THIS COLLEGE BUSINESS PROGRAM CONNECTS STUDENTS TO ISRAELI MENTORS

July 16, 2022

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College students are rarely exposed to Israel outside of hearing political or divisive narratives about the country. As such, they are quick to draw negative conclusions without ever interacting with Israelis. Adam Shapiro wanted to change that. During his sophomore year at Cornell University, he founded Start-Up Nation Mentorship (SUNM) – a mentorship program that pairs non-Jewish college students with Israeli mentors, allowing young people around the world to form long-lasting positive relationships with Israelis.

START-UP NATION MENTORSHIP GROWING ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

January 15, 2020

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Start-Up Nation Mentorship Founder Adam Shapiro joined i24 News to discuss the progress made by Start-Up Nation Mentorship since its inception two years ago. The program is the product of the 2018 Campus Pitch Competition, an initiative supported by the WJC together with the Israeli consulate, that encourages students to propose a creative new project to change the dialogue about Israel on college campuses.

המנטורים

June 14, 2019

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תכנית "סטארט אפ" מנטורס מחברת סטודנטים, ברוב המקרים שאינם יהודים, באוניברסיטאות עילית אמריקאיות עם מדריכים מקצועיים ממוצא ישראלי בכל התחומים. מנחים וחניכים מתבקשים לקיים שתי שיחות ועידה בוידאו או בטלפון, מין שיעור הדרכה של 30 דקות במהלך סמסטר אקדמי, על מנת לאפשר למורה לספק ייעוץ מקצועי ומידע חיוני לסטודנטיםץ כמו כן, הם מספקים, דרך כך לסטודנטים את החשיפה הראשונה שלהם לאזרח ישראלי מחוץ להקשר והקונפליקט הפוליטי .

ONE STUDENT'S VENTURE TO TRANSFORM ISRAEL ON CAMPUS

February 19, 2019

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Shapiro decided to take action by launching a program to redefine the narrative about Israel on campuses around the world by connecting top non-Jewish student leaders with Israeli executives for mentorship in any field. Having students with hardly any prior knowledge about Israel develop a real, lasting relationship with an Israeli helps to break cultural boundaries and allows students to gain a better understanding of Israel.

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM CONNECTS STUDENTS WITH ISRAELI MENTORS

June 28, 2018

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Co-founder and President of the program, Adam Shapiro, said the project was inspired by his experiences on campus. He noticed his non-Jewish peers only discussed Israel within political confines regarding the Israeli-Arab conflict, and knew little about Israeli life and culture. "I wanted students to learn about the Israeli innovations and technology that I am fascinated by, but that no one was hearing about," explained Shapiro.