Target Populations

The Board of Trustees decided to maximize the Fund's efforts by focusing on defined groups of ex-servicemen:

Lone Soldiers

Workshops preparing for the transition to civilian life that provide information, tools and knowledge on coping with this new stage; aptitude services; counseling and guidance on academic and employment options; mentoring; and assistance via scholarships and grants.

Periphery

A spectrum of workshops, courses, individualized programs, counseling and guidance; awarding scholarships to soldiers from development towns and the periphery while they are still in the final stages of their military service; providing maximum exposure to employment opportunities and academic studies; information on capitalizing on their rights; mentoring throughout their academic studies; scholarships; and workshops on career development towards the end of their studies.

Minorities

The development of a variety of services and courses adapted to the special needs of Druze, Bedouin, and Cherkassian soldiers, including: high school completion programs, matriculation exam programs, preparatory courses for psychometric exams, particularized aptitude tests, pre-academic programs within the universities, intra-factory training programs, preparatory courses for government service tests, and scholarships.

New Immigrants

Workshops, courses, individualized programs, counseling and guidance Assistance in skills training and knowledge necessary to continue on to academic studies, employment aptitude testing, professional training, preparation for higher learning, specialized programs in institutions of higher learning, scholarships.

Haredi Ex-servicemen

In the past few years Haredi men have begun to serve in special units in the IDF as well as in special National Service programs where their special needs can be met. Workshops preparing for the transition to civilian life that provide information, tools and knowledge on coping with this new stage are offered. The Fund encourages these veterans to pursue a course of studies. The establishment of guidance and counseling centers for discharged soldiers as well as Centers for Young Adults enables provision of a broad spectrum of services to this population.