We operate a sequence of educational programs in order to train a cross-tribal network of leaders.
The Desert Stars School provides a stellar educational so that Bedouin boys and girls can shine as students and budding leaders. Students complete rigorous studies in small classes led by instructors who teach and exhibit leadership, active citizenship, and peaceful coexistence.
Rawafed (Arabic for tributaries) complements the school's formal curriculum with an ambitious array of extracurriculars otherwise unavailable to Bedouin youth. Through the program, Desert Stars high school students participate in technology and entrepreneurial clubs, arts, sports, weekly volunteer placements, and training in leadership and life skills. The students also travel to meet diverse Israeli communities and discover Israeli sites and history first-hand.
Rawafed Empowerment Center
Desert Stars Leadership High School
The Incubator prepares talented young Bedouin for leadership roles, higher education, and quality employment. The Incubator opens with months of leadership training for 12th grade candidates followed by a year-long boarding program for the candidates with the most drive and leadership potential.
Incubator program focuses:
Outdoor leadership training
Career and academic readiness
Coexistence and identity
The Network embodies our mission: Desert Stars alumni innovating together to benefit their community and society. Today's Network is a dynamic, expanding platform which will eventually include more than 2,000 members. Every year, new alumni cohorts join while older alumni contribute their growing leadership and professional experience. Network members initiate community projects, mentor and support one another, and utilize Network opportunities that include leadership training, internship placements, private tutoring, and more. The Network is the realization phase in our leadership sequence—the phase when talented young Bedouin become Negev leaders.
Desert Stars Network
Incubator for Leadership
ראידאת (בעברית: "פורצות דרך") – העצמה נשית ומנהיגות
Raidat Leadership Program for Women is a yearlong gap-year program for high school graduates. Raidat prepares talented young Bedouin women for ambitious careers, entrepreneurial initiatives and future leadership roles.