Information for parents
The mechinot (pre-military leadership academies) prepare young people from all Israeli demographic groups for leadership roles in society in general and the IDF in particular.
Each of the mechinot, which are located throughout Israel, from Mayan Baruch in the north to Be’er Ora in the Arava, is a registered nonprofit association that functions according to a dormitory model.
Your child can choose to attend a coeducational secular mechina, a mixed secular and religious mechina, or an Orthodox mechina for either young men or young women.
The mechina program is a yearlong educational experience that brings together a wealth of varied content, volunteer work, community involvement, leadership training, preparation for service in the IDF, and guidance toward an adult life of achievement.
As of September 2016, there are fifty-four mechinot accredited by the relevant government ministries, including twenty-four Orthodox mechinot, which serve young people who have graduated from the National Religious school system, and thirty mechinot that serve the secular and traditional population.
Approximately 3,500 students complete mechina studies every year.
In order to attend mechina, students must register and successfully pass the screening and admissions process of the given mechina (a process described in detail elsewhere on this website).
The choice of a mechina is a personal one that must be made by your child. Only a young man or woman who wishes to attend mechina can select the program that is most suitable and feels like the best fit.
Tuition fees for the yearlong program are individually set by the different mechinot. Scholarships are available to provide financial assistance to appropriate candidates.
The mechina year will be a unique, challenging, and constructive experience for your child if he or she chooses to attend.
We invite you to join the growing group of students, alumni, families, friends, and supporters of the pre-military leadership academies—the Zionist educational project that is leading the most dramatic and captivating social revolution in contemporary Israel society.