Of all of FZY’s programmes and activities, Year Course is the most formative. FZY Year Course is a fantastic gap year programme which has a deep and long-term impact on the Jewish and Zionist identity of its participants.
On and after Year Course FZY trains its members in highly-valued transferable skills such as project management, budgeting, public speaking, teamwork, event planning and leadership. Employers respect and admire the experience of FZY bogrim, with many members using it to secure jobs in highly competitive sectors such as banking, consultancy, medicine, accountancy, law, teaching and marketing. Recruiters are extremely impressed by the amount of responsibility assumed by our bogrim, particularly considering that it is entirely voluntary. The bogrim community is an effective network through which members can find mentors in whichever kind of profession they may choose to pursue.
FZY members are encouraged to engage within the wider Jewish community and many of our bogrim can be found volunteering in high-level positions in university Jewish societies and later in the full-range of communal charities and institutions.
Year Course graduates have long gone on about what a life changing experience Year Course was. Frankly, it can be quite hard to get them to shut up about it. However, there has never been any research to support these claims, that is… until now.
New research, based on a survey of Year Course alumni over the last twenty years together with in-depth interviews, shows very clearly that Year Course has a profound and lasting impact on its participants.
Year Course also has a very considerable impact on developing its participants’ general life skills and personal development. Furthermore, the respondents to this survey showed a very high level of Jewish communal involvement and an exceptionally high level of participation in communal leadership positions.
Some key findings:
96% of married respondents had married someone Jewish
92% said Year Course strengthened their commitment to Israel
89% reported that Year Course strengthened their Jewish identity
88% were extremely or very attached to Israel
82% attended at least one Jewish community event in the previous year
74% said Year Course improved their Hebrew and Jewish knowledge
67% had held a leadership position in the Jewish community
60% donated money mostly or exclusively to Jewish charities
58% had engaged in Jewish volunteer work in the previous year
41% met their spouse through FZY or FZY connections
Going on Year Course is not just an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience, it is an investment in the future from which you will reap fantastic long-term rewards.
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