For the second year in a row, we are activating our unique “One-on-One” mentorship program, in which dedicated volunteers personally mentor 12 grade students in one of four Youth Villages across the country. The volunteers help the seniors cope with their last year in high school, the challenges of military service, and the transition to civilian life.
The children and teenagers learning and living in Youth Villages across the country lack the familial support most of us take for granted. They come from low socioeconomic background, and their families are rarely supportive. The transition from high school to military service, and the transition from a military life to civilian life, are challenging for all of us –more so for young people who lack the necessary support at home.
The economic, social and emotional challenges these young people deal with are especially complicated and include, among other things, the need to find housing solutions during their military service, difficulties arising from a disciplined and rigid military environment, and doubts regarding the professional and personal directions they should take after the army. To help them, the Spirit of Israel established the One-on-One” mentorship program in 2015. In the framework of this program, experienced volunteers personally mentor the students on how best to deal with the challenges they face.