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Meet the Summer 2021 Alumni Fellows

Durham, New Hampshire, July 8th - October 14th

This group of alumni will be traveling to FFI Headquarters as Fellows to assist with summer programming among other things. Their responsibilities include participating fully in day-to-day programs, coaching youth, being an ambassador for FFI, participating in the design and development of the FFI curriculum, meeting with community members, giving public speeches, and more! Our alumni are our greatest asset and we can't wait to finally welcome alumni back to HQ. Follow us on social media to see what this group accomplishes. Learn more about the Alumni Fellows by reading their bios below. 

Interested in meeting alumni or sponsoring an activity? Contact Amelia at amelia@ff.international.

 
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Eden '08
Middle East Program

July 22nd - August 29th

Identity: Israeli, Jewish, Socialist, Feminist, Human, Maority rights, children and youth rights, environmentalism, a world that works for everyone, peace

Interests/Hobbies: Music, Writing, History, Origami, Education, Activism, Non-violence

Personal and Professional Goals:

Develop routines that use my creativity and life force to do good in the world. Stay calm and keep it simple. Learn something new about myself and others

Bio: 

Almost 30 years old, I live in a city kibbutz in central Israel which is a community of activist educators who share their resources. Studied education and history in college and currently work part-time at a healthcare cybersecurity company and volunteer in a daycare and serve as FFI Middle East coordinator and senior alumni.

Elias '18
Middle East Program

July 20th - August 31st

Identity: Human, hype guy

Important Issues: Women's rights, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, racism

Interests/Hobbies: Music, sports, cooking, gaming

Personal and Professional Goals:

My personal goal is to have knowledge about everything I see and to become the CEO of my own company that will help to evolve the world in a different way of thinking.

Bio: My name is Elias, you can call me "Elle." I am kind of the party boy who likes to have fun all the time and I will be a good listener if you have anything to talk about.

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Dima '19
Middle East Program

July 16th - October 14th

Identity: Arab, funny, woman

Important Issues: Women's rights, Arab Palestinian rights, end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Interests/Hobbies: Eating, handcrafts, and cooking

Personal and Professional Goals:

Volunteering and traveling

Bio: People call me Dima. I just finished high school. I love hiking, handcrafts, and reading. I'm a nice and lovely woman.

Hadas '18
Middle East Program

July 8th - August 10th

Identity: Woman

Important Issues: The gap between people based on who they are: sex or religion or race or sexual orientation

Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, dancing, and learning. Expanding my knowledge in subjects such as science, politics or philosophy.

Personal and Professional Goals:

My short-term goals are to learn as much as I can and contribute to my surrounding, and to stay in touch with my friends. My long-term goals is to make a change in the world, one day I want to be a politician and the next I wish to be the CEO of the Ministry of Education or maybe work in the press.

Bio: My name is Hadas Matalon, I live in Haifa, Israel. I am 18 (almost 19) years old. I have one older sister and the cutest dog! I like reading, dancing, acting and just studying. I'm a very curious person and I enjoy sharing this with others. I volunteered in a youth movement called Diller Teen Fellows, a non-profit organization “TiME- This Is My Earth” and in Israel Fair Trade. This year I have been at the Pre-Military Program, Mechinat Rabin where I led a team of 15-20 people leading the academic content of the program.

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Hod '19
Middle East Program

July 25th - August 31st

Identity: A young Jewish Israeli woman

Important Issues: Gender inequality, equality for people with special needs, anti-Semitism

Interests/Hobbies: Leading activities in Krembo Wings- a youth movement for teens with and without special needs, volunteering, cooking, baking, painting, being with the people I care about, improving myself daily, reading, and planning how I'm going to fulfill my goals

Personal and Professional Goals:

I want to be the best person I can be everyday, travel the world, become a diplomat, lead young people(in friends forever as an alumni and more), do my year of service in Madrid in the best way possible and be the happiest and healthiest version of myself.

Bio: It's a pleasure to meet you! My name is Hod Malka, I'm 18 years old and I live in Haifa, Israel. I'm a Jewish Israeli woman and a coordinator in a youth movement for teens with and without special needs called Krembo wings. I participated in friends forever international in 2019 and then became a part of the alumni movement. Next year I'll be living in Madrid, Spain, volunteering in the Jewish community as a year of service before joining the army.

Moris '19
Middle East Program

July 16th - October 14th

Identity: Moris, the tall guy

Important Issues: Global warming, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, plastics pollution

Interests/Hobbies: Music, sports, eating

Personal and Professional Goals:

I want to be like Steve one day

Bio: I just finished school. I play guitar and oud. I love sports, hiking, and carpentry. I am planning on traveling and volunteer for as long as possible and to try to make somebody's day better.

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Natalie '18
Americas Program

July 16th - August 20th

Identity: I’m an extremely empathetic, both loud and quiet, over thinker.

Important Issues: Climate change, social justice, environmental justice, acceptance and respect

Interests/Hobbies: Golfing, painting, reading, gardening

Personal and Professional Goals:

Work on myself, continue reading every day, eat healthy and exercise, practice better sleeping habits and meditation, take a leap and do something that I wouldn’t normally do.

Bio: The bio I write for myself now is very different from the bio I would have written for myself just a little over a year ago… Right now I am torn between many different life paths, but I am going with the flow and trusting that things work out how they are meant to! I’m looking forward to a wonderful summer doing amazing things with FFI and building meaningful connections with others. :)

Tati '19
Americas Program

July 15th - August 22nd

Identity: A proud, young Lebanese woman who is fun spirited, open-minded, dedicated, and goal-oriented

Important Issues: Conflict in the Middle East, battling systemic racism, creating equity and equality for all (social, cultural, or otherwise)

Interests/Hobbies: Art, music, reading, cooking, baking, shopping, spending time with friends and family

Personal and Professional Goals:

Personally, I want to learn more about the world around me. Professionally, I hope to one day have the opportunity to work for the State Department or the United Nations, with the goal of becoming an ambassador.

Bio: 

My name is Tatiana! I was born in Massachusetts, but have lived in New Hampshire almost all my life. My family is 100% Lebanese, and I am very proud of this fact! This fall, I will be a freshman at Boston University, with a major in International Relations (Go Terriers!) I’m a lover of arts, music, and learning of all kinds. If I’m not spending time with friends and family, you may find me with my nose in a book, baking a cake, or singing my lungs out to some oldies but goldies!

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Logistical Information

Program Focus

Program Development, Community Engagement, Alumni Planning

Number of Participants

6

Number of Leaders

1 Staff Member

Ages of Students

18-30

Team Interests

Activism, leadership, volunteering

Dietary Restrictions

Vegan options needed

Allergies

N/A

Vehicle

Minivan