Amitai, the sixth boy in his family to attend Boys Town Jerusalem, had always struggled to find his focus. “I would skip class, I wouldn’t study and I was thinking of dropping out.”.
As part of the Boys Town Jerusalem curriculum, all pupils are required to do some volunteering and last year Amitai volunteered for the police force where he found his calling.
Working with the police through programme has given him a positive focus in his life and tremendous confidence and Amitai spends most of his spare time there. Students only need to complete 30 hours of volunteer service per year, Amitai racked up over 300!
“It’s been incredibly rewarding,” he says. “I was once part of security during a festive ceremony where a synagogue received a new Torah. The streets were packed with cars and people. Right next to me I saw two little kids run into the street. I grabbed them and pulled them to the side just as a car was driving by.”
The motivation he found through volunteering has transferred to his studies. “I realized that I wanted to do something meaningful with my life and I wasn’t going to get anywhere without an education,” he says.
Amitai is now a top student and he gives credit to Rabbi Meir Linchner, Dean of Students for giving him the belief an confidence to succeed. “Rabbi Meir noticed my attitude towards school and brought me to his class one day. He sparked something in me that made me want to learn. He showed me how to believe in myself. Now, I’m getting A’s on all of my exams and I really feel like I’m going to succeed in life.”
While Amitai devotes more time to studying he still volunteers with the police two to three times a week.
Thanks to the generosity of our generous donors, Boys Town Jerusalem is able to give students like Amitai the support and tools he needs to succeed.