Updated Mar 23, 2019

Sky (Shamayim) - Groundbreaking Youth Entrepreneurship

https://www.amutatsamaim.com/shamayim

Sivan Avitan

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We bridge social gaps and inequality in Israeli society by developing a sense of self-efficacy among at risk teens and special needs education through social entrepreneurship.

We work inside the schools, as part of the weekly schedual. Each group has 2 counselors (university students) , with them they learn about entrepreneurship and community. We use the Design Thinking model and lead the group to build a community project. Through their success they develop self-efficacy, social awareness and life skills. The stages: "Market" Research – The teens learn to map t...
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We work inside the schools, as part of the weekly schedual. Each group has 2 counselors (university students) , with them they learn about entrepreneurship and community. We use the Design Thinking model and lead the group to build a community project. Through their success they develop self-efficacy, social awareness and life skills. The stages: "Market" Research – The teens learn to map the "market" (their neighbourhoods and communities) and to locate local demands and needs. Product and Creation – Product planning and building. A project will be chosen and planned according to founding and activity stages and responsibility and roles will be assigned. An initial model for the project will be created. At the end of this stage the group will construct a work-plan and will prepare a presentation for the next stage. ​Projects Committee – Comprised of the organization's management as well as outside consultants. Each group will present to the committee its presentation. The presentation includs the work-plan to achieve these goals and objectives (including income and expense, costs and revenues). The projects committee decides which projects to invest in and how much. ​Execution – the teens raise resources, find partners and community forces that can aid them, and will realize and execute their project. ​Stabilization and Continuity – (May-June) in this stage we will turn the project from a one-time production to a sustainable, operational and continuous venture. ​
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Stage 5: Scaling

We are currently working only in Jerusalem, and plan to scale to more cities.
Registered in Israelin Israel

Focus Areas:

Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Leadership Development and 4 MoreSEE ALL

Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Leadership Development, Non-formal Education (OOS/ALP), Youth, Disability and Teacher Development and TrainingSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Israel

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Country Implemented In
200
Customers
1
Employee
$1,000,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

There are over 400,000 at risk and special education teens in Israel (in both the Jewish and Arabic sector) who grow up with a weakened sense of self-efficacy. These teens often experience failure that causes them to get involved in high-risk behaviors such as violence, crime or alcohol and drug use. This is often due to their inability to envision a different future for themselves, and because they feel unable to break the boundaries of their life's situation.

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Solution

Our model is based on Design Thinking, an innovative approach that promotes creative thinking, teamwork, and student responsibility for learning. With this combination we constructed a 3 year program that enables us to empower the teens, build their self efficacy and connect them to their community. By helping them to build a stronger community we create more involved resident and caring citizens - a meaningful and long lasting impact both for the teens and for the community.

Target Beneficiaries

We provides an empowerment program for our target audience: special education and at risk teens. We benefit the commnities since our teens create social projects to help and improve their communities. They get the chance to lead a social change in their surroundings and become active leaders. We also benefit teachers - we work with the teacher in class and train them in entrepreneurship tools.

Mission and Vision

Our vision is to bridge social gaps in the Israeli society by developing a sense of self-efficacy among at risk teens, special needs teens and special education teens through social entrepreneurship. Our organization empowers and promotes leadership skills in the Jewish and Arab sectors through social entrepreneurship. Our program teaches teens to initiate and execute a community project in Jerusalem encouraging them to be engaged, caring and contributing members of their society.

Competitive Advantage

1. We work with the Arab sector and the Jewish sector and promot inclusion. 2. We address an age group that is crucial - ages 12-15 are a critical phase in building self efficacy in you, this is when perception of oneself is formed and this is why we chose this age group. 3. We address a unique target population - there are no social entrepreneurship program for special education teens. Most programs are given to advanced classes who are already given many opportunities that special education teens don’t get. By helping them to build a stronger community we create more involved resident and caring citizens - a very meaningful and long lasting impact both for the teens and for the community. 3. We teach social entrepreneurship - We don't just develop the teens abilities, we also help them develop their community. 4. We work with the school teachers and train them to teach entrepreneurship.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Scaling to new cities and eventually new countries.
Funding Goal50,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted250,000

The Team Behind the Innovation

Moriah Ben Ami, Founder - Moriah holds a BA in International Relations and Education from the Hebrew University. Eldad Postan, Founder - Eldad holds a BA in Philosophy, Economics and Political Science from the Hebrew University. Eldad is currently the Business Development Manager at OurCrowd Venture Capital. Sivan Avitan, CEO - Sivan was born in Ashdod and has a BA in Politics and Management and an MA in Public Administration and Policy from Ben Gurion University.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Oct 2015
In The News
Feb 2013
New Country Implemented In
Israel
Oct 2012
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Supporting Materials

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