The Ofakim Community Center and the Youth Council in the city are operating jointly with a new outlook in the field of youth activities which sets the needs of the young person as the central focus. An array of varied programs were put together adapted to the needs of the young people in the city, offering quality educational and social alternatives for leisure time.
The Community Center and the Youth Council operate youth centers in the various neighborhoods in which a variety of values-oriented social programs, sports and activity groups for students in Grades 7-12 are held.
The young people are organized into social groups by professional counselors, students and volunteers who seek to impart to the young people in the city goals and values relating to independent leadership, helping one's fellow-man, service to the nation, connection with the Diaspora and love of the land.
For many of these young people, the youth centers are the only ray of light during this stormy and sensitive period of their lives, introducing them to positive stimuli and enriching experiences with their peers people in a warm and appreciative framework, in which they can always find a ready listener.
Additionally, the Youth Council implements, in conjunction with the local authority, the Ofakim Community Center and Partnership 2000, a wide variety of unique programs for young people intended to foster interest in various aspects of creativity, culture and art.
Thanks to this collaborative effort extensive community activity became possible this year, which included: a volunteer event at the senior citizens center in which about 150 young people took part, sending Mishlochei Manot on Purim to patients at Beersheva's Soroka Hospital, organization of social get-togethers, outings, and parties - such as a young people's Purim party at which the young people enjoyed productions by groups which specialize in music (a band and a disk jockey), art and media.
In addition, as part of a Youth Council coordinated event, a youth day was held in April this year, at which Ofakim residents were invited to enjoy a performance by the leading Israeli rock groups "Machina" and "HaDag Nachash."
In July this year, the Ofakim Community Center Square was the site of youth activities in Ofakim, which included local and national projects on various topics on the agenda of Israeli society. Examples include the initiative to hold a youth prayer rally - a prayer rally in which young people participated from both sides of the political spectrum, right and left, religious and secular, for one common goal, and that was the return of the kidnapped soldiers Gilad Shalit, Eldad Regev and Ohad Goldwasser.
Thanks to the aid from Partnership 2000, it was possible to implement some Community Center and local authority programs this year and to motivate, together with the Youth Council, a young and dynamic leadership which seeks, along with the other parties, to encourage young people to enjoy cultural activity, to initiate, to guide and to aspire to excellence in every area in which they engage.