Atidna Youth

The Need

Israeli Arab youth lack informal education frameworks, especially those that will enable them to integrate and become more involved in Israeli society.

The existing Arab youth movements are not run by Arabs; they are all affiliated with Jewish youth organizations and movements. This is one of the reasons for the low participation rate among Arab youth.

That is why the establishment of a youth movement in Arab society is a high-priority goal and a key element of the Atidna vision!

Data on Arab youth participation in youth movements in Arab society compared to Jewish society:

Atidna Youth’s Defining Values

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Arab Identity in Israeli Society

Pride in Arab Identity along with a deep and binding connection to our heritage and customs, the Arabic language, family values and respect for other religions.

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Integration

To educate and prepare our youth for active, integrated citizenship in Israeli society and its economy. Important aspects of this preparation entail learning the Hebrew language and the development of leadership and social skills.

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To eradicate violence

We will strive to eradicate the phenomenon of violence in Arab society. Tolerance, dialogue and mutual respect will underpin the movement’s entire educational process.

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Responsibility and Excellence

By promoting values of excellence and by building social confidence, we will increase our young people’s belief in their individual abilities. At the same time, we will seek to foster leadership with effective tools to promote excellence in all walks of life. This approach is designed not only for our young people’s personal benefit, but also for the benefit of all citizens of Israel. We will therefore encourage our members to take responsibility for giving and volunteering within both the Arab community and the larger Israeli society.

The Movement’s Objectives

1

To provide the movement’s members with skills that will enable them to be part of the Israeli success story.

2

To encourage members of the movement to take on social responsibility, social engagement and volunteering.

3

To provide an alternative to isolationist trends and to strive for full civic equality

Organizational Structure

  • To establish 10 branches in Arab cities and communities within one year.
  • Each branch will have 200-250 members, for a total of about 2,000 members within one year.
  • Each branch will consist of five age groups, with counselors for each age group coming from the age group above.
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Younger group

2 groups of students from 4th-6th grade with teen counselors

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Teen group

2 groups of students from 7th-10th grade with teen counselors

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Older group

A group of students from the 11th-12th grade

Each branch has a graduate coordinator and mentor who are future employees.

Types of Activities and Principles

  • Meetings and activities between Arabs and Jews who share Atidna’s vision.
  • Atidna operates a Movement Training Center that develops educational content for branch activities.
  • Activities include volunteering and service for the community, education for social solidarity, equality and hope, successful integration, love of homeland, connection to the people and the country; all while aligning with Arab society’s priorities.
  • Current educational activities related to current events and as defined from time to time by the Atidna Movement.
  • Training seminars for counselors, through the Movement Training Center
  • Children and Youth Parliament – each branch will hold a Children and Youth Parliament with representatives from all the age groups (4th- 6th and 7th- 10th grades) in order to maintain democratic institutions – the youth movement will hold devise an election mechanism to elect the delegates to the parliament.
  • Summer camp and outdoor activities
  • Unique Atidna educational initiatives within Arab local authorities

Weekly Sample Branch Schedule

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Wednesday
Thursday
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Saturday
Young Layer 4th-6th Grade
4th grade educational activity
In-School Activities
4th-grade Educational Activity
In-School Activities
Adolescent Layer 7th-10th Grade
In-School Activities
10th-grade Educational Activity
In-School Activities
7th-grade Educational Activity
8th-10th grade Educational Activity
Volunteer in the community
Mature Layer 11th-12th Grade
Atidna Parliament
Atidna Parliament
Volunteer in the community

Attorney Ayman Aburiya

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.

Erez Eshel

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.

Ali Zachalka

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.

Yifat Sela

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 Jabur

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 Abu Alhiga

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.

Amit Deri

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. Dalia Fadila

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 Badrian

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.