Fort Lauderdale, FL
Postponed; new date to be announced
Join us for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and bragging rights! All proceeds benefit Thinking Science, TAU's immensely successful mentoring program inspiring a love of science and technology among Ethiopian 7th to 9th graders. Read more about Thinking Science here.
For more information, call Miriam Laing at 561.995.1147 or email email@example.com.
ABOUT THINKING SCIENCE
Yardena Fanta arrived in Israel more than 20 years ago, part of the historic "Operation Moses" airlift. She went on to become an outstanding success story — the first woman of Ethiopian descent to earn a doctoral degree in Israel, conferred on her by Tel Aviv University.
Wanting other Ethiopian youngsters to have the same access to academic excellence, she reasoned hi-tech and science would be a good entry point. Working with Tel Aviv University's Unit for Social Involvement in the Ruth and Allen Ziegler Students Services Division, she created a mentoring program called Thinking Science.
A community-based scientific enrichment program, Thinking Science targets 40 Ethiopian students from 7th and 8th grades, and matches them with six TAU graduate student mentors in their own schools. Designed to inspire the next generation of young Ethiopians to go on to higher education, this program places TAU graduate students in the heart of those Ethiopian communities most in need, including Ashdod, Lod, Ramle, and Rosh Ha'ayin.
The program has been remarkably successful: 98% of students progress to continuing education programs.
Although the situation has improved over the past two decades, the Ethiopian community continues to have special needs and face significant hurdles. The Thinking Science program is a remarkably effective way to strengthen the self-confidence of its young participants, provide them with earning skills, and raise their awareness of the importance of a high school diploma.
This mentoring program works!