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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Family Services for Adolescent Parents, Judaism

Mission: 1) Igniting hope in the hearts of Anglo youth in Israel who face setbacks and difficult challenges. 2) Offering professionally trained mentors to promote positive identity, serve as role models, improve cognitive skills and enhance youths' social and emotional well-being. 3) Creating a circle of support between youth, family members, educators and mental health professionals. 4) Preventing destructive behavior and stemming the high drop-out rate among Anglo youth in Israel. 5) Empowering parents to raise well-adjusted, happy and successful children.

Results: To date we have serviced hundreds of children and provided them with essential support to help them rebuild their self confidence and set them on a path of success, personal fulfillment and happiness. We would like to expand our program to cover other geographical areas where we do not yet have a presence. This vision includes taking this extremely successful program and making it international. In addition, we would like to begin offering group mentoring opportunities and academic assistance programs to schools. Hundreds of families have availed themselves of the services provided by our Parental Guidance Center. Numerous referrals where made and many families received the support, guidance and assistance they so desperately needed. Our vision is to expand these essential services to other cities and geographical areas.

Target demographics: Children and young adults

Direct beneficiaries per year: 252 children with mentoring and 65 families with parental guidance

Geographic areas served: Israel

Programs: Big brother and big sister programs, parental guidance and school referrals

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Yedidim has been and continues to be a blessing for our family. Two years ago our son was struggling with his grades and self-confidence. We met the caring and professional staff at Yedidim and they assigned a sensitive, refined, and fun mentor. This year our son has remained motivated and happy and this is reflected in his consistently high grades. Recently a teenage son who had been doing very well began to falter. We contacted Yedidim's Parental Guidance Department and the response has been invaluable to us and our son.We just happily enrolled our next son in the mentoring program were we received the same one of a kind professional and human response. I feel the Anglo community In Israel is blessed to have Yedidim, enriching the lives of our children.

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Adelman Thanks so much for the great feedback! We are delighted to be able to help!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We can to Israel from South Africa. Coming from a very different school system and society, it was a big challenge for my son to integrate into his new school in Israel. Via Yedidim we received a mentor who made this integration possible. We have no words to thank Yedidim and their amazing staff.

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Adelman 06/03/2018

Thank you for your kind words!!