The increase of both the number and severity of violent behaviors among our children is a major threat. It is the inner terrorism consuming us. Too many of our children and youth are victims of bullying, harassment and even emotional, physical, sexual as well as virtual abuse.
We are in the middle of a struggle that will determine the character and future of both our youth and society in Israel.
- 33% of all cases of violence in children take place in schools.
- 500,000 children and youth (1/6) are defined by the National Insurance Institute as being at-risk, out of which 134,000 are regarded as being at high risk.
Atid Batuah (Hebrew for Secure Future) is a forum of leading members in Israeli society acting to secure a better future for our children, free of violence and risk behaviors, and with better prospects to develop their full potential.
Our programs are based on the “Active, Preventive Educational Strategies”, developed by Abraham Hemmo and Mira Friedman Hemmo. These programs were adopted by the UN (The Cairo Convention, 1994).
- Mobilizing the youngsters themselves as agents of social change – to influence their peers.
- Primary prevention of violence and risk behaviors, before it is too late.
- Aiming at the majority of the children – since every child is at risk.
Our programs include:
- Young Leaders for a Secure Future” – Teams of youth and children carry out projects for a secure future in their schools and communities – as social initiators.
- “Web Leaders” – Preventing bullying and violence in the social media. Teams of Young Leaders who act to influence their friends as well as the social web climate, locating bullies and victims – and referring them to professional help.
- “Secure-Future in our Town” – a unique, systemic program which incorporates all relevant municipal systems that are in charge of children and youngsters.
- Non-violence in Sports– promoting fair and respectful sports, free of violence, incitement and racism.
We have the power to prevent violence and create change, not after our children become victims of violence, alcohol or drugs, but now, when we still have the opportunity to save them. This is a major challenge for each of us.