Over a third of young people in Arab society (ages 18-24) are defined as idle – not working or studying. This is a concerning statistic with many implications for the future of Arab youth.
Matspen-Tech – a new program for which AJEEC has partnered with the Ministry of Labor, in cooperation with the Tamar Association, Mona – Space for Change and local communities, was established with the aim to provide tools, training and occupational guidance to those young people who are unemployed, to allow for their integration into the workforce.
The reasons for the large volume of young people from Arab society who are not studying or employed are diverse – tending to be related to low Hebrew language proficiency, a lack of a sense of long-term objectives, a sense of alienation, a lack of money to finance studies, vast geographic distance from academic and employment opportunities in the absence of sufficient transportation infrastructure, a lack of occupational direction, and more.
Within the Matspen-Tech program, participants will develop personal and occupational skills, and acquire professional skills required for the job market. As a result, their sense of self-sufficiency will grow and strengthen, as well as their degree of involvement in the community.
The program will operate in the following localities: Rahat, Be’er Sheva, Kuseife, and Kfar Kassem, with expansions to be made to additional localities throughout over the next year). The program will operate five days a week for eight hours a day over the course of the year throughout which participants will receive a monthly stipend.