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a second chance for youth at risk

The rise in the number of youth-at-risk is one of Israel’s most serious social problems. Tens of thousands of children have been removed from their homes because they are in imminent danger. Educational Youth Villages are saving children at risk, providing them with a normative, residential environment where they can receive the appropriate care in order to heal and flourish.

what are educational youth villages?

Educational youth villages are residential frameworks operated by the Jewish Agency that provide a remedial education to severely disadvantaged youth ages 12-18 in a warm, supportive atmosphere. They are a "last resort" before the youngsters are sent to juvenile delinquency facilities. During their stay they receive a full high school education, four meals a day, psychological and medical treatment and a great deal of love and care. Youth Villages employ a multi-pronged approach to the academic and social rehabilitation of children at risk, which includes:

  • A remedial junior high school program to close educational gaps and to help mainstream children into normative high school frameworks
  • Individually tailored interventions and intensive tutoring
  • Therapeutic and psychological counselling
  • Extra-curricular activities that maximise and reinforce positive behavioural models, such as sports, art and animal care
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Today, new immigrants from the FSU and Ethiopia account for more than 50% of the student population at Youth Villages, while Israeli-born youngsters whose social integration has been unsuccessful account for the other half.

Nearly 90% of Youth Village graduates attend regular high schools and 85% are accepted into the IDF. Youth Villages also work closely with students’ families and community support systems, with the aim of integrating the students back into their home communities. Youth Villages are ensuring that thousands of marginalised youth receive the support they need to ultimately take their place in Israeli society.

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