The Aviators Club program is a Social-ethical leadership program for 5th-8th grade students, in which operational squadrons of the Israeli Air Force adopt schools from the periphery. The pilots together with a leader from the Ramon Foundation meet with the children over a two year period, guiding and nurturing them. This leads to improved self-image, a greater sense of capability and enhanced academic achievement. The club facilitates higher motivation and striving for excellence while contributing to the development of personal responsibility and leadership in the children.
The program is based on the award winning thesis (from the Ministry of Education) of the founder and program director - Reuven Tzemach. The air force base at Ramat David has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence for its volunteer work by the commander in chief of the Israeli Defense Force. The program is active in 19 local councils and is currently considered the highest program in demand in the Israeli educational system.
Results from the school-level program annual report
•98.9% elimination of violence among the group of students.
•Enhanced academic achievement for 100% among the group of students who all received grades above 75.
•Social adaptation for 80% from the students as they became leaders in their schools (According to a survey of graduates and an evaluation from the schools principals).
•The children voluntarily lead dozens of social projects.
Nufar Landsman —Mentor and Coordinator at the Aviators Club - 35 years old married + 2, lives in Moshav Gibton. Has 10 year experience in working with youth in risk. With a Bachelor Degree ( BA) in Psychology form the Open University , Certification in Pedagogy, Certified Team Guide , student at the MBA Program at the Peres Academy, specializing in Business Bridging.
Yaron Avraham —
Mentor at "Efraim Ben David & Ben Tzvi" school in Kiryat Gat.
39 years old, married +2. Graduated as an Industrial and management practical engineer and with a BA in Humanities and social sciences.
Worked at "warm house" for teenage girls, rehabilitation of head injury patients, assisted mental health housing, etc. Yaron joined the Aviators Club staff on 2013.
Yaron Tzertner —
Mentor at "Maanit & Ofek" school in Ramle.
35 years old, married +3. Served as a spotter at the intelligence forde. Has a BA in Economics, management and behavioral science from Ben-Gurion university, and has a certified personal trainer certificate from ICA. Yaron joined the Aviators Club staff on 2013.
(עברית) אורית אוריה סטמבלר —
Tamir Adar —Tamir is a Mentor in Tsohar’s Yuvalei Habsor School. He is 31 years old and lives in the Nir Oz Kibbutz with his wife and his son Asaf. Tamir served as a combat soldier in the Golani Brigade’s 13th battalion.
Ariel Anaki —Ariel is a Mentor in the Regavim and Nofim Schools of the Be’er Tuvia Regional Council. He is 26 and lives in Merkaz Shapira with his wife. Ariel studies equestrian therapy at the Wingate Institute. He served as a combat soldier in the IDF Commando 13 unit.
Maggie Tsriker —Maggie is a Mentor in the Mevo’im School of the Merchavim Regional Council. She is 33 and lives in Netivot with her husband and her son Yonatan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and has a great deal of experience working with children and youth.
Yael Lior —Yael is a Mentor in the Ofek School and in the Shchakim Middle School in Ramla. She is 26 and served as an instructor in the Armored Corps. Yael holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the Sapir College and is a licensed volleyball instructor from the Wingate Institute. She has over 5 years of experience in tour guiding, and has done counseling and community work with youth and children.
Ayelet Nadler —
Mentor at "Ort Alon" high school in Yokneam.
32 years old, lives in Kibutz Sarid. Served in the standing army in the Education and Youth Corps at an instructor position in 3 army bases. Has a BA in special education from the academic college Tel-Hai. Nowadays studies for a Physical education teaching degree.
Chen Shturman —
Mentor at Migdgal H'Emek and Ramat Ishai.
33 years old, married. Reserve armor officer. A mechanical practical engineer. Has a BA in psychology, economies and management from the academic college Tel-Hai. Worked in project management and managed therapeutic frames.
Yosi Herbst —
Mentor in Arad.
32 years old, merried +2. Studying for his BA in psychology from the "Open" university. He was a social counselor in Arad, managed a program for youth who broke the law in Arad and was a teacher at the "Jewish Spirit" organization.
Noa Slepter —Mentor at "Ramon" school in Mitzpe Ramon. 30 years old. Has a B. Design from Holon Institute of Technology (HIT). After a period in the world of professional design I feel the need to engage in social involvement due to a deep obligation to my society and a sincere will to make a change. Served as a Physical Training Instructor and Commander. Worked with children, youth and special needs comunities.
Maayan Krispil —Mentor at the “Herzl” elementary school’ and at the ‘“Shal-on” high school in Kiryat Gat 29 years old married + 3 lives in Kiryat Gat Certified instructor of rehabilitation through art & music, has worked with youth and family at risk. Served as a teacher in the IDF, as part of her job worked with young children at risk in Arad. She loves to play acoustic guitar and sing.
Yfat Azriel —Mentor at the Aviators Club - the "Reut" elementary school in Gedera. 43 years old, married + 3 girl, lives in Moshav Emunim near Ashdod. Certified Individuals & Couples Senior Coacher from the ICCM Collage. Student at the Family Consulting course at the Adler Institute.
Shay Aviv —Mentor at the Aviators Club - the “Mevoot” elementary school in Beer Tuvia. 37 years old married + 2, lives in Moshav Menucha. Served as an F16 Connection & Navigation Systems Technician A certified Practical Engineer in Electronics and Computers worked at INTEL Israel and moved to the USA for additional training. A Certified Personal Fitness Coacher from the TUT Program and the Winghate College. In addition, he runs a private Fitness Club.
(עברית) ניר צומבר —
Hadas Amit —Mentor at the Aviators Club, for the past year. 29 years old, lives in Haifa, With a Bachelor Degree (BA) in Art and Pedagogy, worked for 2 years as an Art Teacher and coordinated the “Sikuim” project for deprived youth in Kiryat Ata.
Omri Ben Aharon —Mentor in the Merchavim Regional Council, at the Mabuim Elementary School. 28 years old, lives in Be'er Sheva. Graduated BA in Economics and Psychology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Coordinator of a youth group in the "Acharai" social-educational organization that works to develop young leaders. Served in the Intelligence Corps.