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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.
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.