Rosh Hashana 2018
A Community of Student Ambassadors in the Geographic and Social Periphery

Zefat College is located on the outskirts of the city of Zefat. The city has a population of 36,000, 40% of whom belong to different streams of the ultra-Orthodox sector. According to the Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics, the city is in cluster 2 of the socio-economic index, which places it at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder. The average wage in Zefat is about two-thirds of the wage in the center of Israel, and about 35% of the families living in the city are registered with the National Insurance Institute.

Hundreds of students live in the city, including students from the city itself. The College, which has been an integral part of the city for as long as it exists, bears the banner of contributing to the community and to society in all its fields of activity, including physical, academic, cultural and social infrastructures.

Zefat Academic College is characterized by its uniqueness both in the composition of the students studying there and in the physical aspect, which emphasizes its being a continuous part of the city and does not differ from it in a defined campus.

According to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics, the socioeconomic profile of students at Zefat College is the lowest among the public colleges. The College serves the residents of the Galilee and provides higher education to the population in the geographic and social periphery of the State of Israel.

The location of the College and its distribution in the city center naturally brings about a fruitful partnership with the community, the municipal leadership, the residents of the city, including all of the cultural sectors. As part of the community's social perception of the College, it operates within the framework of the Center for Social Involvement, which encourages community involvement in campus and community life. In our view, this involvement contributes to the interaction with the city.

In its various activities, the College empowers the local residents and upgrade social and environmental resources; it locates strengths and turns weaknesses into opportunities. The various programs that operate within the framework of the College are cross-sectoral and age-sensitive. The programs are carefully selected with the full participation of community members, taking into consideration the needs of the community, listening to the community's feelings and identifying growth engines that will make an impact in the long run.

Creating a group of students, who live and work in the city, and form a social involvement community, will constitute a significant driving force for leading change processes in a variety of areas in the city and contribute to the social and civic awareness of its students.

We aim to build a young and diverse community whose members are socially aware and involved in many areas of life that aspire to preserve the Galilee character and create a social atmosphere that promotes local culture while leveraging the quality human capital of the city.

The community will serve as an example for young people from the city (and the next generation) to acquire an academic profession and choose social activism by taking responsibility for their lives and understanding that they can influence their actions on their quality. Members of the community will integrate local social initiatives, initiate and lead projects, and form a community of life.

We believe that the joint social activities both for the community and for the city, the tours in the Galilee, the acquaintance with inspiring people, the institutions and organizations working for the city, the experience and the connections that will be established between the members of the group will connect them to one community. Motivation for "girls and daughters" to advance and advance which they choose to continue their activities and community life that have developed beyond the period of study. All these will contribute significantly to their choice to settle in the city for the long term and continue to influence its prosperity.

The program is in line with the College's vision and activities. This program is likely to strengthen and add to the activities of the College in the short- and long-run. We see the program of building young student communities as a key lever for strengthening the city and the college in many areas in the present and in the future.

The program will operate on three levels:

1. Development and operation of social initiatives - initiation, establishment and operation of student activities.

2. Communal cohesion - as a process of cohesion, building a community, strengthening the sense of belonging and mutual responsibility - with an emphasis on the Galilee in general and Zefat's surrounding in particular.

3. Creating partnerships - meeting the students with elements from within the community and at the interface with the workers in the city and for building and building joint working relations (municipality, youth center, associations & organizations).