The Ma’ase Center Association believes that volunteering can provide a basis for improving individual socio-economic mobility and greater access to equal opportunities in a democratic civil society. The organisation promotes social change among young adults from all sectors of Israeli society – primarily from the socio-economic periphery, including: Arabs, Druze, Jews, secular, religious, new immigrants and native born.
Ma’ase programmes are designed to help participants develop and influence the society in which they live. One one programme, over 300 Israeli-Arabs (Muslim, Christian or Bedouin and Druze – primarily women) take part in a year-long volunteer programme.
Ma’ase works in 30 Arab villages, primarily in the north of Israel, offering national civilian service and private volunteer frameworks, which impact thousands of children and young adults who are touched by the programmes. Ma’ase also runs the National Programme in the Druze communities to promote leadership, volunteerism, excellence and equality of opportunity through Youth Centers in Druze villages.
They also held the “Shared Encounters” seminar in November 2014 – attended by over 600 young Ma’ase program participants – which included Jews and Arabs, Druze and Bedouin, new immigrants and native born, from the periphery and the centre, religious and secular. They got to know each other, discuss identity and the meeting of identities.
8 March 2017
The first class of an army preparatory program for members of the Bedouin community graduated this week, with its 15 members bound for enlistment better equipped to handle the challenges awaiting them, participants said.
Up until last year, Israel had 55 pre-army programs, known in Hebrew as mechinot (mechina, in the singular), geared toward Jewish Israelis and three for the Druze community, but none for the country’s Bedouin population, according to Tal Galin, the head of the new Academy for Bedouin Leadership in the Galilee.
15 June 2016
According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, less than a third of Druze women work, a similar rate to that among all Arab women – but significantly lower than the 80% labor force participation rate among Jewish women.
Most of the Druze women who do work are employed in teaching and education, with very few in other fields.
2 February 2016
Hundreds of disadvantaged Israeli teens spend a post-high-school year as community volunteers in programs operated by the Ma’ase Center. For the past seven years, Ma’ase has brought these Jewish, Arab, Bedouin, Druze and Ethiopian Israelis together at a two-day “Encounters” seminar to promote camaraderie among disparate sectors.
29 November 2015
Today, according to Malka, the main guiding principle of service year programs is that the volunteers in the periphery are young people who grew up there, and who become the moving force that leads the empowerment of their communities. “We are breaking the paradigm – we want to get to youth in the weaker groups in the periphery,” he said.
2 August 2015
"Greenhouse" groups meet as part of Ma'ase Center volunteering programmes Ma'ase Center's volunteering programmes provide young adults from the periphery of Israel with the means