About us

ELEM was founded with the goal of assisting youth at risk and in distress, extracting them from their situation and helping them find their place in society as adults and citizens who are self-sufficient and contribute to their families and Israeli society.

ELEM was founded by a group of professionals and volunteers from Israel and the United States, and was registered as a nonprofit organization in 1983.

Since then, it has developed into a nationwide organization specializing in identifying the hardships inherent in the daily lives of youth in Israel, and in developing and operating relevant and innovative programs to respond to them, while keeping in mind the unique needs of different population groups.

Provision of Social and Individual Services

Today there are about 2.5 million youth and children between the ages of 0 and 18 in Israel , 350,000 of whom are living at various levels of risk.

ELEM is the address for at-risk youth and helps them find their way back into the community. Every year, ELEM meets with tens of thousands of adolescents and provided ongoing treatment to approximately 20,000 of them.

ELEM employs 280 professionals in the fields of counseling and treatment. They work alongside 1,700 volunteers.

ELEM employees and volunteers go out and meet the youth wherever they are: at schools, in the afternoon in their communities, on the Internet, at night  at entertainment sites and on the streets at night, as well as specific activities during summer vacations.

Programs for Various Types of Distress

ELEM operates in close to 40 towns across the country and offers programs for a broad spectrum of issues facing youth, including personal crises experienced by normative adolescents, dropping out of educational frameworks, difficulties related to absorption, social problems, family problems, struggles with identity and belonging, exposure and addiction to drugs and alcohol, vagrancy, violence, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, delinquency, prostitution and homelessness.

ELEM runs a number of different programs, including information and counseling centers for youth, a counseling and informational website, multicultural programs, a program for the prevention and treatment of sexual violence among children, outreach vans for vagrant youth, unique programs for girls at risk, employment rehabilitation and mentoring for juvenile delinquents, business initiatives, day centers for the homeless, a project for minors involved in prostitution, a center for female victims of sexual violence, and regional offices to develop community relations and promote community involvement.

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