Shifra Hanon Pathfinders Department

Mission:  The Shifra Hanon Pathfinders Department cultivates experiences inside and outside of the classroom to help students explore who they are, nurture their interests, and develop professional skills. 

There are 4 main goals of the Pathfinders Program:


  1. Self-Discovery: Before each student can figure out their own unique life-path, they must first learn about themselves. Upon graduating YOFHS, each student should be able to answer the following questions: “What do I like?” “What am I good at?” “What sorts of tasks and activities do I gravitate toward?” “Why do I prefer and/or excel at these sorts of tasks?” 
  2.  Extracurricular Involvement: YOFHS has one of the most extensive extracurricular programs and the students who take advantage of these programs can flourish exponentially. Extracurricular activities aid in self-discovery and allow students to work collectively, take on leadership roles, and build social relationships. The Pathfinders program is committed to engaging students in extracurriculars, especially those who may not be as inclined to do so on their own.
  3. Career Exploration: Once students have an understanding of their own interests and strengths, it is important to educate them on the wide variety of careers and fields that exist to enlighten them on the many potential paths that they can pursue.

  4. Professional Skills: In addition to a stellar academic education, YOFHS students should graduate with the necessary skills to succeed in the world beyond high school such as workplace professionalism, hard technical skills, communication skills, resume and interview skills, etc. 

The personal support of our College Guidance team helps turn each student's path into reality. College Guidance partners with students in all aspects of the college process, including college selection, the application, and finally, college choice. By providing individualized attention to students and their families, we strive to connect each student with the college that best fits his or her needs, talents and dreams.

For more information or if you would like to take part in our curated speaker series, offer a summer internship, or participate in our Pathfinders program in any capacity please email us at: [email protected].

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