Recognizing the need to assist discharged lone immigrant soldiers who have no support network in Israel, Atidim established its innovative TAKEOFF program. TAKEOFF provides highly motivated lone immigrant soldiers with wide-ranging support from the time they are released from the army to college education to satisfying career paths and permanent job placement.
TAKEOFF ensures a soft-landing into civilian life and a direct path to higher education and a career in high tech or industry. Upon acceptance to college in the engineering or sciences, TAKEOFF provides these former lone soldiers, now lone students, with a four-year tuition scholarship, a critical monthly living stipend, tutoring, guidance, empowerment activities and a laptop computer. This helps them to stand on their feet, adjust to demanding college life and focus on their studies, rather than struggle for their day-to-day existence. The 80 TAKEOFF students must maintain a minimum annual GPA of 80 to continue in the program. The TAKEOFF coordinator is in constant contact with the students to make sure that they have everything they need, and to assist them in dealing with any challenges that arise.
In their sophomore year, TAKEOFF students get on track to a rewarding career path in their chosen field. They intern at a leading high tech, industry or defense company where they get invaluable professional experience. The company embraces these young people and matches them with an employee whose family becomes their “adoptive” family. Upon graduation from college, TAKEOFF students enter the professional arena as company employees with a bright future.
TAKEOFF is a program that ensures that lone immigrant students are able to build their futures in Israel. When idealism turns to reality, TAKEOFF is there to provide these brave young people with the support they need to become part of Israel’s vital nation building.
The Parasol Foundation
The Parasol Foundation is sponsoring 13 young women from the program, 3 have already graduated and are working as engineers.
The Parasol Foundation Trust is a philanthropic trust established in 2004 in Gibraltar and is overseen by its principal benefactress, Ruth Parasol.
For over 10 years the Trust has been giving to communities in Gibraltar, UK, Israel, India and the United States. To date, the Trust has committed over £20,000,000 on various educational, health, culture and heritage initiatives.
Ruth Parasol says: “Our time, success and fortune are borrowed. You can never give or appreciate enough, but every effort helps. Here, at The Parasol Foundation Trust, we enable change by supporting talented individuals and core centers of health and education, in order to create a better future for the next generation. Through education, cutting-edge technologies, advanced medical treatments and culture preservation, we hope to contribute to a better and brighter future.”
Ruth is considered to be one of the world’s wealthiest self-made women today. Following the immense, international success of her online gaming company and its IPO on the London Stock exchange in 2005, Ruth sold her remaining interests and dedicates her time to raising her children, philanthropy and to overseeing her international private investment office.