ELEM- Youth in Distress

ELEM operates 80 programs in 43 towns throughout Israel providing a wide range of solutions to at risk Israeli youth.

Location: B'nai Brak
Year founded: 1983

Description

ELEM was founded by a group of professionals and volunteers in Israel and the United States, and was registered as an association in 1983. Since then it has developed into a nationwide organization, specializing in identifying the hardships that characterize the daily lives of youth in distress in Israel, and in developing and implementing relevant and innovative solutions in order to deal with those hardships, while keeping in mind the unique needs of different population groups

ELEM operates 80 programs in approximately 40 towns throughout Israel providing a wide range of solutions to Israeli youth across the spectrum of risk. ELEM's programs provide responses to issues of Israeli teens including normative crises of adolescence, school dropout, immigrant absorption issues, family problems, drug and alcohol use and abuse, violence, sexual exploitation, homeless youth and the prostitution of minors.

ELEM serves as an address to youth in various conditions of risk, creating a non-judgmental relationship with them and assisting them in paving their way towards reintegration into the community. Over the course of the year 2015, ELEM met with tens of thousands of adolescents, and provided continuous treatment to approximately 20 thousand youth.

Derech Hamelech Netanya

About

Derech Hamelech is a national ELEM program for teens and young adults at severe risk in the community. It is based on the cooperation and collaboration with various services in the community. Derech Hamelech reaches out to teens and young adults at risk in the community and helps them to develop skills, attain a job and begin a career path. The program enables them to ‘break the mold’ of delinquency and become healthy, functioning members of society, thanks to the mentorship of volunteer community members. Derech Hamelech participants complete the program with new skills and capabilities; a sense of self-worth, a sense of self success; and, sometimes for the first time, a positive future on the horizon. By helping delinquent teens and young adults transform themselves into educated members of society, Derech Hamelech improves not only the lives of the individual participants, but improves the social and economic reality of the Haifa community.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

One of ELEM’s central tenets is to invest in the youth of Israel in order to invest in the future of Israel. Derech Hamelech reaches out to teens and young adults at risk in the Haifa community to rehabilitate them into productive members of Israeli society. Teens and young adults referred to Derech Hamelech by their probation officers and other services have an opportunity to “start again” – as students or in a supportive job placement. They make this change in their lives with the help of professionally trained, committed mentors.

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Program Description

The direct beneficiaries of the program are approximately 35-40 detached or delinquent youth, ages 15-26, residing in Netanya or nearby communities.

For each participant a personal program/ structure is built at the beginning of the program to determine the best and most appropriate means of advancement. Following, each participant is placed in one or more of the following program tracks:

  1. Personal Mentoring: the youth/young adults will have the opportunity to meet individually with a mentor specifically matched for them. The purpose of the mentoring is to establish a significant connection in their lives with an adult that can serve as a role model. The volunteers receive their mentees with a non-judgmental approach, and spend at least two hours- usually more- each week with their mentee for a minimum of one year. The mentors stay in consistent contact with the program manager and relevant professionals to ensure their mentor relationships remain productive and supportive. The mentors prioritize the establishment of trust and respect in the relationship. With their encouragement the girls develop life skills and the capabilities many independent young adults take for granted.
  2. Employment & Life Workshops: As many of the participants lack a personal adult role model, and in preparation for the world of employment, these workshops of 6-8 sessions will allow the youth/young adults to acquire valuable employment and life skills such as developing job aspirations, CV writing, provide letters of recommendation, interview preparation, balancing between capability and expectation, taking personal responsibility, commitment, accepting authority and other skills required in the world of employment.
  3. Personal accompaniment: following the employment and life workshop, participants are integrated into places of work matched with the program, and are provided personal accompaniment and support from a program coordinator. Personal accompaniment lasts between several months and up to 2 years, according to each young woman's need.
  4. Vocational Training: the vocational track in Derech Hamelech was developed in order to provide a rehabilitative solution based on the integration of the youth/young adults in courses and training in various professional fields through a known educational institute.
    1. Group Training- the professional training course provides program participants the opportunity to acquire valuable skills in the work force and practical life skills while also learning through a theoretical and hands-on experience. The subject of the course is chosen according to participants needs to find a profession that is best suited for them.
    2. Individual Scholarships- With an individual scholarship, youth and young adults can integrate as students in professional training courses under the close supervision of a Derech Hamelech training coordinator. The goal of this track is to provide an individual and personal response to each and every young adult according to their own educational and employment desires and capabilities.

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Demonstrated Need

Thousands of youth and young adults living in Israel today are not in any formal setting whose situations deteriorate due to a lack of a supportive framework. These youngsters are generally taken care of by youth correction units, social services, youth advancement units, Elem and other organizations. The Derech Hamelech program was set up in 2005 as a way of complimenting the existing professional therapy services provided by the state. The program helps youth who have dropped out of formal settings and have in some cases broken the law, by assigning each one with a volunteer mentor and/or providing them with vocational training and/or providing them with employment in a local business. All this is with the aim of enabling the youngsters to breakout from the vicious cycle of distress, violence and criminality and to enable them to begin a process of rehabilitation allowing them to return to a normative lifestyle.

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Program Accomplishments

ELEM's national Derech Hamelech program has been operating since 2005. Currently ELEM operates Derech Hamelech programs in: Haifa, Petah Tikva, B'nei Brak, Tel Aviv, Lod, Ramle, Jerusalem, Modi'in Illit, Kiryat Gat, Be'er Sheba, and Al Kasum Regional Council.

In 2015 685 youth and young adults received assistance from the national Derech Hamelech program.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

Project success is measured by:

1. Short Term: clear reduction of aggressive and risk behavior patterns – violence, use of alcohol and drugs, vagrancy and dropping out of frameworks.

2. Long Term:Youth completing the program express a desire to integrate independently in a work place aiming for some kind of professional career. This is a population that never considered itself worthy of aspiring for a future.

To date, the Derech Hamelech Netanya program, in addition to the national Derech Hamelech proram has been a success- assisting hundreds of youth each year break the cycle of distress, violence and crime, and provide them with a collection of skills and qualifications to integrate into optimal significant employment service and education.

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Derech Hamelech Netanya

About

Derech Hamelech is a national ELEM program for teens and young adults at severe risk in the community. It is based on the cooperation and collaboration with various services in the community. Derech Hamelech reaches out to teens and young adults at risk in the community and helps them to develop skills, attain a job and begin a career path. The program enables them to ‘break the mold’ of delinquency and become healthy, functioning members of society, thanks to the mentorship of volunteer community members. Derech Hamelech participants complete the program with new skills and capabilities; a sense of self-worth, a sense of self success; and, sometimes for the first time, a positive future on the horizon. By helping delinquent teens and young adults transform themselves into educated members of society, Derech Hamelech improves not only the lives of the individual participants, but improves the social and economic reality of the Haifa community.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

One of ELEM’s central tenets is to invest in the youth of Israel in order to invest in the future of Israel. Derech Hamelech reaches out to teens and young adults at risk in the Haifa community to rehabilitate them into productive members of Israeli society. Teens and young adults referred to Derech Hamelech by their probation officers and other services have an opportunity to “start again” – as students or in a supportive job placement. They make this change in their lives with the help of professionally trained, committed mentors.

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Program Description

The direct beneficiaries of the program are approximately 35-40 detached or delinquent youth, ages 15-26, residing in Netanya or nearby communities.

For each participant a personal program/ structure is built at the beginning of the program to determine the best and most appropriate means of advancement. Following, each participant is placed in one or more of the following program tracks:

  1. Personal Mentoring: the youth/young adults will have the opportunity to meet individually with a mentor specifically matched for them. The purpose of the mentoring is to establish a significant connection in their lives with an adult that can serve as a role model. The volunteers receive their mentees with a non-judgmental approach, and spend at least two hours- usually more- each week with their mentee for a minimum of one year. The mentors stay in consistent contact with the program manager and relevant professionals to ensure their mentor relationships remain productive and supportive. The mentors prioritize the establishment of trust and respect in the relationship. With their encouragement the girls develop life skills and the capabilities many independent young adults take for granted.
  2. Employment & Life Workshops: As many of the participants lack a personal adult role model, and in preparation for the world of employment, these workshops of 6-8 sessions will allow the youth/young adults to acquire valuable employment and life skills such as developing job aspirations, CV writing, provide letters of recommendation, interview preparation, balancing between capability and expectation, taking personal responsibility, commitment, accepting authority and other skills required in the world of employment.
  3. Personal accompaniment: following the employment and life workshop, participants are integrated into places of work matched with the program, and are provided personal accompaniment and support from a program coordinator. Personal accompaniment lasts between several months and up to 2 years, according to each young woman's need.
  4. Vocational Training: the vocational track in Derech Hamelech was developed in order to provide a rehabilitative solution based on the integration of the youth/young adults in courses and training in various professional fields through a known educational institute.
    1. Group Training- the professional training course provides program participants the opportunity to acquire valuable skills in the work force and practical life skills while also learning through a theoretical and hands-on experience. The subject of the course is chosen according to participants needs to find a profession that is best suited for them.
    2. Individual Scholarships- With an individual scholarship, youth and young adults can integrate as students in professional training courses under the close supervision of a Derech Hamelech training coordinator. The goal of this track is to provide an individual and personal response to each and every young adult according to their own educational and employment desires and capabilities.

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Demonstrated Need

Thousands of youth and young adults living in Israel today are not in any formal setting whose situations deteriorate due to a lack of a supportive framework. These youngsters are generally taken care of by youth correction units, social services, youth advancement units, Elem and other organizations. The Derech Hamelech program was set up in 2005 as a way of complimenting the existing professional therapy services provided by the state. The program helps youth who have dropped out of formal settings and have in some cases broken the law, by assigning each one with a volunteer mentor and/or providing them with vocational training and/or providing them with employment in a local business. All this is with the aim of enabling the youngsters to breakout from the vicious cycle of distress, violence and criminality and to enable them to begin a process of rehabilitation allowing them to return to a normative lifestyle.

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Program Accomplishments

ELEM's national Derech Hamelech program has been operating since 2005. Currently ELEM operates Derech Hamelech programs in: Haifa, Petah Tikva, B'nei Brak, Tel Aviv, Lod, Ramle, Jerusalem, Modi'in Illit, Kiryat Gat, Be'er Sheba, and Al Kasum Regional Council.

In 2015 685 youth and young adults received assistance from the national Derech Hamelech program.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

Project success is measured by:

1. Short Term: clear reduction of aggressive and risk behavior patterns – violence, use of alcohol and drugs, vagrancy and dropping out of frameworks.

2. Long Term:Youth completing the program express a desire to integrate independently in a work place aiming for some kind of professional career. This is a population that never considered itself worthy of aspiring for a future.

To date, the Derech Hamelech Netanya program, in addition to the national Derech Hamelech proram has been a success- assisting hundreds of youth each year break the cycle of distress, violence and crime, and provide them with a collection of skills and qualifications to integrate into optimal significant employment service and education.

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Derech Hamelech Netanya

About

Derech Hamelech is a national ELEM program for teens and young adults at severe risk in the community. It is based on the cooperation and collaboration with various services in the community. Derech Hamelech reaches out to teens and young adults at risk in the community and helps them to develop skills, attain a job and begin a career path. The program enables them to ‘break the mold’ of delinquency and become healthy, functioning members of society, thanks to the mentorship of volunteer community members. Derech Hamelech participants complete the program with new skills and capabilities; a sense of self-worth, a sense of self success; and, sometimes for the first time, a positive future on the horizon. By helping delinquent teens and young adults transform themselves into educated members of society, Derech Hamelech improves not only the lives of the individual participants, but improves the social and economic reality of the Haifa community.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

One of ELEM’s central tenets is to invest in the youth of Israel in order to invest in the future of Israel. Derech Hamelech reaches out to teens and young adults at risk in the Haifa community to rehabilitate them into productive members of Israeli society. Teens and young adults referred to Derech Hamelech by their probation officers and other services have an opportunity to “start again” – as students or in a supportive job placement. They make this change in their lives with the help of professionally trained, committed mentors.

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Program Description

The direct beneficiaries of the program are approximately 35-40 detached or delinquent youth, ages 15-26, residing in Netanya or nearby communities.

For each participant a personal program/ structure is built at the beginning of the program to determine the best and most appropriate means of advancement. Following, each participant is placed in one or more of the following program tracks:

  1. Personal Mentoring: the youth/young adults will have the opportunity to meet individually with a mentor specifically matched for them. The purpose of the mentoring is to establish a significant connection in their lives with an adult that can serve as a role model. The volunteers receive their mentees with a non-judgmental approach, and spend at least two hours- usually more- each week with their mentee for a minimum of one year. The mentors stay in consistent contact with the program manager and relevant professionals to ensure their mentor relationships remain productive and supportive. The mentors prioritize the establishment of trust and respect in the relationship. With their encouragement the girls develop life skills and the capabilities many independent young adults take for granted.
  2. Employment & Life Workshops: As many of the participants lack a personal adult role model, and in preparation for the world of employment, these workshops of 6-8 sessions will allow the youth/young adults to acquire valuable employment and life skills such as developing job aspirations, CV writing, provide letters of recommendation, interview preparation, balancing between capability and expectation, taking personal responsibility, commitment, accepting authority and other skills required in the world of employment.
  3. Personal accompaniment: following the employment and life workshop, participants are integrated into places of work matched with the program, and are provided personal accompaniment and support from a program coordinator. Personal accompaniment lasts between several months and up to 2 years, according to each young woman's need.
  4. Vocational Training: the vocational track in Derech Hamelech was developed in order to provide a rehabilitative solution based on the integration of the youth/young adults in courses and training in various professional fields through a known educational institute.
    1. Group Training- the professional training course provides program participants the opportunity to acquire valuable skills in the work force and practical life skills while also learning through a theoretical and hands-on experience. The subject of the course is chosen according to participants needs to find a profession that is best suited for them.
    2. Individual Scholarships- With an individual scholarship, youth and young adults can integrate as students in professional training courses under the close supervision of a Derech Hamelech training coordinator. The goal of this track is to provide an individual and personal response to each and every young adult according to their own educational and employment desires and capabilities.

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Demonstrated Need

Thousands of youth and young adults living in Israel today are not in any formal setting whose situations deteriorate due to a lack of a supportive framework. These youngsters are generally taken care of by youth correction units, social services, youth advancement units, Elem and other organizations. The Derech Hamelech program was set up in 2005 as a way of complimenting the existing professional therapy services provided by the state. The program helps youth who have dropped out of formal settings and have in some cases broken the law, by assigning each one with a volunteer mentor and/or providing them with vocational training and/or providing them with employment in a local business. All this is with the aim of enabling the youngsters to breakout from the vicious cycle of distress, violence and criminality and to enable them to begin a process of rehabilitation allowing them to return to a normative lifestyle.

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Program Accomplishments

ELEM's national Derech Hamelech program has been operating since 2005. Currently ELEM operates Derech Hamelech programs in: Haifa, Petah Tikva, B'nei Brak, Tel Aviv, Lod, Ramle, Jerusalem, Modi'in Illit, Kiryat Gat, Be'er Sheba, and Al Kasum Regional Council.

In 2015 685 youth and young adults received assistance from the national Derech Hamelech program.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

Project success is measured by:

1. Short Term: clear reduction of aggressive and risk behavior patterns – violence, use of alcohol and drugs, vagrancy and dropping out of frameworks.

2. Long Term:Youth completing the program express a desire to integrate independently in a work place aiming for some kind of professional career. This is a population that never considered itself worthy of aspiring for a future.

To date, the Derech Hamelech Netanya program, in addition to the national Derech Hamelech proram has been a success- assisting hundreds of youth each year break the cycle of distress, violence and crime, and provide them with a collection of skills and qualifications to integrate into optimal significant employment service and education.

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Derech Hamelech Netanya

About

Derech Hamelech is a national ELEM program for teens and young adults at severe risk in the community. It is based on the cooperation and collaboration with various services in the community. Derech Hamelech reaches out to teens and young adults at risk in the community and helps them to develop skills, attain a job and begin a career path. The program enables them to ‘break the mold’ of delinquency and become healthy, functioning members of society, thanks to the mentorship of volunteer community members. Derech Hamelech participants complete the program with new skills and capabilities; a sense of self-worth, a sense of self success; and, sometimes for the first time, a positive future on the horizon. By helping delinquent teens and young adults transform themselves into educated members of society, Derech Hamelech improves not only the lives of the individual participants, but improves the social and economic reality of the Haifa community.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

One of ELEM’s central tenets is to invest in the youth of Israel in order to invest in the future of Israel. Derech Hamelech reaches out to teens and young adults at risk in the Haifa community to rehabilitate them into productive members of Israeli society. Teens and young adults referred to Derech Hamelech by their probation officers and other services have an opportunity to “start again” – as students or in a supportive job placement. They make this change in their lives with the help of professionally trained, committed mentors.

Back to Top

Program Description

The direct beneficiaries of the program are approximately 35-40 detached or delinquent youth, ages 15-26, residing in Netanya or nearby communities.

For each participant a personal program/ structure is built at the beginning of the program to determine the best and most appropriate means of advancement. Following, each participant is placed in one or more of the following program tracks:

  1. Personal Mentoring: the youth/young adults will have the opportunity to meet individually with a mentor specifically matched for them. The purpose of the mentoring is to establish a significant connection in their lives with an adult that can serve as a role model. The volunteers receive their mentees with a non-judgmental approach, and spend at least two hours- usually more- each week with their mentee for a minimum of one year. The mentors stay in consistent contact with the program manager and relevant professionals to ensure their mentor relationships remain productive and supportive. The mentors prioritize the establishment of trust and respect in the relationship. With their encouragement the girls develop life skills and the capabilities many independent young adults take for granted.
  2. Employment & Life Workshops: As many of the participants lack a personal adult role model, and in preparation for the world of employment, these workshops of 6-8 sessions will allow the youth/young adults to acquire valuable employment and life skills such as developing job aspirations, CV writing, provide letters of recommendation, interview preparation, balancing between capability and expectation, taking personal responsibility, commitment, accepting authority and other skills required in the world of employment.
  3. Personal accompaniment: following the employment and life workshop, participants are integrated into places of work matched with the program, and are provided personal accompaniment and support from a program coordinator. Personal accompaniment lasts between several months and up to 2 years, according to each young woman's need.
  4. Vocational Training: the vocational track in Derech Hamelech was developed in order to provide a rehabilitative solution based on the integration of the youth/young adults in courses and training in various professional fields through a known educational institute.
    1. Group Training- the professional training course provides program participants the opportunity to acquire valuable skills in the work force and practical life skills while also learning through a theoretical and hands-on experience. The subject of the course is chosen according to participants needs to find a profession that is best suited for them.
    2. Individual Scholarships- With an individual scholarship, youth and young adults can integrate as students in professional training courses under the close supervision of a Derech Hamelech training coordinator. The goal of this track is to provide an individual and personal response to each and every young adult according to their own educational and employment desires and capabilities.

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Demonstrated Need

Thousands of youth and young adults living in Israel today are not in any formal setting whose situations deteriorate due to a lack of a supportive framework. These youngsters are generally taken care of by youth correction units, social services, youth advancement units, Elem and other organizations. The Derech Hamelech program was set up in 2005 as a way of complimenting the existing professional therapy services provided by the state. The program helps youth who have dropped out of formal settings and have in some cases broken the law, by assigning each one with a volunteer mentor and/or providing them with vocational training and/or providing them with employment in a local business. All this is with the aim of enabling the youngsters to breakout from the vicious cycle of distress, violence and criminality and to enable them to begin a process of rehabilitation allowing them to return to a normative lifestyle.

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Program Accomplishments

ELEM's national Derech Hamelech program has been operating since 2005. Currently ELEM operates Derech Hamelech programs in: Haifa, Petah Tikva, B'nei Brak, Tel Aviv, Lod, Ramle, Jerusalem, Modi'in Illit, Kiryat Gat, Be'er Sheba, and Al Kasum Regional Council.

In 2015 685 youth and young adults received assistance from the national Derech Hamelech program.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

Project success is measured by:

1. Short Term: clear reduction of aggressive and risk behavior patterns – violence, use of alcohol and drugs, vagrancy and dropping out of frameworks.

2. Long Term:Youth completing the program express a desire to integrate independently in a work place aiming for some kind of professional career. This is a population that never considered itself worthy of aspiring for a future.

To date, the Derech Hamelech Netanya program, in addition to the national Derech Hamelech proram has been a success- assisting hundreds of youth each year break the cycle of distress, violence and crime, and provide them with a collection of skills and qualifications to integrate into optimal significant employment service and education.

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