Each mentor works full-time with 16 children over the course of three years, guiding each child in long-term processes in different circles of intervention: personal, familial, social and educational. In 2019, that resulted in 12,000 people impacted by Youth Futures.
“I’ve met many children in whom I see myself. I always tell them, ‘Look me in the eyes. If I, as a little girl, succeeded to change things in my life just by the power of my will, then anyone can.'”
Ester, a Youth Futures mentor, didn’t have an easy childhood. She left Ethiopia with her parents when she was six years old, but their attempt to reach Israel through Sudan failed, leading Ester to spend several months in a Sudanese prison and then a refugee camp. To get Ester to safety, her parents gave her up for adoption.
Once adopted, Ester was brought to Israel, a traumatizing experience for her as a young girl. As a mentor, she feels she is gaining closure for herself, while playing a crucial role in her adolescent mentees’ lives. Read more of Ester’s story and about the amazing work Youth Futures does >
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