After well over a decade, we can say that Yad Ezra V’Shulamit has become one of the largest Jewish charity organizations in Israel. This was of course made possible by our generous donors who continued to donate to this righteous cause no matter the case. However, even though we are recognized in various countries around the world, many people (including some of our regular donors) do not fully understand Yad Ezra V’Shulamit in its entirety. What do we mean? Allow us to explain.
If you are a new or regular donor, chances are you know that we are an organization that helps feed Israel’s hungry children and families If we were to ask our donors to elaborate on that, they would likely say that we help “families and children” in times of need. By now, you have probably seen many Yad Ezra V’Shulamit placements asking to help babies, small children or parents in need. Perhaps you have even come across a flyer offline that asks you to help sponsor a wedding. While this is all true, there is one sector of people under our care that receive less exposure than everyone else: teens at risk.
Did you know that we also help over 3,000 teens at risk (aged 14-22)? We operate 37 youth clubs across Israel. From the far north to the southern Negev area, we offer an alternative to the streets for many of Israel’s at risk teens. Much like our Children’s Center, these youth clubs help these teens stay in school and get an education they so desperately need. We provide tutoring, meeting with teachers and parents to facilitate better communication (and better support), various constructive activities, counseling, and even vocational training.
While feeding babies and children are an integral part of our organization, these babies have their whole lives ahead of them. These teens at risk, however, require immediate assistance due to their age. They are either about to enter the army or the workforce. If not, they will (statistically speaking) end up on the streets within the next year. Needless to say, this poses a serious imminent threat to the community on a whole.
Luckily, we have the help of our donors who have made these youth clubs possible to operate. By the time these high school drop outs, former felons or general teens at risk turn 18 years of age, 85% of them show readiness to either join the work force or advance in the ladder of Israeli society and register as soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces.
Our goal? To get them off the streets, off of drugs and crime and into a normative life style and become a contributing member of Israeli society. Please consider donating to help better the life of a teen at risk.