Technology as an Enabler:

Technology as an Enabler:

IsraelCountry-wide, Israel
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$250,000 - $500,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Employment and Training Initiatives for religious women in Israel as the enabler for financial security and enabling women's success.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

For many religious women in Israel employment is only a dream. With little or no technology training most opportunities are closed to them. The technology barrier furthers them from seeking employment, establishing self sufficiency and ultimately setting better standards for their daughters. This project brings a mobile computer classroom to locations and communities with no access, coupled with training to bridge the technology gap. Project Concept: Mobile Computer Classroom bringing basic and advanced computer courses to women and girls in communities that lack facilities/access and to women who wish to access employment opportunities. Our target market/recipient women consists of approximately ~40,000 underpriviledged women across Israel, with thousands joining their ranks each year.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Our solution is simple and proven. Bringing mobile computer classrooms into disadvantaged and communities that lack access, coupled with quality, cutting edge training - brings computer literacy - and with it job opportunities to these women, empowering and enabling them to become self-sufficient - and paving the way for their children as well. We also add soft skill training and job coaching to each course and the ability to move on to next level training if needed.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Using a theoretic Community A: Mobile computer classroom is set up in Community A for Sept. 2012. During the morning hours the computer classroom is used to train ~20 women with no technology background, giving them computer-age tools for initial job acquisition, such as Office tools, job search tools, resume building, etc. They are also able to practice - as they do not have other computer access. At the end of the course, Temech's train job-counselors continue to coach and assist the women with job acquisition. At the same time, during the afternoon the mobile classroom could be used to train teenage girls enabling them to leapfrog over their mothers' situation by gaining computer skills now. In the evening the classroom could be utilized further for advanced training courses (such as graphics, advanced financial tools, programming etc.) for women seeking to advance and upgrade their earning potential in the job market. The mobile classroom would then be moved to the next community to start the cycle again. Temech's complementary programs such as job-counseling, soft skill training, mentor program, work-forum, conferences etc. support the women's engagement and their path in building self, career, earning potential and community.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Temech works closely with and administered the related projects for NGO and Corporate activity in this area. Currently, key challenges (for all) is lack of funds to enable a critical mass of training for target "clients" and lack of facilities in many relevant communities, excluding them accessing current programs. The religious community in Israel is insular and resistant to change - Temech has won the unchallenged support and trust of the community and its leaders enabling the effective application of cutting edge and enabling programs successfuly.
Team

Founding Story

Temech's aha moment is tied to our work in totality and enables us to build flexible solutions for the changing and complex needs of the community. A Temech founder on a tour of Israel - and as businessman asked to see the employment center of the local (religious) community. Upon discovering that none existed and realizing the devistating implications for the community, he could not turn a blind eye. Needless to say, the simple statement from participants underscoring the difference to their lives in economic, social, familial and myriad terms continues to be the "steam" that moves our engines.
About You
Organization:
Temech
About You
First Name

Shaindy

Last Name

Babad

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Temech

Organization Country

, J

Country where this project is creating social impact

, XX, Country-wide

Age of Innovator

Over 34

Gender of Innovator

Female

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

Has the organization received awards or honors? Please tell us about them

The JDC has awared Temech various awards for projects and accomplishments

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Innovation
How long have you been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Cost.

Social Impact
What solution(s) does your initiative address to better the lives of girls and women by leveraging technology? (select all applicable)

Access to technology, Access to education/training, Access to economic opportunity.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

With a focus ONLY on the pilot application of technology training for this sector todate - we have administered ~14 courses across Israel - for a total of approximately 200 women. Over 30% of those women have been able to find employment with the skills they acquired. In addition many of the women continued on to more advanced training and many of those who were working in dead-end jobs used the skills they acquired to find better positions. Last, but certainly not least, each course generated an outpouring of requests from women in similar disadvantaged positons for access to courses, creating a ripple effect of change within the community.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

We would like to access at-least 8 communities a year - impacting at least a additional 200 women each year. Or at least 600 women over the next three years. By bringing technology to these communities we hope to generate a wider interest in technology and its use as a tool for empowerment and economic opportunity. We hope that additional communities will become interested in this project and solicit the interest of local and federal government in the project as well.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Location - finding the right spot to position the mobile classroom in each community ensuring a quality, learning-conductive atmosphere that is accessable and welcoming to the target community. We will partner with local schools, government branches and community centers to enable as well as use existing infastructure Temech has access to.
Technology phobias - Many women, especially in the over 25 group have accepted that they are "too old" to access technology and are fearful of the impact it may have on their lives and or religious restrictions. As explained, Temech has the full support and trust of community leaders enable us to build a program that addresses and overcomes these fears.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Set up and launch mobile classroom in first 3 communities

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Purchase computer classroom that meets a wide range of training needs yet is durable and portable

Task 2

Build relevant relationships with local organizations to "place" mobile classrooms for best-use

Task 3

Tailor training programs for each community to maximize impact in each location

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Bring the mobile classroom to 8 communities impacting the lives of 200 women

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Use evaluation from pilot programs to build out the best solution for an additional 5 locations, maximizing blend of services

Task 2

Work with participants to help ensure employment and advance training milestones are achievable

Task 3

Build relationships with local employers to help create a training-employment connection

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

Temech administers a projects funded by and for the National Health Insurance Institue, Centeral and local governement offices and large NGOs. In addition to offering funding security for various projects these partnerships help us raise awareness, leverage and build further partnerships to create a wider impact and sustainability.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

We are pleased to help other communities duplicate our projects and programs and help tailor them to their specific needs.
Regarding area of support we are appreciative of all collaborative help but need to remain mindful of community sensitivies.

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