Last month, S&S Worldwide donated craft kits and classroom supplies to the Youth Futures program in Afula. These supplies will help students in the program as well as adult immigrants in Israel at Ulpans, or schools, where they are taught to speak and write Hebrew. We were ecstatic to hear that our donations were much appreciated by the children and their Youth Futures mentors.
Dina Roemer from The Jewish Agency of Israel told S&S Worldwide Chairman & CEO Steve Schwartz the great news, “They have everything and are thrilled…I wanted to let you know as soon as I heard the good news, first hand, and to, again, express our deepest appreciation to you for your generosity and determination to see this through…”
The Jewish Agency for Israel launched Partnership2Gether in 1995 to overcome a gap between Jewish and Israeli communities to promote regional development. The program helps to integrate families who are immigrating to Israel, so they can learn the language and fit into society. Two communities involved in the partnership are Afula and Gilboa, located in Northern Israel. To continue their efforts, the Agency established a nationwide program called Youth Futures that empowers youth at risk in Israel. Trained mentors of the Youth Futures dedicate their time to help students develop leadership skills, academics, social integration, and community engagement.
We are so proud to have made a connection to The Jewish Agency for Israel and have the opportunity to give to children and families who are less fortunate and in need of our support.
Larry Altschul, a friend of Steve Schwartz and a humanitarian involved in many charities, facilitated our relationship with Israel and helped make this donation possible. He shared with us some kind words, “Patience, perseverance, tenacity…..this and so much more and only to do good…our people are lucky to have you both among us.”
More About Youth Futures
Youth Futures mentors will come up with a plan for each student, coordinating with parents, teachers, and other school professionals. They work with students continually throughout the school year to help improve their academic achievements and define their goals. The Youth Futures program also provides food for many of the students suffering from poverty. More than half of the people in Afula live in poverty. Youth Futures is funded by the US association called the Southern New England Consortium (SNEC). This program creates a positive relationship between America and Israel.
To learn more about these programs, visit www.jewishagency.org
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