Darca Fellowship for Young Leaders
Darca is constantly striving to find ways to provide unique opportunities for the students that expand beyond the classroom and guarantee preparation for life after high school. One of these initiatives is the Darca Fellowship for Young Leadership (DFYL).
This program was launched as an esteemed leadership program for the most promising young talents in Darca’s schools. Candidates are selected based on careful evaluation of academic grades, volunteer work and individual interviews and commit to the program for their 10th grade academic year. Each year the opportunity is presented to every student but after careful consideration, only 25 are selected, making this program an honor to those students who get to participate.
The program brings the students together for seminars, trips and activities. They practice interpersonal skills, relationship building and conflict resolution among one another and share tips and best practices for overcoming many shared challenges.
The program is a unique opportunity and Darca sees it as a part of its ongoing mission to provide the students with the necessary tools and skills to be influential leaders planting the seeds of a positive change in their community and in Israel.
READ CAMILLE’S DFYL STORY
“I wanted to share with you what it means to be a Darca student, in my eyes.
I could have told you about the teachers who fight for each student; about the labs in the school, or about the unique programs we have. And this would all be true. But I wish to share with you, what, for me, is the most significant experience I’ve had as a Darca student.
About a year ago I was chosen to take part in Darca fellows youth leadership program. Through this amazing program, I have met friends from all over the country – we are a group of students from all of Darca’s schools- traveled, and taken part in workshops with incredible mentors and teachers. Darca’s mentors taught me the kinds of real life skills that help me in everyday life, and I am now able to bring them back to my school and take on leadership positions within my community.
Darca for me is true empowerment. I see myself and my friends in a different light. I see myself as a leader, as someone who wants to succeed, and is willing to do what it takes to achieve and to succeed. And this is what I plan to do!
In the beginning of the year I wasn’t sure if I have what it takes, but now I know that I can be a leader, and I plan to take a major leadership role in my youth movement. It was also during this last year that I decided to postpone my military service and my academic studies in a year in order to do community work. I had the privilege to be part of such a meaningful project, and I plan to use the skills and tools I’ve learnt in Darca to make my school and my community and my country – a better place.”