From High Risk to High Achievement


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From High Risk to High Achievement

  1. 1. “Each child is a world unto In a recent study, 75% of the parents of Youth Futures participants said that the themselves. I want to help program had a “positive impact” on their children at risk use 100% child. In four years Youth Futures has emerged of their potential and give as a leading national program, operating them the confidence they in 32 localities with continuing demand for more locations. need to dream of a better Since its inception, Youth Aliyah has future.” -- Michal Levi, Youth Futures Trustee changed the lives of over 300,000 teenagers, and its approach to educational and social intervention has From become a model for similar programs throughout the world. Atidim is giving children living in the Negev and Galilee regions unprecedented High Risk to educational opportunities to succeed. High Achievement The Jewish Agency Find out how you can make an impact: v 212.339.6048 brings college calculus Tel: +972.2.620.2633 E-mail: e to tenth graders in the remote southern town of Dimona. The Jewish Agency is funded by The Jewish Federations of North America, Keren Hayesod, major Jewish communities and federations, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, foundations and donors from Israel and around the world.
  2. 2. With over 800,000 children in Israel living Atidim Youth Aliyah Villages below the poverty line, the Jewish Agency Pre-Atidim starts in high school and provides What began as a first home for children rescued helps level the playing field for these and 13,000 students from development towns who from Nazi Europe, today provides a warm, other youth at risk. demonstrate high scholastic potential with residential environment where over 1,000 educational reinforcement in math, science new immigrants and youth at risk receive the Youth Futures and English. Then, 550 of the best and brightest educational and emotional support they need continue with Atidim as full time degree students to flourish. The Jewish Agency’s Youth Aliyah This groundbreaking initiative matches more at Israel’s top universities. Atidim for Industry villages have expanded programs to provide six than 6,500 disadvantaged youth with some 350 and Atidim Cadets for Public Service programs years of continuous support for sixth to twelfth young adult trustees who mentor and develop provide full financial scholarships, laptop graders, allowing these children to build a more personalized plans for each child. For three years computers and tutoring, which puts them well stable and promising future. the trustees work to bridge critical educational, on their way to a career in hi-tech or in public social and extracurricular gaps facing these Average annual cost per child at one of the service. four Jewish Agency Youth Aliyah Villages: children. Youth Futures, a partnership between the Jewish Agency, Jewish communities around Average cost per student in Atidim programs: $19,000 the world, and key Israeli partners, enables youth Pre-Atidim: $1,000 at risk to reach their potential. Average cost per child in the Youth Futures Atidim for Industry: $8,500 Young Communities program: $1,875 Atidim Cadets for Public Service: $8,100 Motivated to bridge social gaps and build a more just society, idealistic Israelis are establishing vibrant Young Communities in the Negev and Net@ Galilee. Young Community residents, mostly Developed with Cisco Systems, over 1,300 high college students who have finished the army, school teenagers from low socio-economic areas encourage community leadership, volunteer as learn to design, build and maintain computer informal educators, and work with local youth at networks while working as part of a team and risk through the Jewish Agency’s Youth Futures developing leadership skills. Upon graduating program. the program, the high school student receives The average annual cost of operating one an international certification from Cisco as a Young Community: $10,000 computer network technician. Net@ opens the door to technology units in the army and Israel’s thriving hi-tech industry that otherwise would never have been accessible. The program is run in 27 localities in partnership with Tapuah, Cisco and Keren Hayesod. The cost per participant in the Net@ program: $4,400