Last week, the first round of a unique student training project came to a conclusion. The project was created to promote civic interest in young Israelis and encourage those who want to pursue political careers. During the past year, hundreds of youths from all over Israel participated in “The Ambassadors’ Project”. Spearheaded by The Citizens’ Empowerment Center in Israel (CECI), the project arranged for senior businessmen to visit high school civic classes and lecture on how government instability affects daily life. Students participated in special quizzes on issues, such as democracy, and created projects on their own. The project’s highlight was the selection of 5 student winners who, along with a teacher, will fly to the United States for 1 week during the upcoming Sukkot holidays, to visit government officials and learn about American democracy.
The first stop on the students’ U.S. tour will be Washington D.C., where they will have a series of meetings with U.S. government officials at Capitol Hill. They will end their trip in Los Angeles, where they will meet with California politicians and various local officials.
Executive Director of CECI, Yuval Lipkin, stated: The project reveals that Israeli youths possess considerable knowledge about civics. It also demonstrates that in Israeli high schools, there is a lot of talent to develop for future leadership. The United States trip was designed to give students an additional point of view on democracy, to increase their overall civic knowledge, and to reward students for their hard work during the year.
On Sunday, September 26, 2010, these winning students will be acknowledged at a high-caliber gala hosted by The American Friends of The Citizen’s Empowerment Center in Israel. In attendance will be prominent community leaders, members of the entertainment industry, and U.S. officials.
Michael Strauss, Founder and CEO of Strauss Group, lecturing at Ort Gutman High School in Netanya with the 11th and 12th grade students.