About our Program
Bartali Youth in Movement offers annual cycling programs to community centers, and to those living in youth villages around Israel. The programs are designed in accordance with each framework’s unique educational or therapeutic mission.
These programs teach cycling skills, promote motivation and self-discipline and create a strong sense of team work and social cohesiveness. As part of the program, participants train to participate in multi-day cycling activities and take part in challenge events, both of which require a long-term commitment. Program participants are encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle and build a positive body image.
Building on these programs, we have created the Bartali Youth Leadership School, a multi-year program for young athletes. The youth, who come from around the country and from different social backgrounds, speak different languages. They are brought together to live under the same roof as part of our goal of bridging social gaps. The students live at the school full time, following a first of its kind curriculum, combining intensive cycling training and leadership studies. Using methods of experiential learning, the students learn powerful tools for multicultural pluralism, respect, understanding, and non-violent conflict resolution. Through volunteer activities at the School and in the community, the school nurtures the idea of giving back and driving change as a way of life for these students.
We believe that by acting as models for excellence and instilling a passion for cycling in our program participants, we are laying the groundwork for these adolescents to create a personal vision for themselves, expanding their sense of responsibility and capability, and aiding them in developing resilience, perseverance and determination.
Bartal Youth in Movement works with youth from across Israeli society and celebrates their diversity, encourages acceptance and fosters collaboration.