Educational Youth Villages

Giving a Home to Children At Risk

The rise in the number of children and youth atrisk constitutes one of Israel’s most serious social problems. Tens of thousands of children have been removed from their homes because they are in imminent danger. Educational Villages are saving
children at risk, providing them with a normative, residential environment where they can receive the appropriate care in order to heal and flourish.

What began as a rescue operation to save Jewish children from Nazi Germany has evolved into a highly effective network that is transforming the lives of Israel’s youth at-risk. During its 70 years of activity, Youth Villages have served over 350,000 children and youth, including many new immigrants from the former Soviet Union (FSU) and Ethiopia. Youth Villages are currently home to almost 1,100 children.

The social and educational intervention provided at Educational Villages for Youth at Risk enables youngsters to cope with integration difficulties, to break the cycle of poverty and to become contributing members of Israeli society.

During their stay at youth villages children receive a full high school education, four meals a day, psychological and medical treatment, and a great deal of love and care.

Youth Villages employ a multi-pronged approach to the academic and social rehabilitation of children at risk, which includes:
• A remedial junior high school program to close educational gaps and to help mainstream children into normative high school frameworks
• Individually tailored interventions and intensive tutoring
• Therapeutic and psychological counseling
• Extra-curricular activities that maximize and reinforce positive behavioral models, such as sports, art and animal care.
Today, new immigrants from the FSU and Ethiopia account for more than 50% of the student population at Youth Villages, while Israeli-born youngsters whose social integration has been unsuccessful, account for the other half.
Nearly 90% of Youth Village graduates attend regular high schools and 85% are accepted to the Israel Defense Forces. Youth Villages also work closely with students’ families and community support systems, with the aim of integrating the students back into their home communities. Youth Villages are ensuring that thousands of marginalized youth receive the support they need to ultimately take their place in Israeli society.

All donations are matched by Government funds.


It costs $5,300 to provide for the needs of one disadvantaged youngster for one year.
Every dollar you contribute will help provide a second chance for an at-risk youth! Donate now

Nurture and educate disadvantaged Israeli youth