'I remember my strong bond with my Ma'agalim mentor Orly', says 24-year-old Or from Ashkelon. '12th grade was one of the hardest years of my life. My mother was terminally ill and after her death I found myself broken and without a drop of desire to finish high school. Orly accompanied me, supported me and was there for me. Thanks to her, I was able to finish high school and start National Service. '
Or is now married and runs an independent business. She continues to receive close guidance from a Ma'agalim mentor as part of a Ma'agalim Alumni program. 'The connection with my mentor Yael is truly special - I got to know someone who advises, helps, and supports with no ulterior motive. Thanks to Yael's push, I was able to overcome my fears and enter the business world. I strive to succeed and reach the highest I can. Ma'agalim is my family. Through and through.'