Giving Tuesday lets us come together as a community to support the causes that are dear to our hearts and focus on what's really important. This Giving Tuesday, ELEM/Youth in Distress in Israel asks you to join us to help struggling Israeli youth.
We are raising money for our Hafuch al Hafuch Youth Center in Kiryat Shimona. A wave of violence has erupted throughout the city resulting in an increased need for ELEM's services. We are there for these youth on the streets, providing counseling, assistance and support.
What is Coffee & Small Talk -
Hafuch Al Hafuch?
ELEM operates a national network of youth counseling and information centers called Coffee & Small Talk - Hafuch Al Hafuch. The centers, located across the country, offer group and individual counseling, assistance and support. Operating since 1999, the centers are designed like cafes and enable youth to meet with professionals and volunteers in a relaxed manner, as well as providing opportunities to socialize with their peers. The activities in the centers include group meetings for guidance and support, individual sessions, workshops and volunteer projects. ELEM's staff works in close cooperation with other youth services in the area and refer teens for further guidance and treatment where necessary.
Who is served?
Coffee & Small Talk centers are intended for youth ages 12-18 who experience various challenges and levels of functioning. The teens range from those coping with typical hardships of adolescence who are in need of counseling and support, to those experiencing acute crises and/or various levels of isolation and neglect. In 2015, 3,749 youth received assistance, of which 1,312 were new to ELEM. In a study of 150 youth examining the effectiveness of Coffee & Small Talk centers in reducing dangerous behaviors among youth, the findings showed that ELEM’s work succeeds in significantly reducing dangerous behaviors such as violence, dropping out of school and substance abuse.
This Giving Tuesday, keep these children and teens in mind. Let’s come together and give the youth of Israel a better, brighter future! NO child should be left alone to guide themselves through life. Help us get them “Off the Streets and On to Life!”