Latet Youth

Latet Youth was established with the goal of educating Israeli youth on the benefits of volunteering and social solidarity. Latet Youth strives to instill Israeli youth with values of voluntary giving and mutual-responsibility, as it develops youth into entrepreneurs, who will in-turn become the future leaders of a moral and just society. The three-year long program works to increase the participants' entrepreneurial skills, and encourage them to become social action leaders within their own communities. Catering especially to youth at-risk, living on the social and geographic periphery, one of the most unique aspects of Latet Youth is that it brings together youth from all backgrounds, including Jews, Druze, and Bedouins.
 
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The Program

Need:
The socio-economic gaps in Israel are growing and as a direct result, equal opportunities have decreased for youth who live on the social and geographical periphery of society. Whereas research has shown that volunteering and mutual responsibility can significantly contribute to strengthening a society, today, only 32% of Israeli youth volunteer, and a mere 23.5% are actively involved in community volunteer activities outside of a middle-school framework. Latet believes social activism among youth may serve to bridge social gaps, to foster identity, and to establish a more just society overall.

Latet Youth was born out of the understanding that fostering the young generation (with emphasis on youth from low socioeconomic background and at-risk youth) will create the right infrastructure for leadership and social entrepreneurship in local communities. Instilling values of giving and volunteering, developing leadership and entrepreneurship skills and encouraging social initiatives constitute a model for a healthy, moral and more just society.
 
Target Population:
Latet Youth's activities are intended for youth in grades 6-12, with an emphasis on youth from middle and lower socio-economic backgrounds, and in various educational frameworks: schools, community centers, immigration centers, youth villages, foster homes and hostels for youth at-risk.

Model and Structure:
Understanding the importance of values of volunteering, leadership and social entrepreneurship in the life of youth and the impact on their future, Latet Youth is a three-year program and nurtures the next generation to be social action leaders.
Latet Youth is active across the country, takes place in 50 different cities, with approximately 2,500 participants, 250 volunteers, and 120 new groups formed each year. The groups are supervised by our devoted counselors, who are volunteers themselves, and undergo evaluation workshops and training throughout the year, which enables them to meet youth from all over the country. 
 
The Three-Year Model:
Year One:
  • Involvement: During the first year, the youth are exposed to the world of volunteerism through visits to various volunteer centers, organizations, and communities. Through this exposure, participants gain an understanding and grasp the true meaning of social engagement.
Year Two:
  • Entrepreneurship: During the second year, the youth are given further educational workshops that equip them with the necessary skills to target and identify a specific need in their communities, and to create their own social initiatives to fill that need. The groups are in charge of the entire initiative from conception to implementation, including the fundraising of resources from their local community.
Years Three and Four:
  • Social Leadership: The final years of the program offer leadership training. In these later years, the participants serve as youth counselors and city project coordinators for their various initiatives.

Scope of Activity:
  • Annual budget: $1,140,000 ($1,000,000; in-kind - $140,000)
  • 2,500 youth participants
  • 32 locations
  • 51 educational centers, including: schools, community centers, immigration centers, youth villages
  • 20 Latet Houses nationwide-
  • 250 volunteers and counselors
  • 34,100 annual volunteer hours
  • 140 social micro-initiatives per year
Program Highlights:
Three annual seminars take place throughout the year, each of which is a meaningful opportunity for the youth to come together, meet teenagers from all backgrounds, and begin to realize that they are part of something much bigger. 
 


Effectiveness  
Relative Advantages and Additional Value:
Uniqueness :
  • The first youth organization of its kind  whose main interest is proactively instilling values of volunteering and social entrepreneurship in youth. The youth's consistent involvement in volunteering activities and social micro-initiatives help creating a society driven by solidarity, and impacts the youth idendity.
Volunteer counselors:
  • The counselors volunteer their time and serve as personal role models for the participants, who often continue as volunteers themselves.
Leadership and social entrepreneurship:
  • The youth receive a training for social leaders' positions and turn in social entrepreneurs within their own communities.
No mandatory charges:
  • Unlike other youth movements, Latet Youth caters to youth coming from low socio-economic backgrounds, so we do not require compulsory charges from the participants.
Partnerships:
  • Latet works with boarding schools, after-school houses for youth at risk, and schools in difficult neighborhoods which create meaningful partnerships that help teenagers in need. 
Social periphery:
  •  70% of the participants come from low socio-economic backgrounds, are immigrant youth, or youth at risk.
Equality and acceptance:
  • Latet Youth serves all young people in Israel from all sectors of Israeli society.
Not just another youth movement:
  • 95% of the participants do not belong to any other youth movements.
Measures of Success:
The follow statistics demonstrate a change in the perspectives of Latet Youth participants:
  • 87% of participants report that the activity influenced their desire to volunteer in the future
  • 75% of participants report that the activity greatly strengthened their self-confidence
  • 65% of participants realize the hardships in society and the need to take responsibility for their communities
  • 63% of participants report a significant rise in motivation to be more socially involved
  • 63% of participants feel that the activities contributed greatly to developing their leadership skills
Graduates of Latet Youth:
Army and national service rate:
  • 96% of Latet Youth graduates serve in the IDF or national service
Long-term follow up for personal development:
  • 71% of graduates recall the period as significant in their lives
Character development:
  • 60% report that participation in the program formed their personality and was an important part of their personal development
Channels of Influence:
In 15 years of activity, Latet Youth has had great social influence:
First circle of youth:
  • 25,000 youths have become social leaders in the communities in which they live
Second circle of youth and beneficiaries:
  • 70,000 individuals have enjoyed the benefits of Latet Youth social initiatives
Social micro-initiatives 
  • 1,300 initiatives were carried out
Volunteers:
  • 3,150 volunteers have participated in Latet Youth activities and have contributed 409,500 hours

Measures of Efficiency:
  • Ratio of volunteers to participants: 250 dedicated volunteers guide 2000 youth
  • Volunteer hours: 34,100 volunteer hours for the development of social initiatives and strengthening social stability
  • Cost of activities: Leverage of investment in activities is double the actual financial investment; through donation of services, infrastructure and volunteer hours, the actual cost per participant is NIS 650, with an actual value of NIS 1293 
קוד אתי

Need:
The socio-economic gaps in Israel are growing and as a direct result, equal opportunities have decreased for youth who live on the social and geographical periphery of society. Whereas research has shown that volunteering and mutual responsibility can significantly contribute to strengthening a society, today, only 32% of Israeli youth volunteer, and a mere 23.5% are actively involved in community volunteer activities outside of a middle-school framework. Latet believes social activism among youth may serve to bridge social gaps, to foster identity, and to establish a more just society overall.

Latet Youth was born out of the understanding that fostering the young generation (with emphasis on youth from low socioeconomic background and at-risk youth) will create the right infrastructure for leadership and social entrepreneurship in local communities. Instilling values of giving and volunteering, developing leadership and entrepreneurship skills and encouraging social initiatives constitute a model for a healthy, moral and more just society.
 
Target Population:
Latet Youth's activities are intended for youth in grades 6-12, with an emphasis on youth from middle and lower socio-economic backgrounds, and in various educational frameworks: schools, community centers, immigration centers, youth villages, foster homes and hostels for youth at-risk.

Model and Structure:
Understanding the importance of values of volunteering, leadership and social entrepreneurship in the life of youth and the impact on their future, Latet Youth is a three-year program and nurtures the next generation to be social action leaders.
Latet Youth is active across the country, takes place in 50 different cities, with approximately 2,500 participants, 250 volunteers, and 120 new groups formed each year. The groups are supervised by our devoted counselors, who are volunteers themselves, and undergo evaluation workshops and training throughout the year, which enables them to meet youth from all over the country. 
 
The Three-Year Model:
Year One:
  • Involvement: During the first year, the youth are exposed to the world of volunteerism through visits to various volunteer centers, organizations, and communities. Through this exposure, participants gain an understanding and grasp the true meaning of social engagement.
Year Two:
  • Entrepreneurship: During the second year, the youth are given further educational workshops that equip them with the necessary skills to target and identify a specific need in their communities, and to create their own social initiatives to fill that need. The groups are in charge of the entire initiative from conception to implementation, including the fundraising of resources from their local community.
Years Three and Four:
  • Social Leadership: The final years of the program offer leadership training. In these later years, the participants serve as youth counselors and city project coordinators for their various initiatives.

Scope of Activity:
  • Annual budget: $1,140,000 ($1,000,000; in-kind - $140,000)
  • 2,500 youth participants
  • 32 locations
  • 51 educational centers, including: schools, community centers, immigration centers, youth villages
  • 20 Latet Houses nationwide-
  • 250 volunteers and counselors
  • 34,100 annual volunteer hours
  • 140 social micro-initiatives per year
Program Highlights:
Three annual seminars take place throughout the year, each of which is a meaningful opportunity for the youth to come together, meet teenagers from all backgrounds, and begin to realize that they are part of something much bigger. 
 


Effectiveness  
Relative Advantages and Additional Value:
Uniqueness :
  • The first youth organization of its kind  whose main interest is proactively instilling values of volunteering and social entrepreneurship in youth. The youth's consistent involvement in volunteering activities and social micro-initiatives help creating a society driven by solidarity, and impacts the youth idendity.
Volunteer counselors:
  • The counselors volunteer their time and serve as personal role models for the participants, who often continue as volunteers themselves.
Leadership and social entrepreneurship:
  • The youth receive a training for social leaders' positions and turn in social entrepreneurs within their own communities.
No mandatory charges:
  • Unlike other youth movements, Latet Youth caters to youth coming from low socio-economic backgrounds, so we do not require compulsory charges from the participants.
Partnerships:
  • Latet works with boarding schools, after-school houses for youth at risk, and schools in difficult neighborhoods which create meaningful partnerships that help teenagers in need. 
Social periphery:
  •  70% of the participants come from low socio-economic backgrounds, are immigrant youth, or youth at risk.
Equality and acceptance:
  • Latet Youth serves all young people in Israel from all sectors of Israeli society.
Not just another youth movement:
  • 95% of the participants do not belong to any other youth movements.
Measures of Success:
The follow statistics demonstrate a change in the perspectives of Latet Youth participants:
  • 87% of participants report that the activity influenced their desire to volunteer in the future
  • 75% of participants report that the activity greatly strengthened their self-confidence
  • 65% of participants realize the hardships in society and the need to take responsibility for their communities
  • 63% of participants report a significant rise in motivation to be more socially involved
  • 63% of participants feel that the activities contributed greatly to developing their leadership skills
Graduates of Latet Youth:
Army and national service rate:
  • 96% of Latet Youth graduates serve in the IDF or national service
Long-term follow up for personal development:
  • 71% of graduates recall the period as significant in their lives
Character development:
  • 60% report that participation in the program formed their personality and was an important part of their personal development
Channels of Influence:
In 15 years of activity, Latet Youth has had great social influence:
First circle of youth:
  • 25,000 youths have become social leaders in the communities in which they live
Second circle of youth and beneficiaries:
  • 70,000 individuals have enjoyed the benefits of Latet Youth social initiatives
Social micro-initiatives 
  • 1,300 initiatives were carried out
Volunteers:
  • 3,150 volunteers have participated in Latet Youth activities and have contributed 409,500 hours

Measures of Efficiency:
  • Ratio of volunteers to participants: 250 dedicated volunteers guide 2000 youth
  • Volunteer hours: 34,100 volunteer hours for the development of social initiatives and strengthening social stability
  • Cost of activities: Leverage of investment in activities is double the actual financial investment; through donation of services, infrastructure and volunteer hours, the actual cost per participant is NIS 650, with an actual value of NIS 1293 

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Hen Shanbel Educational Development Manager

Henli Cohen National Operations Manager

Limor Hiv Program Manager

Amara Hino Operations Manager- North

Elena Shevek Coordinator- Central Region

Tali Orah Operations Manager- South

Noor Hitiv Coordinator- Beit Jann

Hen Shanbel Educational Development Manager
Henli Cohen National Operations Manager
Limor Hiv Program Manager
Amara Hino Operations Manager- North
Elena Shevek Coordinator- Central Region
Tali Orah Operations Manager- South
Noor Hitiv Coordinator- Beit Jann

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