PERACH Tutoring and Mentoring Project
PERACH (an acronym in Hebrew for "Tutoring Project"), is the national Israeli tutoring and mentoring project, pairs up needy children from underprivileged backgrounds with university students who act as their tutors, giving the child personal attention—often sorely lacking—and serving as a role model. The personal attention that PERACH children receive from their mentors helps them realize their potential and blossom into motivated individuals.
The students receive a scholarship and /or credit points in return for their activity.
Operating with close to 30,000 students as tutors to 60,000 children annually, PERACH is the largest organization of its kind worldwide and a source of inspiration and support for similar projects around the globe.
PERACH mentees are children from a disadvantaged socio-economic background, often suffering from educational, emotional and behavioral difficulties (Approximately 20% of PERACH children are new immigrants and 25% come from the Arab sector).
We also provide mentors to children with mental and physical disabilities, children with incarcerated parents, disadvantaged high school students who need help to prepare for their matriculation exams, dyslexic or blind university students and others.
At PERACH, we believe that Personal Development, Social Inclusion and Academic Achievements are all attainable for these children.
- To enrich and improve the lives of children from underprivileged backgrounds from all sectors of society through a warm and caring relationship with a personal mentor and to narrow the gaps in Israeli society.
- To help university students meet the cost of higher education, by providing partial scholarships and/or academic credits in return for their work with needy children.
- To allow university students (the country's future leaders in every field) to experience, first-hand, some of the country's most pressing social problems, thus to enhance their leadership skills and develop values of social responsibility.
- To promote tolerance and understanding among different sectors of society, through joint activities.
18% of the students are engaged in group activities on an individual basis, while the others serve as tutors in their field of study, for various programs throughout the country.
The syllabi of these programs are prepared by professionals who provide the tutors with written materials and guidance. These programs are offered in a variety of areas such as Health and Dental Care, Science Education, Nature and Environment, Law and order, Music and many more.
In addition, PERACH operates nine science centers and close to 50 enrichment centers, located mostly on the periphery.
Developing various mentoring interventions for various ages (pre-school, middle school adolescence and student), developmental tasks (e.g. special education), and academic subjects (e.g. language, math, chemistry).
Developing various guiding and enriching tools for mentors and mentees to promote the effectiveness of mentoring.
Developing a professional face to face and virtual guiding system.
Developing an innovative computerized monitoring system.