Desmond G: Definitely consider taking a year off from school. You will have time to recharge, preview adult life, discover new passions, and decide which interests you would like to pursue for the rest of your life.
Tamir E-B: Before embarking on another four years of education, I wanted to make sure I brought back to the forefront of my life those things that make me, me. In Tivnu, I did.
Amanda T: Tivnu showed me not only that I was capable, but that I could enjoy my independence by exploring everything Portland has to offer.
Emma N: I might say “tikun olam,” but I can barely fix a broken toilet, much less the world! With Tivnu, I’ll be equipped with the tools to build life skills in myself in order to build lasting change in Portland.
Ben L: Tivnu gave me a more profound love and understanding of Judaism that shaped me to this day.
Brandi L: When searching for which gap year to do, Tivnu seemed like the perfect fit for me. I don’t have to be scared to be who I am. Tivnu accepts everything and everyone.
Ben L: By taking a break from school, I was able to learn how to take care of myself, so when I got back to school, I was able to focus on learning in my first year.
Emma G: Learn how to build important things! (I fixed the shingles on my new apartment the other day!!)
Aliza S: Living in a communal home with participants -- who quickly became friends -- taught me how to advocate for myself, communicate better with those around me, and make almost anything (including the dishes!) fun.
Leci G: Tivnu gives you an opportunity to meet and live with people from California to New Jersey and everywhere in between. It’s a great way to learn about people from other places.
Bella S: I am excited to use my brain in a new way. I’m eager to devote myself to problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, and teamwork through my social justice internships, communal living, and new friendships.
Maddie D: Change in people, change in environment, change in routine. My mind and body were craving unconventional learning and exploring.
Hannah J: All throughout high school I found myself so busy with academics and extracurriculars that I didn’t have any time to explore new things and try out new interests, doing a gap year, especially with this program, gives me that opportunity.
Hannah S: Although the traditional classroom is great in many ways, I think there is so much value in non-traditional-learning settings, and in applying that learning directly to social justice work.
Avery K-F: I needed to find a community that where social justice and mutual support were both important values. I am so grateful that Tivnu is giving me real, hands-on experience with this complex balancing act.
Ben L: It gave me such a deep love of social justice that I am continuing it to this day and plan to for the rest of my life. Tivnu has opened doors for me to jobs that I could not have gotten without it.