JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - In response to the rise in the number of children and youth at risk in Israel, The Jewish Agency for Israel established Youth Futures (YF), an unprecedented three-way partnership model involving prominent Israeli philanthropists and corporations, Jewish Federations, foundations and individual contributors from North America, and The Agency.
Youth Futures empowers disadvantaged Israeli youth from all sectors of society, providing them with an equal opportunity to develop their academic and social skills. Operated in Partnership with overseas Jewish Federations and Keren Hayesod/UIA communities, Israeli philanthropists, and with the Government of Israel, YF serves nearly 10,000 youth in 32 localities, primarily in the Negev and Galilee.
The innovative Youth Futures model is based on "Mentors" - some 300 young adult Israeli social pioneers - who work full time to build a strong relationship with children and their parents. The Mentors tailor an annual work-plan for each child, based on his/her strengths and needs. The work-plan is developed in coordination with parents, teachers, school counselors, social workers, and other professionals.
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