The Ethiopian National Project (ENP) unites global Jewry, the Government of Israel and the Ethiopian-Israeli community in its mission to advance the integration of Ethiopian-Israelis into Israeli society.
ENP is a partnership between the Jewish Federations of North America, the Government of Israel, representatives of Ethiopian Jewish community organizations, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Israel (JDC-Israel) and Keren Hayesod-UIA. ENP works in true partnership with the Ethiopian-Israeli community, involving them at local and national levels at every stage of the creation, implementation and evaluation of ENP programs.
After an extensive review of the needs and programs available for the Ethiopian community and a broad process of consultation, ENP decided to focus its efforts on youth ages 13 – 18. In 2004, ENP launched a major multi-year effort in order to provide quality opportunities for Ethiopian youth. ENP's programs includes after school scholastic assistance, neighborhood outreach centers for youth-at-risk and workshops designed to empower parents and community leadership.
The Ethiopian National Project strives to provide social and educational opportunities to help Ethiopian-Israeli teenagers realize their full potential. ENP programs take a "big picture" view of the cultural, social and emotional challenges faced by Ethiopian-Israeli teens that constrain their advancement. Today, the Ethiopian National Project operates in 23 communities across Israel, serving approximately 3,413 youth in its scholastic assistance programs and almost 1,900 youth in 14 outreach centers.
Two key initiatives are at the heart of ENP's work:
- SPACE (School Performance and Community Empowerment) Scholastic Assistance (5,815 students): A holistic program providing supplementary hours of educational support to improve student achievements in core subjects, increase motivation to learn and improve self-confidence.
- Youth Outreach Centers (14 centers): Ethiopian-Israeli teens have a second home at the outreach centers, which offer a range of extra-curricular activities, one-on-one emotional support as well as leadership opportunities.
For more on current programs and past initiatives go to: Programs.