The Israeli Public Forum for Youth Villages and Boarding Schools for Children at Risk


The Public Forum is a philanthropic and professional partnership that was established to make a meaningful contribution to promoting Israel’s youth villages and boarding schools. Mr. Avi Naor is the organization’s founder and Chairman.

The Public Forum advances its objectives by concentrating on three areas of activity:
  • Influencing policy.
  • Developing resources and partnerships, and providing close support for youth village and boarding school graduates.
  • Developing professional capabilities among the public managements, village directors and staff.

Background

In Israel, about 25,500 children and teenagers between the ages of 5-18 currently live in residential educational frameworks. Approximately 18,000 live in 58 youth villages run by the Ministry of Education, while the remaining 7,500 live in 127 boarding schools operated by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services.
 
Historically, youth villages were founded to help children of olim (new immigrants) adapt to Israeli society. However, over the years there has been a shift in the background of the youth living in these institutions. Current statistics show that today the vast majority of the population living in youth villages and boarding schools are youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as at-risk youth.




Still, despite the change in population, these institutions have never received the resources that would allow them to make the necessary adjustments to respond to the specific needs of this very fragile group. The current situation limits the capacity of youth villages and boarding schools to promote the social inclusion of at-risk youth.  
 
Aware of the key role of education to the future of at-risk youth, a group of leading Israeli philanthropists and foundations, all active in the field of education, have joined hands to address this challenge. They established the Israeli Public Forum for Youth Villages and Boarding Schools for Children at Risk, a platform to raise awareness to the importance of education in Israel’s boarding schools and youth villages, and promote the allocation of resources to these institutions. 

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About the Forum

The Public Forum was established in 2012 by Avi Naor, Israel Prize laureate for lifetime achievement and exceptional contribution to the nation. It is, first and foremost, a coalition of people who care. Each of its members has a proven track record of successfully investing significant resources into projects and initiatives aimed at supporting Israel’s younger generation through education.  However, the particular challenges faced by youth villages and boarding schools have mobilized these individuals and organizations to adopt a different course of action – to work together in order to maximize the impact of their efforts. Through this forum, they seek to design and implement a plan of action that reflects their common values and vision, and that contributes to their common goal of ensuring that each child and teenager in Israel receives the support and education he or she needs in order to become a contributing member of Israeli society. 
 
The Forum’s Vision

Every child has unique capabilities. Every child deserves an opportunity. The Israeli Public Forum for Youth Villages and Boarding Schools for Children at Risk believes that:
 
Every child has the potential to succeed.
Every child deserves an equal opportunity.
Every child’s self-confidence and sense of self-worth must be enhanced.
A supportive environment must be created for every child. 

Overarching Goal

Promoting the development and providing an appropriate response to the needs of the youth and graduates of youth villages and boarding schools, in order to help them move beyond their at-risk status and successfully integrate into Israeli society.
 
The Public Forum was established in 2012 by Avi Naor, Israel Prize laureate for lifetime achievement and exceptional contribution to the nation. It is, first and foremost, a coalition of people who care. Each of its members has a proven track record of successfully investing significant resources into projects and initiatives aimed at supporting Israel’s younger generation through education.  However, the particular challenges faced by youth villages and boarding schools have mobilized these individuals and organizations to adopt a different course of action – to work together in order to maximize the impact of their efforts. Through this forum, they seek to design and implement a plan of action that reflects their common values and vision, and that contributes to their common goal of ensuring that each child and teenager in Israel receives the support and education he or she needs in order to become a contributing member of Israeli society. 
 
The Forum’s Vision
Every child has unique capabilities. Every child deserves an opportunity. The Israeli Public Forum for Youth Villages and Boarding Schools for Children at Risk believes that:
 
  • Every child has the potential to succeed.
  • Every child deserves an equal opportunity.
  • Every child’s self-confidence and sense of self-worth must be enhanced.
  • A supportive environment must be created for every child. 
Overarching Goal

Promoting the development and providing an appropriate response to the needs of the youth and graduates of youth villages and boarding schools, in order to help them move beyond their at-risk status and successfully integrate into Israeli society.
 
Plan of Action

1.Impacting policy-making/advocacy.
 
2.Increasing partnerships and resources for youth villages and boarding schools.
 
Developing a national program for youth village and boarding school graduates who lack family support – the Forum is drafting a national program that will include close, personal support for graduates of youth villages and boarding schools who do not receive support from their families. The goal is to promote their inclusion in the various spheres of life within Israeli society in the best possible way.
 
3. Expanding and strengthening the managerial capability of youth villages and boarding schools. 

Infrastructure:
 
  • Renovation Program – a national program for renovating the students’ rooms in the youth villages – an initiative led by the Ministry of Education in cooperation with the Public Forum and philanthropic partners. Many boarding school buildings were built in the early years following Israel’s establishment, and since then have not received proper physical upkeep. In 2014, 38 youth villages participated in the renovation program. The venture’s total cost for the year was about NIS 70 million (NIS 40 million from the Education Ministry and NIS 30 million from philanthropic sources). The Public Forum is providing close support for the process, and is helping to finance the professional assistance for realizing the program within the education and social service frameworks. 
 
  • “Fellowship Homes” – the purpose of this venture is to provide a solution for the needs of youth village and boarding school graduates who lack support from their families. The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), the Public Forum and the Administration for Rural Education have begun an initiative, in the course of which caravillas (prefab homes) were placed in eight youth villages in 2014, at an annual cost of about $550,000. The caravillas will provide suitable housing for the graduates, who will also receive support from the village. A professional team from the Public Forum is accompanying the process.  
 
Membership
 
The Public Forum is open to all philanthropists and foundations that care about and wish to devote their resources to make a difference in Israel’s educational landscape. If you would like to be part of the solution and help us secure a better future for Israel’s at-risk youth, we invite you to join this exclusive group of individuals and foundations – all with a proven track record as effective social entrepreneurs. The more we are, the greater our chance to have a real impact on this important cause.
 
The Forum’s current members include the following:
 
Mr. Avi Naor- Chirman of the Israeli Public Forum
AIV(Alliance Israelite Universelle)- Mr.Sam Pinto, Dr. Yehuda Mimaran
Mrs. Einat Reich
Mr. Joel Koschitzky
National Insurance Institute Of Israel- Mr. Izak Sabato ( observer)
The Jewish Agency for Israel – Mr. Nir Lahav and Mrs. Dana Zaks
Arison Foundation – Mrs. Shlomit de Vries, Mrs. Yifat Shmuelevitz
The Fellowship Foundation - Mrs. Keren Claster
Tormim lakfar Initiative- Mr. Avi Elbaz
Association Kiriat Yearim Switzerland – Mr. Victor Weiss
Fisher Foundation – Mr. Jeff Kaye
Stella and Yoel Carasso Family Foundation – Mr. Yoel Carasso & Atar Razy-Oren
Mr. Ligad Rot Levi & Mrs. Lilach Sigan
Wizo - Prof. Rivka Lazovsky ,Mr.Igal Dekel
World Ort - Mr. Avi Ziv and Avi Ganon
 
Staff:
Mrs. Anat Nehemia Lavee (CEO)
Mrs. Netalie Werber Masenjnik (Coordinator)
Mrs. Shelly Ben Ezra (Office Manager)
 
Contact us:
Tel: +972-3-5477118
Fax: +972-36124410
www.fkn.org.il
office@forumknp.org.il
 

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