The program provides talented young people who immigrated to Israel on their own with the critical support they need to pursue a college education and get on track to brighter futures.
Thousands of committed young Jews from all over the world leave family and friends to serve in the Israel Defense Forces and protect their homeland. What do these soldiers do when their army service is over and they begin to build their lives in Israel? Without family or a support network, who can they turn to?
For former lone soldiers (women and men) with the talent and motivation to major in one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) subjects, Takeoff is the answer.
Atidim’s Takeoff program ensures a direct path to college and a career in high tech or industry for these young people. Upon acceptance to engineering or science faculties, Takeoff provides vital support that includes:
- a four-year tuition scholarship
- a monthly living stipend
- academic tutoring
- a laptop computer
- educational counseling
- empowerment and leadership activities
- an internship that leads to an upwardly mobile career path.
Over four years, Takeoff gives these highly motivated students the transformative support they need to build their futures in Israel.
Takeoff serves a population of aspiring young people who have no financial or social safety net and are completely on their own. This includes:
- New immigrants who made aliyah without their parents from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela and other distressed countries, whose parents do not have the means to help them financially
- Ethiopian-Israelis from very low-income families
- Former ultra-Orthodox Israelis who have left their religious life behind and have been shunned by their families.
Please join us to ensure that these young people are given the chance to use their potential to succeed, and to contribute their talent to strengthening Israel’s high-tech, industry and innovation sectors.
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.