My name is Adi, and I'm 32 years old, married and mother of 2 gorgeous children.
I grew up in Hazor HaGlilit and lived there up until my military service, and my subsequent studies for my B.A. in Criminology and Communication.
During my years away from Hazor, I missed my home, because no matter where I lived I felt that Hazor is in my soul.
I want to share with you my motive for joining Youth Futures in Hazor –
Soon after the birth of my first child, I visited my father at his drugstore in town. I met at the counter an amazingly handsome young man, just 19 years old, named Sharon. He seemed weak and very thin, and just by looking at him I realized that he was a drug addict. My father kindly waved away his money when he tried to pay, but he refused to take his prescription without paying. I kept thinking about him for the next two days, wondering how could he have gotten to where he was, and how can he be helped. I found out that I thought too much, and done too little. He was found dead in his parents' house the next day.
Sharon ז"ל has been the force that drives me forward to do what I can for children in Hazor and Rosh Pina, so that they will never reach the state he was in, and Youth Futures is giving me the opportunity I've waited for . If Youth Futures had found Sharon ten years ago, he might be alive and well today.
After 8 months experience in the Youth Futures program, I can see the amazing change in my community – we've managed to connect all the departments and schools in the area to cooperate together for the first time – not a mean feat! – for the good of the children.
I am constantly contacted by parents who want their children to participate in the program, which proves to me that we've succeeded in avoiding the negative "at-risk" image such a program may have for the children and their families.
I have heard "complaints" from teacher, claiming that a formerly shy and closed child has become talkative and open, to the point of having to silence him/her in class.
This is what makes my work worth every minute.