Lior

Israeli Delegation, 2002
Seeds of Peace Fellow, 2015

IMPACT: SOCIAL

Connecting and training student mentors.

How has Seeds of Peace had an impact on you?

Camp made me realize that waiting for a solution is not going to bring one: solutions are made by people, for people. I decided to be proactive and lead the change I want to see in the world, especially in the areas of education and social justice.

Ten years later, after attending Camp in 2002 and 2004 and the New York Media Conference in 2003, I returned to Maine as an educator as part of the 2011 and 2012 adult educator Camp sessions, where I reconnected with Seeds of Peace and meet new extraordinary individuals.

How are you impacting your community?

I’m the founder and Executive Director of Ore to Excellence, a leading non-profit organization that promotes excellence and volunteerism as core values in the lives of young people from Israel’s social and geographic fringes. We operate on a multi-tiered approach, offering personalized trainings for teen mentors, weekly mentoring sessions, group activities, and monthly mega-events. To date, Ore to Excellence has fundamentally changed the lives of over 2,000 children and teens with more than 150,000 hours of volunteering.

I’m also working to fulfill my life-long dream of founding a new school with a unique educational model in which students and teachers share the responsibility for the school’s climate. At the core of the school’s identity are elements I brought with me from Seeds of Peace, including built-in reflection time, non-violent communication, and the use of sports and expressive arts as a means of communication and collaboration.

EDUCATION

• Haifa University, Middle Eastern Studies and Computer Science (2006)
• Tel Aviv University, Social Justice, Human Rights and Environmental Law (2012)
• Tel Aviv University, Public Policy

WORK

• General Manager, Ore to Excellence non-profit
• Freelance group facilitation, organizational consulting and leadership development

Awards

• Minister of Welfare Award (2007)
• Prime Minister’s Award for founding and developing Ore to Excellence (2008)
• Seal of Excellence, Minister of Education (2010)

“I decided to be proactive and lead the change I want to see in the world, especially in the areas of education and social justice.”