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Are you a star writer? Put pen to paper in celebration of WIZO UK’s 100th anniversary and help more dreams come true

Jewish News is calling on budding writers to pen their thoughts on making the world a better place, for an exciting storytelling competition launching this week!

We have teamed up with WIZO, the Women’s International Zionist Organisation, in celebration of WIZO UK’s 100th anniversary.

The largest independent social welfare organisation in Israel, WIZO supports more than 800 projects across the country for every stage of life.

These include day care centres for children, emergency centres for babies and children at risk, 100 after-school programmes and youth villages for at-risk teenagers.

Among additional services is support for single parent families, foreign language groups for immigrants, shelters for victims of domestic violence and a retirement home.

The fundraising focus to mark this special centenary year is the £1.8 million required for the vital renovation and refurbishment of the WIZO Vocational High School, WIZO’s ‘School of Dreams’.

Located at the Rebecca Sieff Centre for the Family in Jerusalem, the WIZO Vocational High School supports teenagers in years 9 to 12, most of whom arrive with severe emotional, behavioural and psychiatric problems.

Difficulties at home including physical or sexual abuse and mental health issues have, in the majority of instances, led to these vulnerable young people falling victim to violence and drugs.

The school helps them to complete their mainstream education, as well as providing a team of psychologists, counsellors and social workers to prepare the students for life as independent and confident young adults.

WIZO helps every student to become skilled in one of three marketable trades, including music and sound production, culinary studies and hairdressing.

Students also participate in weekly enrichment activities, giving them a real sense of self-worth.

More than 80 percent of graduates go on to find gainful employment and 90 per cent are accepted into the IDF.

WIZO’s ‘School of Dreams’ helps young people to achieve their potential and realise their dreams.

Here’s how to enter

Simply write a story or poem about how you would make the world a better place, in no more than 300 words.

The competition is open to both boys and girls in two categories: primary (ages 7 to 11) and secondary (ages 11 to 18).

One winner in each category will receive a £50 book voucher, while runners-up receive a £25 book voucher, with both receiving the same prize for their schools.

Closing date: 31 October 2018

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