Human Services

ELEM/ Youth in Distress in Israel

Off the Streets and On to Life

aka ELEM

New York, NY

Mission

ELEM is dedicated to transforming the lives of troubled youth in Israel. Our 280 streetwise professionals and 1700 volunteers proactively seek at-risk youth on the streets, and earn their trust. Our innovative programs in 43 cities don’t require referrals and provide safe spaces for counseling, mentoring and job training.

Ruling Year

1983

Principal Officer

Ms. Lenore Ruben

Main Address

224 West 35th Street, 11th Floor

New York, NY 10001 USA

Keywords

Israel youth children teens homeless runaway drugs prostitution

EIN

13-3171815

 Number

3269544948

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Across Israel there are tens of thousands of youth in need of additional support services. Our youth face tremendous challenges such as domestic violence, substance abuse, neglect, bullying, homelessness and prostitution. In many instances, the home is not a safe place for these teens to be. Rampant poverty, child abuse and unstable home environments often push youth to the streets to find comfort or some sort of escape from their problems. As they seek an outlet in the streets, teens turn to drug use, alcohol abuse, prostitution and other illegal activities to be able to survive from day to day. Furthermore, like the average teenagers, our youth are not likely to ask for help nor seek out services in a healthy manner.

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Awake At Night- Erem Balayla

Lighthouse Centers-Migdalor

Someone to Run With-Mishehu Larutz I'to

Coffee & Small Talk- Hafuch Al Hafuch

A Real Home-Bayit Amiti

Y-ELEM Website

The Friendship House - Galgal

The Good People Project - Ish Tov

The Kings Way - Derech Hamelech

Outreach Vans

Where we work

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We currently run 78 programs in 43 cities providing counseling, mentoring, vocational training and a safe space for Israeli youth to envision a positive future, ultimately becoming a productive member of Israeli society. We aim to eliminate teenage homelessness, reduce drug and alcohol abuse, rescue boys and girls from prostitution and human trafficking and to provide opportunities to a group of underprivileged young people that would otherwise have scarce chances for success.

ELEM offers a variety of programs and services to address the unique needs of our population. ELEM uses one of its featured programs. Alma, to totally transform the lives of individuals. Rescuing girls and women from prostitution is one battle, but the war is won in the coming days, weeks and months that follow. Often, the women we encounter lack the professional and life skills necessary to reintegrate as a healthy and productive member of society. We prepare them for employment, offer counseling services that allow for healthy relationships with their families and provide a safe environment conducive for recovery. In addition to Alma, we provide positive adult role models who encourage youth to exercise their rights and provide alternatives to the world of prostitution to enable youth to gradually exit this way of living. Awake at Night, called Halev 24/7 – The Heart 24/7 in Tel Aviv, also provides immediate assistance, such as a hot meal, a help hotline and counseling services. ELEM also established the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Violence Among Youth in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, the first of its kind in Israel. Treatment plans are tailored to the unique needs of each client. Individual, group and family therapy are combined in short and long-term therapy approaches. Youth gaining employment is also a large focus for ELEM. The King’s Way – Derech Hamelech is a vocational training and mentoring program for youth who are referred to ELEM by partner organizations. Youth are assigned a caring adult mentor and are placed in a vocational training program that equips them for a job with one of the 70 local businesses we partner with in the community. From Protection to Independence, "The King’s Way – Derech Hamelech", is a vocational training and mentoring program for youth who are referred to ELEM by partner organizations. Youth are assigned a caring adult mentor and are placed in a vocational training program that equips them for a job with one of the 70 local businesses we partner with in the community.

As ELEM is celebrating its 38th year of operation, we pride ourselves on being considered Israel’s leading and largest nonprofit organization dedicated to treating and transforming the lives of at-risk youth. Our 300+ professionals and 2,000+ volunteers don’t wait for referrals on the 25,000 young people we serve annually, but they seek them out in the streets, at school, via the internet, at bars and nightclubs. In addition to the youth we meet face to face, another 100,000 interact with us via ELEM online.

Each quarter our board and staff gather together to assess our progress towards goals, plan for the future, review and approve budgets in addition to debriefing on events and goals that occurred within the last quarter. Not only do our board members hold our organization accountable, but our partnered organizations and funding sources also have reporting systems that ensure our goals are being met and impact is being seen in the lives of the youth we seek to help. Local, state and national governments are also large givers to our organization and we work in lock step with them to be sure we are reaching our outlined goals. We also meet annually with our international board to discuss progress and coordinate efforts between both offices.

Since our inception in 1982, we have helped well over 2 million youth in Israel. Most recently, our work has caught the attention of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, recognizing ELEM with Special Consultative Status in the field of at-risk youth. We are currently planning to expand our reach and focus on helping boys suffering from sexual violence. It is our plan to build a center specifically for this group and it would be the first of its kind in Israel. At the beginning of 2020 we expanded the age ranges of our programs. Our research showed that young children were also victims of sexual violence and that number was increasing exponentially. We lowered our entry age for most programs from 14 to 12 to accommodate this trend.

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Accreditations

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Financials

ELEM/ Youth in Distress in Israel

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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