The program partners with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit for the Youth Futures program in Nazareth Ilit, and addresses the needs of 178 children ages 6-13 and 50 youth ages 14-18. The Partnership Director for this region is Ziva Ochayon-Recht and the Program Coordinator is Yonit Siboni-Meir.
11 local Trustees have been recruited, all of whom have experience working with children, including serving as big/brothers or sisters to children whose parents are in prison or working with the children of battered women.
There are 178 children ages 6-13 enrolled in the program of which 17 are new immigrants from the FSU, 5 are new immigrants from Ethiopia and 4 are from Columbia or the Dominican Republic. These new immigrants have absorption difficulties and difficulty in connecting with their environment.
Trustees have a personal meeting with each child once a week, as well as group activities. Approximately once a month, the there are parties or other events for all of the children in the program.
There are 50 teenagers enrolled in the high school search and rescue program to which Youth Futures contributes ¼ of the costs, and additional costs are covered by the other Israeli partners involved in the program. This program has two parts: A tutoring program with marathons for matriculation exams; a first aid and firefighting course.
The Deputy-Mayor, the Head of the Education Department and representatives from other municipal departments sit on the Advisory Committee and the program enjoys the full cooperation of the municipality. The teaching staff and school guidance counselors are particularly helpful in facilitating communication with the parents and give advice, and a YF building is being built to include room for after school programming for children.