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1 in 4 young people in Israel are at risk of not finishing school and other normative frameworks. The situation is particularly dire among children of immigrant families from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia.
Youth Futures is a revolutionary mentoring program conducted in schools mainly on Israel's periphery for disadvantaged children aged 6-13, with 14,000+ participants in 36 communities. Qualified mentors provide specialised support to each child and family to help them bridge critical gaps and succeed academically, socially and in life overall.
Youth Futures operates through personal mentors - young adults who serve as role models and friends to the children. The mentors undergo intensive training to help further the children's development and recognise abuse and other problems. After an initial assessment of each child's home, school, and social situation, the mentor, in conjunction with professionals and the children themselves, develops an individually tailored work plan. Weekly group and individual meetings encourage positive behaviours. The program also sponsors a wide variety of enrichment activities for the entire family. The mentor serves as a liaison with the community, advising the families about informal education programs, scholarship assistance and other opportunities.
WHAT MAKES YOUTH FUTURES UNIQUE?
Youth Futures focuses on developing the strengths of each child, allowing them to develop a sense of self-worth. The mentor is responsible for the holistic welfare of the child and serves as their primary advocate, responding to needs as they arise. The program collaborates with government agencies, local organisations and businesses to maximise benefits for the children.
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