Yuvi Tashome-Katz is a social entrepreneur and activist, with twenty years’ experience in community work and counseling. She has worked as a youth club coordinator; as principal of the Israel Society for the Protection of Nature’s Sorek Field School; and as a developer of young leadership training programs for youth at risk. In 2005 she was among the founders of the NGO “Friends by Nature”, which works to create “garinim” (community action groups) of both Ethiopian and non-Ethiopian Israeli members, in order to empower the local Ethiopian-Israeli community as well as other communities. For eight years she has directed the first of these garinim, operating in the town of Gedera. She is currently continuing her work in Gedera as a council member, as a volunteer for the garin, and as a facilitator of workshops on a range of issues, including identity, organic agriculture, parenting, and the narrative of Ethiopian-Israelis. Her bachelor’s degree studies, at Bar-Ilan University’s Ashkelon campus, focused on Land of Israel studies and education. In recognition of her social activities, Yuvi was chosen to light one of the ceremonial torches on the 2011 Independence Day celebrations. Later that year she was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Initiatives and Innovation and the Matanel Prize for Groundbreaking Leadership.
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