Studies never came easy to Yaniv Moradov. From his first difficult year as a seventh grader at Boys Town Jerusalem, he struggled to keep up with the class. Yet with self-motivation so colossal that it nearly took his breath away, Yaniv reached precedent-breaking achievements at the school.  He has now been handpicked by the IDF for one its most challenging programs.

“When I first started studying at BTJ, this school was bigger than me in every sense of the word,” Yaniv recalled. “I’m not a genius or even exceptionally smart, but my teachers helped me to believe in myself. From that point on, I was motivated to excel.”  

By tenth grade, Yaniv became one of the few students to take a double major in both computer programming and computer networking. By night in his dormitory room, he studied straight through to the next morning.

Following his high school graduation, Yaniv remained on campus (and in the dormitory) for an additional two years as a Software Engineering major at the school’s College of Applied Engineering (CAE). Beyond, he enrolled at the Jerusalem College of Technology to take BSc-level courses simultaneously with his CAE studies under a new agreement between the colleges. “The Jerusalem College of Technology courses were from 7:30 – 4:00 pm, and then I studied at the College of Applied Engineering from 4:40 PM till 10 pm.  Afterwards there was homework from both schools to complete,” he explains matter-of-factly.

Following Yaniv’s recent graduation from the College of Applied Engineering, he has enlisted in the IDF, where he was selected for a prestigious six-year program enabling him to continue his BSc degree studies two days a week while serving in an IDF Cyber Security unit four days a week. Once he completes his degree, Yaniv will become an IDF officer in an elite unit.

“It’s hard to believe that I was a student at Boys Town Jerusalem for eight years,” he marveled. “This school raised me and made me who I am today. I’ve gone to each of my teachers to personally thank them for changing my life.”

“Yaniv is a huge success story for BTJ,” declares Computer Networking head Shlomo Serok. “He is definitely my biggest success story in 35 years of teaching.”  For his part, Yaniv is already planning his own salute to the school. “For now, my future plans are to study education and return as an instructor at Boys Town Jerusalem.”

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