The “Bogrim” Middle School Transition Project in Jerusalem is a three-year program that accompanies pre-teens during the transition from elementary school to middle school.This transitional period brings with it physiological, social and emotional changes, as well as academic challenges. Education and welfare professionals have identified this period as a dangerous one for those young teens who are unable to confront these changes. Teens struggling with these challenges drop through the cracks, unnoticed. If, and when, they are eventually noticed, the damage caused is difficult to undo.

The “Bogrim” Project, the first of its kind in the city, launched in the Spring of 2017. Developed in cooperation with the Jerusalem Municipality, the program is unique in that it is a preventative project– and not a reactive one. It prepares pre-teens for all of the demands that await them in this transitional period. It helps them apply to and take the requisite entrance exams of the middle school of their choice- as required in Jerusalem. And it accompanies them through the first two years at the vastly larger middle schools so that they will not lose their way. The project works in close cooperation with the schools and parents of the participants in order to maintain continuity and uniformity.

The “Bogrim” Project operates daily after school and during the July Summer break in three groups: one group for grade 6 and two groups for grades 7-8. The program is designed for 45 youth.

Activities at the “Bogrim” Project include:
• Customized academic enrichment through Negba’s Learning Center
• Group activities aimed at improving emotional expression, building trust in people, and developing social skills
• Volunteering in the greater community
• Leisure activities: sports, arts and crafts, culture, etc.
• Positive sexuality workshop
• Weekly private conversation with a social counselor
• Dialogues with parents

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