THE COMMUNITY - ADOLESCENTSLike many adolescents around Israel, youngsters from the Bnei Menashe community are exposed to alcohol, drugs and abusive behaviors.
But, in addition to the “regular” difficulties of adolescence, youngsters of the Bnei Menashe community also deal with issues of personal, national and cultural identity, and sense a feeling of alienation from the veteran community and from their parents, due to cultural and language differences.
- Empowerment and extracurricular programs – annual programs are required to empower the strong points of youngsters in the Bnei Menashe community, such as art, hiking, sports, etc. Program coordinators will assess each youngster professionally and follow up on their personal and social progress.
- Prevention programs – professional meetings must be held within the community, on topics such as adolescence, personal identity, alcohol and addictions, dropouts, etc.
- Sports – members of the Bnei Menashe community are known as outstanding athletes, mainly in soccer, and they have expressed great interest in setting up professional soccer teams. We sincerely want to help them improve their skills.
- Parental empowerment – parents of the Bnei Menashe community must be given support and advice on how to deal with adolescent children and cope with the difficulties they are experiencing.
- Volunteering – a program must be developed to incorporate adolescents of the Bnei Menashe community into the current voluntary programs, such as: the firefighters, Magen David Adom, the police, etc. and prepare the youngsters for the IDF and recruitment tests so that they can join top unit and officers’ courses.