ZE.ZE social business

We are young. We are creative. We are a community. ZE.ZE transforms young people in Israel into change-makers, facilitating sustainable social change through passion, skill and meaningful connections.

Location: Tel Aviv , Israel
Year founded: 2011

Description

Who are we? Our community, which makes up the heart of ZE.ZE, is comprised of talented young Israelis in their 20s and 30s, who come together from a variety of different fields in order to take part in meaningful, innovative and social-oriented change-making in Israeli society. ZE.ZE enables members of the community to lead and participate in various projects, thereby adding to their own professional and personal growth while simultaneously contributing to society. Our community is based out of Tel Aviv, but is currently expanding to more Israeli cities; with a pilot in Beer Sheva, we’re duplicating the model to test our scalability and sustainability elsewhere in Israel.

Social Impact: All of our projects stem from specific needs for social change; we approach each need in an innovative, creative way. In addition, becoming part of our community is a very meaningful and transformational step for the community members, especially since most of them have never been engaged in a social activity before ZE.ZE. We see the values of giving back to the community and taking an active role in making the community better and more inclusive as basic Jewish values that are inherent part in the values of our organization.

Business Model: Each project has its own model which aims to guarantee financial sustainability. We believe in creating the incomes from the social activity itself. The revenue from all projects are pulled back to the organization and are invested in setting up additional social initiatives for the community to (re)immerse themselves into.

ZE.ZE's History: ZE.ZE was born out of the living room of Daniel and Jehonathan Winkler’s family home in 2011. Addressing the need to help underfunded centres for elderly citizens in Jaffa, they came up with a plan: they would use those very centres to host parties at night for young people from all around Tel Aviv and Jaffa. With the profits made, they would launch a program of therapeutic and social activities for the centres’ residents. These activities ranged from Yoga to art classes, to belly dancing and more! Narkis Alon later joined the team as Co-Founder, aiding the Winklers in transforming the project into an organization with an ambitious and exciting vision. Not long after, Tana Wahrhaft joined the team as CEO, and ZE.ZE has been expanding ever since as a social business, with Yael Zelnik as the current CEO. With over 50 young people in the ZE.ZE community, 32 social beneficiaries and thousands of customers attending our events and purchasing our products and services, we're constantly growing and creating new, meaningful projects!

Our website - http://www.ze-ze.org/

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(JUST SOME OF) OUR PROJECTS

  • ZOT.ZOT is ZE.ZE's social design and printing studio, in collaboration with the Israeli Prisoners Rehabilitation Authority. The studio was established with the goal of empowering formerly incarcerated women and bringing about change in their lives through occupational rehabilitation. ZOT.ZOT provides professional training and aspires to foster a sense of accomplishment, success, and personal fulfillment to its workers.The main value of this project is to bring these women back to the society and help them through their rehabilitation process. The studio specializes in working with large firms and organizations, printing promotional products and merchandise for events and conferences, as well as selling unique merchandise with designs by our in-house artists. Our website - http://www.zotzot.co.il/

  • The Street Philharmonic is a social enterprise born out of ZE.ZE, bringing together a group of street musicians into a unique musical ensemble. Musicians who joined the Street Philharmonic, many of whom faced professional challenges as newcomers to Israel, now have the opportunity to work with other talented musicians and get proper and stable pay for their work. At the same time, the project highlights the beauty and diversity of Israeli art and culture. The Street Philharmonic has performed with many guest stars and leading figures in the Israeli music scene, including Berry Sakharof, Ehud Banai, Danny Sanderson, and Carolina. Most of the performers' incomes come from performing in various events including conferences and weddings. Watch a video of the band here and our website- http://www.streetphilharmonic.com/
  • People Who Don't Usually Lecture is a TED-style event with a one-of-a-kind format fashined by ZE.ZE; we provide a platform for unconventional speakers to share their fascinating stories to an audience of 2,000+ attendees. The project aspires to expand the spectrum of perspectives that are usually heard in the public sphere, while generating true listening with the underlying belief that a good story has the potential to break prejudice and promote social change. The event gives an alternative platform to people and stories that one might not come across within existing storytelling models. These human stories – from across the social and economic spectrum – are told by voices yet-to-be heard (think: A window cleaner, lottery winner, wedding photographer...) and provide the audience with an unusual and unconventional perspective. A Director provided by ZE.ZE works with the speakers on storytelling and public speaking skills. Within the 7 minutes assigned to each speaker, they tell a unique story and convey their own social message. This year we hosted the event for the third time at Hangar 11 in the port of Tel Aviv, with over 2,000 attendees. We are currently working on producing a People Who Don't Usually Lecture event in Be'er-Sheva, in cooperation with the local young community and also working on a global program that will train young people from Jewish communities all over the world to produce these events in order to create a more inclusive Jewish community that will actually get to know each other and eventually will act by the say "ואהבת לרעך כמוך"
  • Touching Art is an art project that generates cooperation between artists and visually impaired or partially blind people. Following a fascinating year-long process of mutual work by artists, art students and partially or completely blind people from the Marshal Center in Tel Aviv, we produced an exhibition last spring (2015), presenting the product of this collaboration. The exhibition included a one-of-a-kind journey through different interactive displays from all across the art spectrum: photography, music and sound, sculpture, video art and more. Alongside the exhibition we conducted various activities for children that dealt with the concept of blindness through crafts, dance etc. The objective of this project was to both expose the public to the fact that art can be experienced through senses other than just our sight, as well as to provide a platform for partially and completely blind people to express themselves through art and take part in an empowering and socially meaningful exhibition.

  • The Social Business Forum - As part of our work we decided that it is crucial to make use of the experience and expertise we've gained over the years through leading the field of social business in Israel. In June 2015 we established the "Social Business Forum" together with our partners – MAZEH 9 (the young people unit of Tel Aviv municipality) and Socialize. The Forum's goals are to bring social businesses together in Israel, to endorse and facilitate collaborations, and to provide these businesses with the tools necessary to deal with the challenges often faced when working with state institutions.



  • IN THE MAKING...

  • Social Mark is a new ZE.ZE project, currently undergoing development. 2B Community, an impact investment fund, approached ZE.ZE to partner up in building a social project which is based on a former one in Jerusalem and currently will have a pilot in Tel Aviv; The project will help Israeli business become socially-responsible to their communities according to a pre-defined set of parameters designed by Social Mark. At the same time, Social Mark will help Israeli consumers become more socially-conscious and more aware of how they're spending their money.
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    While ZE.ZE's community members gain professional experience, networking opportunities, and a like-minded community, so do the social beneficiaries from the projects gain skills, income, and meaningful opportunities.

Community Engagement Program

About

ZE.ZE's Community Engagement Program was created in order to
facilitate and strengthen the ZE.ZE community of young people. While each
project has a Team Leader and several members allocated to it, the community
has asked for more opportunities to network, gain leadership training and
experience, and work on their skills in a social setting with like-minded
peers.

Our community is the heart and engine of the organization. The
community is the one that creates and execute our projects and make them so
successful. Becoming part of the community is a very meaningful and
transformational step for the community members, especially since most of them
have never been engaged in a social activity before ZE.ZE. Through being part
of this community, its members transform into leaders and change makers in
their communities and add more value to their own life. We are sure that
strengthening the community will affect positively on the projects and their
impact on the general community and the excluded population that we work with.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The Community Engagement Program's goal is to add more value to
the lives of young people (21-35 years old) in Israel and transform them into
social change-makers in their communities. Ultimately, we want to strengthen
and expand the ZE.ZE community in Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva (in the plan). We
plan on doing this through several measurable objectives, as outlined below.

Back to Top

Program Description

The Program requires several elements to ensure a measurable success:

  • Community Professional and Social Meetings

These meetings will be held 12 times a year and organized by the Community Engagement Facilitator. The professional meetings and social meet-ups will ensure that the community members' relationships are maintained and strengthened on a consistent basis, while encouraging continuous participation in ZE.ZE projects, and peer-to-peer support. In addition, we would like to bring speakers and workshops that are related to our activities and that the community members will show a need for. The goal is to enrich and open the minds of the community members as individuals and as social leaders.

  • Leadership and Professional Development Training

The Leadership Training course will be held twice a year. The course will complement the Community Meetings and Social Meet- ups, acting as a professional tool to encourage the creation of new projects in ZE.ZE by the members who are not currently Team Leaders, and to sharpen the management skills and emotional intelligence of those already dedicated to their ongoing projects.

  • Peer-to-Peer Coffee Dates and meet-ups

The Community Engagement Facilitator will host one-on-one “coffee dates” with each community member (approximately 60 a year) in order to connect people from the ZE.ZE community according to their interests, skills and passions with other members and allocate them to existing projects. This will allow us to form an understanding of the community's needs on a micro level, and acquire both qualitative and quantitative feedback necessary in order to improve the organization and its projects. In addition, we will have small meet-ups for 4 community members each time for a more intimate and open conversation.

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Demonstrated Need

The need for a Community Engagement Program stems from three sources:

  • Direct feedback from the ZE.ZE community
  • The necessity for leadership development for social enterprises
  • A quickly growing and excited community, but less ability to learn enough about new members (their skills, passions, etc.) in order to integrate them to the community in the best way possible.

In Israel – A Social Start-Up Nation?published in eJewish Philanthropy, Marina Leytes and Beth deBeer ask an important question: "How can Israel harness its business and innovation acumen to meet the pressing social needs?" They bring up the problem of finding a sustainable, successful intersection of business and social change. We make that question more specific: "How can young Israelis harness their business, creative and innovation acumen to meet the pressing social needs?"

We strongly believe that in order to fix this problem, we have to directly target young people with a range of creative skill-sets necessary not just to aid the social beneficiaries in groundbreaking, empowering ways, but also to create their own community of like-minded young people in-person, in real-time.

Back to Top

Program Accomplishments

Up to date, we didn't have an organized engagement program for
the community. However, we did have community meetings which focused mainly on
the projects (every month and a half with the participation of 20 members in average).
We glad to say that we have a positive track record with the ZE.ZE community,
with consistent event attendance by members and a steady incline of members
joining the community.

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

We plan to measure this program success in several ways:

- The number of participants present and active at each
meeting
. We aim to see an increasing number of participants through the
year.

- The number of community members who actively engage in the
projects
. We aim to have a specific working team for every project in which
every community member has an active role and a personal and professional
development through this role.

- The number of new initiatives that were created by the
community members
. We believe that investing in the community will influence
directly on the motivation of the community members to create and execute
various social initiatives.

- Personal and professional development (community members and social beneficiaries) - The Community Engagement

Facilitator's role, along with other duties, will be to conduct a formal evaluation of ZE.ZE through its community members and social beneficiaries.This will help us understand how ZE.ZE community members and social beneficiaries navigate the community, how they grow professionally and personally, and in what ways ZE.ZE can improve its model for the young people involved, while also empowering the social beneficiaries.

Back to Top

Community Engagement Program

About

ZE.ZE's Community Engagement Program was created in order to
facilitate and strengthen the ZE.ZE community of young people. While each
project has a Team Leader and several members allocated to it, the community
has asked for more opportunities to network, gain leadership training and
experience, and work on their skills in a social setting with like-minded
peers.

Our community is the heart and engine of the organization. The
community is the one that creates and execute our projects and make them so
successful. Becoming part of the community is a very meaningful and
transformational step for the community members, especially since most of them
have never been engaged in a social activity before ZE.ZE. Through being part
of this community, its members transform into leaders and change makers in
their communities and add more value to their own life. We are sure that
strengthening the community will affect positively on the projects and their
impact on the general community and the excluded population that we work with.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The Community Engagement Program's goal is to add more value to
the lives of young people (21-35 years old) in Israel and transform them into
social change-makers in their communities. Ultimately, we want to strengthen
and expand the ZE.ZE community in Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva (in the plan). We
plan on doing this through several measurable objectives, as outlined below.

Back to Top

Program Description

The Program requires several elements to ensure a measurable success:

  • Community Professional and Social Meetings

These meetings will be held 12 times a year and organized by the Community Engagement Facilitator. The professional meetings and social meet-ups will ensure that the community members' relationships are maintained and strengthened on a consistent basis, while encouraging continuous participation in ZE.ZE projects, and peer-to-peer support. In addition, we would like to bring speakers and workshops that are related to our activities and that the community members will show a need for. The goal is to enrich and open the minds of the community members as individuals and as social leaders.

  • Leadership and Professional Development Training

The Leadership Training course will be held twice a year. The course will complement the Community Meetings and Social Meet- ups, acting as a professional tool to encourage the creation of new projects in ZE.ZE by the members who are not currently Team Leaders, and to sharpen the management skills and emotional intelligence of those already dedicated to their ongoing projects.

  • Peer-to-Peer Coffee Dates and meet-ups

The Community Engagement Facilitator will host one-on-one “coffee dates” with each community member (approximately 60 a year) in order to connect people from the ZE.ZE community according to their interests, skills and passions with other members and allocate them to existing projects. This will allow us to form an understanding of the community's needs on a micro level, and acquire both qualitative and quantitative feedback necessary in order to improve the organization and its projects. In addition, we will have small meet-ups for 4 community members each time for a more intimate and open conversation.

Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

The need for a Community Engagement Program stems from three sources:

  • Direct feedback from the ZE.ZE community
  • The necessity for leadership development for social enterprises
  • A quickly growing and excited community, but less ability to learn enough about new members (their skills, passions, etc.) in order to integrate them to the community in the best way possible.

In Israel – A Social Start-Up Nation?published in eJewish Philanthropy, Marina Leytes and Beth deBeer ask an important question: "How can Israel harness its business and innovation acumen to meet the pressing social needs?" They bring up the problem of finding a sustainable, successful intersection of business and social change. We make that question more specific: "How can young Israelis harness their business, creative and innovation acumen to meet the pressing social needs?"

We strongly believe that in order to fix this problem, we have to directly target young people with a range of creative skill-sets necessary not just to aid the social beneficiaries in groundbreaking, empowering ways, but also to create their own community of like-minded young people in-person, in real-time.

Back to Top

Program Accomplishments

Up to date, we didn't have an organized engagement program for
the community. However, we did have community meetings which focused mainly on
the projects (every month and a half with the participation of 20 members in average).
We glad to say that we have a positive track record with the ZE.ZE community,
with consistent event attendance by members and a steady incline of members
joining the community.

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

We plan to measure this program success in several ways:

- The number of participants present and active at each
meeting
. We aim to see an increasing number of participants through the
year.

- The number of community members who actively engage in the
projects
. We aim to have a specific working team for every project in which
every community member has an active role and a personal and professional
development through this role.

- The number of new initiatives that were created by the
community members
. We believe that investing in the community will influence
directly on the motivation of the community members to create and execute
various social initiatives.

- Personal and professional development (community members and social beneficiaries) - The Community Engagement

Facilitator's role, along with other duties, will be to conduct a formal evaluation of ZE.ZE through its community members and social beneficiaries.This will help us understand how ZE.ZE community members and social beneficiaries navigate the community, how they grow professionally and personally, and in what ways ZE.ZE can improve its model for the young people involved, while also empowering the social beneficiaries.

Back to Top

Community Engagement Program

About

ZE.ZE's Community Engagement Program was created in order to facilitate and strengthen the ZE.ZE community of young people. While each project has a Team Leader and several members allocated to it, the community has asked for more opportunities to network, gain leadership training and experience, and work on their skills in a social setting with like-minded peers.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The Community Engagement Program's goal is to add more value to the lives of young people (21-35 years old) in Israel and transform them into social change-makers in their communities. Ultimately, we want to strengthen and expand the ZE.ZE community in Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva. We plan on doing this through several measurable objectives, as outlined below.

Back to Top

Program Description

The Program requires several elements to ensure a measurable success:

  • Community Professional and Social Meetings (x8)

These meetings will be held 8 times a year and organized/hosted by the Community Engagement Facilitator. Held in both Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva, the Facilitator will organize a total of 8 gatherings. The professional meetings and social meetups will ensure that the community members' relationships are maintained and strengthened on a consistent basis, while encouraging continuous participation in ZE.ZE projects, and peer-to-peer support.

  • Leadership and Professional Development Training (x2)

The Leadership Training course will be held twice: once in Tel Aviv, and, ideally, once in Beer Sheva. The course will complement the Community Meetings and Social Meetups, acting as a professional tool to encourage the creation of new projects in ZE.ZE by the members who are not currently Team Leaders, and to sharpen the management skills and emotional intelligence of those already dedicated to their ongoing projects.

  • Peer-to-Peer Coffee Dates (x75)

The Community Engagement Facilitator will host one-on-one “coffee dates” with each community member (approximately 75 each year) in order to connect people from the ZE.ZE community according to their interests, skills and passions with other members and allocate them to existing projects. This will allow us to form an understanding of the community's needs on a micro level, and acquire both qualitative and quantitative feedback necessary in order to improve the organization and its projects.

Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

The need for a Community Engagement Program stems from three sources:

  • Direct feedback from the ZE.ZE community
  • The necessity for leadership development for social enterprises
  • A quickly growing and excited community, but less ability to learn enough about new members (their skills, passions, etc.) in order to integrate them to the community in the best way possible.

In Israel – A Social Start-Up Nation? published in eJewish Philanthropy, Marina Leytes and Beth deBeer ask an important question: "How can Israel harness its business and innovation acumen to meet the pressing social needs?" They bring up the problem of finding a sustainable, successful intersection of business and social change. We make that question more specific: "How can young Israelis harness their business, creative and innovation acumen to meet the pressing social needs?"

We strongly believe that in order to fix this problem, we have to directly target young people with a range of creative skill-sets necessary not just to aid the social beneficiaries in groundbreaking, empowering ways, but also to create their own community of like-minded young people in-person, in real-time.

Back to Top

Program Accomplishments

Because the program is brand new, we do not yet have program-specific accomplishments. We do, however, have a positive track record with the ZE.ZE community, with consistent event attendance by members and a steady incline of members joining the community.

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

Although we have community gatherings and meetings, the Community Engagement Program is brand new. We plan to measure its success in several ways. The Community Engagement Facilitator's role, along with other duties, will be to conduct a formal evaluation of ZE.ZE through its community members and social beneficiaries. This will help us understand how ZE.ZE community members and social beneficiaries navigate the community, how they grow professionally and personally, and in what ways ZE.ZE can improve its model for the young people involved, while also empowering the social beneficiaries. In addition, we will also measure the success of the program by the number of participants present and active at each meeting and through an increase in engagement by members and beneficiaries in each project.

Back to Top

Community Engagement Program

About

ZE.ZE's Community Engagement Program was created in order to facilitate and strengthen the ZE.ZE community of young people. While each project has a Team Leader and several members allocated to it, the community has asked for more opportunities to network, gain leadership training and experience, and work on their skills in a social setting with like-minded peers.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The Community Engagement Program's goal is to add more value to the lives of young people (21-35 years old) in Israel and transform them into social change-makers in their communities. Ultimately, we want to strengthen and expand the ZE.ZE community in Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva. We plan on doing this through several measurable objectives, as outlined below.

Back to Top

Program Description

The Program requires several elements to ensure a measurable success:

  • Community Professional and Social Meetings (x8)

These meetings will be held 8 times a year and organized/hosted by the Community Engagement Facilitator. Held in both Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva, the Facilitator will organize a total of 8 gatherings. The professional meetings and social meetups will ensure that the community members' relationships are maintained and strengthened on a consistent basis, while encouraging continuous participation in ZE.ZE projects, and peer-to-peer support.

  • Leadership and Professional Development Training (x2)

The Leadership Training course will be held twice: once in Tel Aviv, and, ideally, once in Beer Sheva. The course will complement the Community Meetings and Social Meetups, acting as a professional tool to encourage the creation of new projects in ZE.ZE by the members who are not currently Team Leaders, and to sharpen the management skills and emotional intelligence of those already dedicated to their ongoing projects.

  • Peer-to-Peer Coffee Dates (x75)

The Community Engagement Facilitator will host one-on-one “coffee dates” with each community member (approximately 75 each year) in order to connect people from the ZE.ZE community according to their interests, skills and passions with other members and allocate them to existing projects. This will allow us to form an understanding of the community's needs on a micro level, and acquire both qualitative and quantitative feedback necessary in order to improve the organization and its projects.

Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

The need for a Community Engagement Program stems from three sources:

  • Direct feedback from the ZE.ZE community
  • The necessity for leadership development for social enterprises
  • A quickly growing and excited community, but less ability to learn enough about new members (their skills, passions, etc.) in order to integrate them to the community in the best way possible.

In Israel – A Social Start-Up Nation? published in eJewish Philanthropy, Marina Leytes and Beth deBeer ask an important question: "How can Israel harness its business and innovation acumen to meet the pressing social needs?" They bring up the problem of finding a sustainable, successful intersection of business and social change. We make that question more specific: "How can young Israelis harness their business, creative and innovation acumen to meet the pressing social needs?"

We strongly believe that in order to fix this problem, we have to directly target young people with a range of creative skill-sets necessary not just to aid the social beneficiaries in groundbreaking, empowering ways, but also to create their own community of like-minded young people in-person, in real-time.

Back to Top

Program Accomplishments

Because the program is brand new, we do not yet have program-specific accomplishments. We do, however, have a positive track record with the ZE.ZE community, with consistent event attendance by members and a steady incline of members joining the community.

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

Although we have community gatherings and meetings, the Community Engagement Program is brand new. We plan to measure its success in several ways. The Community Engagement Facilitator's role, along with other duties, will be to conduct a formal evaluation of ZE.ZE through its community members and social beneficiaries. This will help us understand how ZE.ZE community members and social beneficiaries navigate the community, how they grow professionally and personally, and in what ways ZE.ZE can improve its model for the young people involved, while also empowering the social beneficiaries. In addition, we will also measure the success of the program by the number of participants present and active at each meeting and through an increase in engagement by members and beneficiaries in each project.

Back to Top

Community Engagement Program

About

ZE.ZE's Community Engagement Program was created in order to facilitate and strengthen the ZE.ZE community of young people. While each project has a Team Leader and several members allocated to it, the community has asked for more opportunities to network, gain leadership training and experience, and work on their skills in a social setting with like-minded peers.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The Community Engagement Program's goal is to add more value to the lives of young people (21-35 years old) in Israel and transform them into social change-makers in their communities. Ultimately, we want to strengthen and expand the ZE.ZE community in Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva. We plan on doing this through several measurable objectives, as outlined below.

Back to Top

Program Description

The Program requires several elements to ensure a measurable success:

  • Community Professional and Social Meetings (x8)

These meetings will be held 8 times a year and organized/hosted by the Community Engagement Facilitator. Held in both Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva, the Facilitator will organize a total of 8 gatherings. The professional meetings and social meetups will ensure that the community members' relationships are maintained and strengthened on a consistent basis, while encouraging continuous participation in ZE.ZE projects, and peer-to-peer support.

  • Leadership and Professional Development Training (x2)

The Leadership Training course will be held twice: once in Tel Aviv, and, ideally, once in Beer Sheva. The course will complement the Community Meetings and Social Meetups, acting as a professional tool to encourage the creation of new projects in ZE.ZE by the members who are not currently Team Leaders, and to sharpen the management skills and emotional intelligence of those already dedicated to their ongoing projects.

  • Peer-to-Peer Coffee Dates (x75)

The Community Engagement Facilitator will host one-on-one “coffee dates” with each community member (approximately 75 each year) in order to connect people from the ZE.ZE community according to their interests, skills and passions with other members and allocate them to existing projects. This will allow us to form an understanding of the community's needs on a micro level, and acquire both qualitative and quantitative feedback necessary in order to improve the organization and its projects.

Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

The need for a Community Engagement Program stems from three sources:

  • Direct feedback from the ZE.ZE community
  • The necessity for leadership development for social enterprises
  • A quickly growing and excited community, but less ability to learn enough about new members (their skills, passions, etc.) in order to integrate them to the community in the best way possible.

In Israel – A Social Start-Up Nation? published in eJewish Philanthropy, Marina Leytes and Beth deBeer ask an important question: "How can Israel harness its business and innovation acumen to meet the pressing social needs?" They bring up the problem of finding a sustainable, successful intersection of business and social change. We make that question more specific: "How can young Israelis harness their business, creative and innovation acumen to meet the pressing social needs?"

We strongly believe that in order to fix this problem, we have to directly target young people with a range of creative skill-sets necessary not just to aid the social beneficiaries in groundbreaking, empowering ways, but also to create their own community of like-minded young people in-person, in real-time.

Back to Top

Program Accomplishments

Because the program is brand new, we do not yet have program-specific accomplishments. We do, however, have a positive track record with the ZE.ZE community, with consistent event attendance by members and a steady incline of members joining the community.

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

Although we have community gatherings and meetings, the Community Engagement Program is brand new. We plan to measure its success in several ways. The Community Engagement Facilitator's role, along with other duties, will be to conduct a formal evaluation of ZE.ZE through its community members and social beneficiaries. This will help us understand how ZE.ZE community members and social beneficiaries navigate the community, how they grow professionally and personally, and in what ways ZE.ZE can improve its model for the young people involved, while also empowering the social beneficiaries. In addition, we will also measure the success of the program by the number of participants present and active at each meeting and through an increase in engagement by members and beneficiaries in each project.

Back to Top

Community Engagement Program

About

ZE.ZE's Community Engagement Program was created in order to facilitate and strengthen the ZE.ZE community of young people. While each project has a Team Leader and several members allocated to it, the community has asked for more opportunities to network, gain leadership training and experience, and work on their skills in a social setting with like-minded peers.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The Community Engagement Program's goal is to add more value to the lives of young people (21-35 years old) in Israel and transform them into social change-makers in their communities. Ultimately, we want to strengthen and expand the ZE.ZE community in Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva. We plan on doing this through several measurable objectives, as outlined below.



Back to Top

Program Description

The Program requires several elements to ensure a measurable success:

  • Community Professional and Social Meetings (x8)

These meetings will be held 8 times a year and organized/hosted by the Community Engagement Facilitator. Held in both Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva, the Facilitator will organize a total of 8 gatherings. The professional meetings and social meetups will ensure that the community members' relationships are maintained and strengthened on a consistent basis, while encouraging continuous participation in ZE.ZE projects, and peer-to-peer support.


  • Leadership and Professional Development Training (x2)

The Leadership Training course will be held twice: once in Tel Aviv, and, ideally, once in Beer Sheva. The course will complement the Community Meetings and Social Meetups, acting as a professional tool to encourage the creation of new projects in ZE.ZE by the members who are not currently Team Leaders, and to sharpen the management skills and emotional intelligence of those already dedicated to their ongoing projects.


  • Peer-to-Peer Coffee Dates (x75)

The Community Engagement Facilitator will host one-on-one “coffee dates” with each community member (approximately 75 each year) in order to connect people from the ZE.ZE community according to their interests, skills and passions with other members and allocate them to existing projects. This will allow us to form an understanding of the community's needs on a micro level, and acquire both qualitative and quantitative feedback necessary in order to improve the organization and its projects.

Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

The need for a Community Engagement Program stems from three sources:

  • Direct feedback from the ZE.ZE community
  • The necessity for leadership development for social enterprises
  • A quickly growing and excited community, but less ability to learn enough about new members (their skills, passions, etc.) in order to integrate them to the community in the best way possible.

In Israel – A Social Start-Up Nation? published in eJewish Philanthropy, Marina Leytes and Beth deBeer ask an important question: "How can Israel harness its business and innovation acumen to meet the pressing social needs?" They bring up the problem of finding a sustainable, successful intersection of business and social change. We make that question more specific: "How can young Israelis harness their business, creative and innovation acumen to meet the pressing social needs?"

We strongly believe that in order to fix this problem, we have to directly target young people with a range of creative skill-sets necessary not just to aid the social beneficiaries in groundbreaking, empowering ways, but also to create their own community of like-minded young people in-person, in real-time.

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Program Accomplishments

Because the program is brand new, we do not yet have program-specific accomplishments. We do, however, have a positive track record with the ZE.ZE community, with consistent event attendance by members and a steady incline of members joining the community.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

Although we have community gatherings and meetings, the Community Engagement Program is brand new. We plan to measure its success in several ways. The Community Engagement Facilitator's role, along with other duties, will be to conduct a formal evaluation of ZE.ZE through its community members and social beneficiaries. This will help us understand how ZE.ZE community members and social beneficiaries navigate the community, how they grow professionally and personally, and in what ways ZE.ZE can improve its model for the young people involved, while also empowering the social beneficiaries. In addition, we will also measure the success of the program by the number of participants present and active at each meeting and through an increase in engagement by members and beneficiaries in each project.

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