The Youth Futures program in Beit Shean City and Regional Council has a strong partnership with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, the Jewish Agency and the local municipalities. The joint Advisory Committee is very involved in everything regarding the planning and implementation of Youth Futures in the region.
The Youth Futures Program in Beit Shean and the Beit Shean Valley Regional Council addresses the needs of 200 children ages 6-13. Of these children there are 20 new immigrants from the Former Soviet Union and 10 from Ethiopia.
There are 15 Trustees working in Beit Shean who live in the local area. 4 are from the Ma'ale Gilboa community and divide their time between studying in the Yeshiva and educational tasks; their goal being to integrate into the community with educational roles. The rest of the Trustees are local young people who have returned to their hometown after completing degrees in the center of Israel.
The Trustees meet formally with each child weekly on both an individual basis and on a group basis at the schools. One of our Trustees has initiated a "wish letter" project in her own group of children. Each child writes her a letter with one wish, and the Trustee makes it come true on that child's birthday.
The Mayor and the Heads of the Education and Welfare Departments are extremely supportive and work together well. They have marketed the program in Beit Shean and have opened any doors needed ensuring complete cooperation of their departments.