January 2, 2009 / 6 Tevet 2009
Organizing Activities for Children in the South
Volunteers conduct activities for immigrant children in Ashdod
Organized activities for children at the absorption center brings smiles to their faces.
Children who recently made aliyah from Georgia, France, the United States, Azerbaijan and South America cannot go to school in Ashdod and are restricted to the shelter in Beit Canada Absorption Center in Ashdod. To help relieve the stress, the Jewish Agency recruited National Service volunteers and military teachers who joined the staff at the absorption center. Every day they conduct fun, educational activities for the children and their parents, bringing a smile to their faces.
Training for Youth Futures Trustees
Counselors learn how to help children cope with trauma and stress
Youth Futures Trustees participate in special workshops to learn how to help the children overcome daily stress and fear.
Dozens of Trustees, counselors at the Youth Futures program who accompany and support children at risk, participated in a special workshop on Thursday to learn how to help the children overcome daily stress and fear. The Trustees came from Sderot, the Gaza perimeter, Netivot, Ofakim, Kiryat Gat and Be'er Sheva. The Trustees, the children and their families are now dealing with daily missile attacks and suffer anxiety and stress due to the escalation in the security situation.
Youth Futures, operating successfully in 32 locations in Israel, aims to bridge the growing socio-economic gap by helping 6,000 at-risk children and youth reach their full potential.
Each Trustee serves as a personal mentor for 15 children, accompanying them for several years. Together with the welfare and education departments, the Trustee develops a personal plan for each child, to enable his/her educational and social advancement.