Yozma is a new program track of Nativ dedicated to young adults with cognitive and social challenges. The program aims to further the development of life and leadership skills essential in leading independent, meaningful Jewish lives and successfully transitioning to a college program. Yozma is an inclusive track, fully integrated into every part of Nativ life alongside the other Nativ participants.
Yozma begins with a fall semester during which students study at Hebrew University, intermixed with leadership training opportunities and trips. The second part of the year involves volunteer work, learning and teaching, and community living. A variety of programming options are available for evenings, Shabbat, and winter and Pesach breaks.
Yozma focuses on the individual, and not on a specific diagnosis, in order to address the cognitive and social challenges faced by each young adult.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- 18-21 years old
- High school graduate
- Able to monitor medication
- Possess a basic knowledge of Judaism/religious observance
Yozma cannot accept (at this time) young adults with physical disabilities, those who need help with basic daily life skills or those who cannot take their own medication.
Yozma participants will have several options available to them. Depending on the academic level of each participant, a modified class load is flexible. Studying at Hebrew University will give the participants an introduction to college-level study and the support to make a successful transition to a college program after Nativ. In order to ensure Yozma participants are fully engaged in their courses, Yozma staff will be in constant contact with the academic counselor from Hebrew University as well as relevant professors. Throughout the semester, our staff can assist as needed with assignments and coursework depending on the level of independence of each individual. Initially staff can be available to orient the participant to the campus and accompany them to and from classes. Click here for more information about the Hebrew University courses.
Social/Communication Skills Training
Yozma provides an inclusive, secure, and structured environment where participants can work regularly with the staff on life skills such as social communication, self-advocacy, organization, independent living, and school/study. Staff will communicate regularly with parents to discuss participants’ progress.
Approximately one out of every three Shabbatot is “free” which means that there is no organized programming. The Yozma staff will always be available at Beit Nativ for the participants to have the option of staying at Beit Nativ. The staff will also assist in arranging for the Yozma participants to spend Shabbat with family or friends or to be hosted by families in Jerusalem and around Israel.
The entire Nativ program has a vacation after the 1st semester at the beginning of January. During this two-week vacation, Yozma participants will have the option to either travel back to the US (price not included) or have their families come to Israel.
Seminars and tiyulim (hiking trips)
Seminars and tiyulim will take place together with the overall Nativ program. Click here for more information about Nativ seminars and tiyulim.
Yozma participants spend the second (spring) semester volunteering in either a youth village or development town with the entire Nativ program. Click here for more information about Nativ spring semester volunteering.