Two years ago, Human in Love (HIL), a Non Profit Organization from South Korea, together with the help and guidance of Dr. Batia Sheffy and Ms. Nava Mayer, reached out to the Netanya Foundation to begin a pilot project for promoting and developing leadership amongst sixth grade boys in Shazar Elementary School, Netanya.
The project combined sports with emotional empowerment activities, through which they promoted higher self-esteem and gave the boys a sense of success that would lead to other achievements in school and in their personal lives. We aimed for this group of youths to become role models for the younger boys in school, becoming sort of "ambassadors" – leaders - in school, their community and neighborhood. This age group was targeted due to the fact that it is a significant transitional period: their final year in elementary school and beginning of secondary school, as well as their approach towards Bar-Mitzvah age when according to Jewish tradition they become men.
Due to the great success of the project, together with all the partners it was decided to continue and expand the program to include 5th graders as well. This year the group meets twice a week: once for training to prepare them for the Netanya Beach Run and once for empowerment and emotional developmental activities. We wish them luck in all their activities!