The NASI Project (North American Shidduch Initiative)
The NASI Project has focused their efforts solving their age gap theory that they believe is the cause for older single women in the frum community having a hard time getting married.
The number of non chassidishe orthodox young women who have been dating 5-10 years exceeds the number of non chassidishe orthodox young men who have been dating 5-10 years…
NASI started by educating the masses about the nature of Age Gap and the problem it has created. This resulted in a break of the stigma associated with boys dating slightly older girls. Many shidduchim took place with girls who where closer in age to the boys if not older.
In 2011 the project initiated a community run program providing Shadchanim monetary incentives to set boys up with girls the same age as them or older. The basic program was, if a Shadchan would get a slightly older girl to date number 1, the shadchan would receive $100. If it reached a date number 4, the Shadchan received and additional $400 (each community is responsible for funding their own program).
“The project speaks for itself. The money incentive spurred massive activity. I seriously wake up excited each morning and feel my job is recognized and valuable.” -EG
The project then moved to encouraging single women ages 22 and up to put a specified amount of money into an account managed by The NASI Project that would be paid out to the Shadchan that made her shidduch. This money would be an incentive to Shadchanim who would otherwise focus on younger girls.
The NASI Project is currently focusing its efforts on getting boys in yeshiva to enter the dating world at a younger age. This approach would force an age balance. In theory, there would then be more 19 year old boys dating the 18 and 19 year old girls, limiting the 24 year old boys to dating girls closer to their own age thus solving the age gap.
HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE:
Encourage Yeshiva boys to date girls the same age as them
Encourage Yeshiva boys to start dating younger
Contact the NASI Project for more details and ways you can contribute