Hashomer Hatzair is the oldest surviving zionist youth movement. It’s rested upon 3 major pillars, zionism, socialism, and Judaism. Today Hashomer Hatzair operates internationally with over 7,000 members overseas from Israel, Canada, USA, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, France, Italy, etc. Hashomer Hatzair in Italy has four kenim (sections, literally “nests”): The largest division in Italy is Rome, but they also operate in Milan, Florence, and Turin. Young people who have completed their studies each year spend a period of ten months “Shnat Hachshara” in Israel and then return to help the youth movement afterwards.
Virtual after school aims to increase the number of children completing primary and secondary education in vulnerable communities (SDG4), strengthening their resilience and increasing their chances of getting out of poverty (SDG1). Virtual After School proposes to train and connect volunteers with school-age children of remote and/or at risk communities using technology platforms to support them with homework and to provide emotional support. As part of the program, the volunteers will be engaged in virtual peer meetings to be trained and to share experiences and learnings, expecting to empower them and to constitute a virtual community of young Jewish people committed to influence and lead positive changes in their communities.