Youth Futures has been assisting children and families at-risk since 2006, and now is operating in 36 towns and cities throughout Israel’s underserved social and geographic periphery. Youth Futures employs a unique holistic approach, with specially-trained “Mentors” serving as significant adults in the lives of the child and their parents served over a three-year period. The Mentors accompany the families through a process of positive change. Mentors constitute the prime intervention tool and are the key factor for the success of the process. Youth Futures Mentors empower the children, families, schools, and entire community. Youth Futures operates across different sectors in Israeli society, with the aim of providing the children and their families the security, tools, and equal opportunity to realize their individual potentials.
Developing personal capabilities from a young age makes breaking the cycle of risk possible, and enables the transition of the children and their families from a state of dependence to independence. This, together with improving the accessibility to social services, the creation of a supportive educational environment, and the overall encouragement of the families leads to the reduction of the educational and social gaps in Israeli society and fortifies resilience.
Youth Futures is an Israeli Public Benefit company, and a subsidiary of The Jewish Agency for Israel. Youth Futures is funded by The Jewish Agency for Israel, Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), the United Jewish Appeal, Keren Hayesod (United Israel Appeal), the Israeli Ministry of Education, Israeli municipalities and local authorities, and individual donors from Israel and around the world.