% of those working in Israeli high-tech companies.
“…in the case of the Arab population the situation is much more extreme: two-thirds of companies report of not having a single Arab tech employee (most of them are small companies of less than 50 employees). When they do, the average firm employs about 3% of Arab tech workers. Larger firms employ significantly more – about 8%” (Start-Up Nation Human Capital Report of the Israel Innovation Authority).
Demographic composition of the general Israeli workforce
Each student in the training program undertakes to volunteer for 120 hours in the Atidna community, which will be carried out during and immediately following the course. In this framework, they will meet with and guide young people from among Arab society who participate in the various Atidna activities.
We consider the graduates of the program to be role models for the younger generation and consequently, the graduates’ meetings with the young people contribute significantly to advancing the Atidna’s goals.
In addition, during the program, the participants will take two (one-day) enrichment seminars on the subject of Atidna and the movement’s key values in the area of civics, leadership and identity.
Through Elevation’s intensive coding bootcamp I acquired the most useful practical tools in web development. I feel that after the course I am ready for a junior development job more than ever. The salient advantage of the program is in the professionalism and close accompaniment of the teaching staff. I Highly recommend the program to any science recent graduate especially if he is inexperienced.
Ayman has a BA in law from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and has worked as a public and private sector attorney. Beginning in 2003, Ayman has owned and run a law firm in Haifa that is considered one of the leading law firms in the country in the area of land expropriation compensation. The firm represents both private and large institutional bodies such as the municipality of Haifa and the Yaffe Nof Transport & Infrastructure Company Ltd.
A social activist, Erez was among the founders of the social-leadership academies, and served as the head of the Ein Prat Leadership Academy for a decade. Erez was the Director of Social and Youth Administration in the Ministry of Education and was among the leaders of the students’ campaign to lower tuition in 1998. He currently serves as chairperson of the One Heart Organization. He also serves as a lieutenant colonel in the IDF.
Graduate of Ben Gurion University, Director of Education and Organizational Consulting at Tel Aviv University. Ali has extensive experience in the management of innovative education systems, as well as of schools in Arab society (40 years), in which he also established and managed the first democratic school in Kafr Qara. Ali is a partner to the establishment of various ventures and associations such as the Arab-Jewish Forum in Wadi Ara, the Kafr Qara Bilingual School, the Spiritual Empowerment Association in Education, the Social Educational Association for National Civil Service in Wadi Ara. In addition, Ali lectures on Arab and Jewish relations to participants in Birthright and other forums.
Holds a BA in Israel studies, and an MA in gender studies and law and is a board member of several social organizations. Yifat began her professional career at the Society for the Protection of Nature (SPNI), where she worked for close to a decade, starting as a tour guide and working her way up to director of the training division. Yifat joined Aluma in 2000, where she currently serves as CEO. Aluma encourages young people to take responsibility and join the circles of action and influence in Israeli society
Ashraf has an MA in Education Systems Management and a BA in Educational Sciences from Haifa University. In addition, he is a graduate of the program for career counselors for MA Degree holders at Tel Aviv University. Ashraf began his career as a teacher in the Jewish and Arab sectors. He was the principal of the Shfar’am Municipal High School . Since 2014, has been the director of the National Program to make higher education accessible to the Arab, Druze, Circassian and Bedouin communities. Ashraf volunteers with organizations working for co-existence between Arabs and Jews. Ashraf is one of the founders of the Joint Israeli Leadership Program, a member of the Israeli Congress at Bar Ilan University and is a member of various education committees.
Mohammed has a BA in education and history from Beit Berl College and an MA in Sociology from Haifa University. Throughout his life, Mohammed has been active in youth movements and has held various positions. He was among the first in Arab society to do a year of volunteer service in a youth movement. Muhammad has held various positions in the training and management of youth programs and as the director of the informal education department in the municipality of Tamra and deputy chairman of the Association of Youth Departments in Israel.
After 10 years of service in the IDF, Amit was discharged with the rank of major and since 2011, has been engaged in entrepreneurship, management and social-educational activities with an emphasis on youth and teens. Amit studied civil engineering at the Technion and has a BA in political science from Haifa University.
Dr. Fadila (PhD in English Literature) is the founder of Q Schools: Education, Consultation & Development, an institution for the promotion of quality education in Israeli Arab society. She is an international speaker on the subjects of minority women, identity and education.
In 2013-2018, Dr. Fadila was president of the Baqa al-Garbiyyeh College for Science and Engineering, boosting the small technological institute into a leading academic and professional college that trains engineers in the Arab community in Israel.
In 2000-2011, Dr. Fadila, was the Academic Director of Al Qasemi Teacher Training College. As a member of the college leadership, she helped develop it from a religious seminary into an academic institution.
Vicki has an MA degree in public policy and internal auditing. She has worked in the public sector for the past twenty years in a wide variety of roles. In the past year, Vicki ran for election as mayor of Katzrin. As the daughter of an Ethiopian immigrant who has served the community throughout her career, Vicki’s work over the years has likewise been devoted to the community in Katzrin. She worked as a spokesperson for the Katzrin municipality, and in addition was in charge of integrating new immigrants and residents, forging relationships with government offices and developing programs in the city.