Going Out into the World
In terms of the young adult’s individual status, capabilities and readiness to go out into the world, the program’s goal is to enable the young adult to achieve personal, financial and social independence, or to greatly improve his skills and abilities in these areas. In the course of the last year of the program, the mentor and the young adult work on the graduation process, dealing with the various aspects of graduation, and the young adult joins either the “graduates’ group” or the “graduation group”.
Completion of the Program and Going Out into the World
Participants may take part in the program for a period of up to four years following their discharge from military/national service. The rationale behind this decision is that in the first year following the discharge, the young adult is busy with settling in, completing / correcting his high school matriculation exams, psychometric entrance tests, or the preparatory programs. And then, there are three years of academic studies (or vocational training for a shorter period of time) and then a year of entering the labor force.
In terms of the young adult’s individual status, capabilities and readiness to go out into the world, the program’s goal is to enable the young adult to achieve personal, financial and social independence, or to greatly improve his skills and abilities in these areas.
The young adult will complete his studies (or is about to finish his studies); he is able to support himself; he will have the ability to plan and live within a budget, and the ability to plan a schedule and make decisions based on priorities, he will have interpersonal communication skills and the ability to ask for help; he will be responsible and able to handle stressful situations, he will know how to utilize various services and turn to different sources of support; he will be socially connected and will become a contributing member of society.
About a year before the expected time of graduation, a program is devised together with the young adult in preparation for the graduation (preparation, preferred topics for work, etc.), and the young adult joins the “graduates’ group” or the “graduation group.” In the course of the last year of the program, the mentor and the young adult work on the graduation process, dealing with the many aspects of graduation.
To summarize the year, all those who are about to go out into the world, are invited to “Lamerhav Day” that takes place around June. all graduates plant a tree in the “Graduates Avenue”, which is located next to Lamerhav house. They take pictures with the mentors, applaud each of the graduates and simply enjoy the experience. After that, the ceremony begins. It is dedicated mostly to the graduates and to a summary of the past year. Thus, all the younger adults in the program are able to see the process that the graduates have undergone, preserve the tradition and allow them to look forward to the future with excitement and anticipation.
After the young adult goes out into the world, we stay in touch with him: he is invited to Lamerhav events (such as “Lamerhav Day”), and he is given the option of offering focused counseling and volunteering within the framework of the program. In certain cases, when a unique connection is formed between the young adult and the mentor, they keep in touch also on birthdays, events and holidays.