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Connecting Dots: first step towards the project

March 19, 2017

These three days illustrated more alternative ways of working with Youth at Risk through training sessions and visits in different places. What is worth saying, we met people who are committed and devoted to the things they are doing inspiring all of us to generate new ideas.

The group had the training session with Ms. Lee Reuveni who brought one of the most important topics for the people who work with youth – Sexual Health Education at school. She introduced us the methodology and tools how to explain and talk with youth about the topic which is important while working with youth and crucial with Youth at Risk.

On the same day the group started working on their projects, regarding the needs and problems discussed beforehand. Starting with creativity and teambuilding games, Mr. Ariel Cegla made the session interesting and fun. As it seems the whole process will be challenging and hopefully productive.


Dr. Chaim Lahav introduced the session about policy and strategy implementation of the “Youth at-risk” services models: Community Based Services (C.B.S.) VS School-Based Services (S.B.S) which are about failing here or there of a child as a micro system with unsuccessful transition to work and adult life and as a consequence to make a full contribution to active society. The most interesting part for us was to do Strengths-Based Self-Survey and find out scores of higher or lower degrees of strengths-base practice.

The second part was dedicated to professional visit of Galgal center and there was a very interesting workshop with Ms. Renana Danon who shared the model of working of their shelter with the youth of extreme risk ”bottom level of the society”, namely prostitutes, alcohol and drug-addicted women. What was the most impression? Of course, values. In this organization they can feel themselves to be a part of society, be heard to protect their rights as human beings and have their lives changed.
 

Dr. Emmanuel Grupper spoke about educational residential care model in Israel which has a number of programs towards youth education. It was about the youth village where the values of being a family and education are put together for the whole growth of a child. This is a more holistic approach. The different kinds of residential education care models that are operated in Israel seem to cater for all the groups.

The visit to Machshaba Tova showed how the community takes up the IT from the elders to the children as we saw from the clip. This looked a very good bridge in closing the social gap using IT. Several things can be achieved through this kind of program starting from basic communication and self-worth to professional development. This can also have a lot of side benefits such as creating a strong group and a sense of belonging maintaining regular attendance as well as helping students with learning difficulties. Working and connecting partners comes in handy for the support of the program for sustainability.

We live in the world where happiness and sadness exist at the same time, but we are responsible to choose what to do and where to be to contribute in the healthy or ill society.

 

Submitted by

ANN Nganga (Kenya)

Galina Budeychuck (Ukraine)

Nata Dzadzamia (Georgia)