“Young Leaders for a Secure Future” is a program for violence prevention operated in schools and local youth councils. The program encourages leadership and social entrepreneurship amongst youth in order to prevent violence and risk behaviors. The program is one of its kind in Israel, adapted to specifically suit each population.
Young people themselves are the leaders of change; they are those that have the power to shape a better society and a violence free environment.
The program allows the youth themselves to serve as ambassadors shaping a society free of violence. Young leadership groups are established for children in grades seven to eleven, each with a college student counselor leading the group. These groups plan and lead initiatives aimed at violence prevention. The initiatives are operated in the schools and around the community. The program is operated in partnership with the family foundation of Professor Yair Orgler and Tel Aviv- Yafo College.
As part of the program about 60 Young Leadership groups from Carmiel in the North, to Ashkelon in the South, operate more than 70 annual initiatives: film productions, play productions, a weekly radio show, adopting elementary schools, speech contests and more. All the initiatives aim to create a more secure social climate, free of violence and risk behaviors.
The Young Leaders groups include children from many different backgrounds; from economically disadvantaged families, immigrants from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union, Jews and Arabs, and religious and secular. The leadership group participants gain practical tools, and grow both personally and socially through empowerment workshops they participate in.
“Young Leaders for a Secure Future” is a concept based on encouraging the creativity and ability to influence possessed by young people themselves to promote a society free of violence, through the creation of practical initiatives related to the subject. The young leadership groups are led by a counselor-students with leadership skills, who are not much older than the young entrepreneurs, and therefore close to them in spirit. The program operates in schools and local youth councils who provide the organizational framework, including: a program coordinator, and a director that is prepared to devote him/herself to the subject. The program is organized and guided by the professionals of Atid Batuah, people with extensive professional background in the field, who are themselves working as full volunteers and as such constitute role models for the young program participants.
- To develop young leaders that possess practical tools to initiate anti-violence projects.
- To develop motivation to take action to promote the quality of life and to prevent violence.
- To increase awareness to the dangers of violence, and develop practical tools for preventing violence.
- Granting scholarships to college students and training and preparing them to lead the youth leaders.
- The student counselors build young leadership groups in schools and municipal youth councils. The student counselors guide and instruct the young leaders in order to improve their personal and social skills and develop the entrepreneurial skills that they have within them to contribute to society.
- Each group of young entrepreneurs builds a social venture aimed at preventing violence and risk behaviors.
Opportunities for collaboration:
- Sponsoring a young leadership group: yearly cost of 25,000 NIS.
- Sponsoring a selected cluster of young leadership groups: yearly cost of 100,000 NIS.