Run for Counterpoint Israel at the Celebrate Israel Run
EVENT DATE: Jun 01, 2014
FUNDRAISER SET UP DEADLINE: Jun 01, 2014
“Since the start of school this year, I moved up an English level from Gimmel to Bet, a really significant change that shows how much the camp helped me. The learning experience made me feel more confident about speaking English as I had a lot of opportunity to speak with the amazing counselors. And… camp was so much fun!”
-Hillel, 8th Grade Camper, Dimona
The Counterpoint Israel program is a Jewish service-learning program that aims to train and empower college students to run English language summer camps in Israeli development towns for teenagers. Through these camps, Counterpoint aims to strengthen connections between Jews in Israel and the United States by facilitating meaningful relationships between Israeli teens and American university students. The college students teach English and serve as role models to the Israeli teens. The students increase their knowledge, confidence, and skills as educators, which in turn, encourages them to be involved in education, service, and communal work in the future.
This coming summer Counterpoint will operate in five towns: Dimona, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi, Ofakim, and Arad. In all of these towns the Counterpoint camp is one of the only summer programs for teens and has become an indispensable part of the towns’ educational framework. Counterpoint provides an alternative to a summer of hanging out on the street, and ensures that teens have an enriching and meaningful summer experience. Throughout the summer they both improve their English skills and explore topics that are pertinent to them, like self- confidence and health.
As the principal of the Gross School in Kiryat Gat, Moti Vaknin, put it, “ I wish the program would continue for longer! The teachers create an exciting atmosphere within the school and through unique lessons cause the students to enjoy English as opposed to being scared of it. In a few short weeks a strong culture bridge has been built between the teachers and students.”
Run for Summer Fun!!