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Jugendarbeit am Nachmittag an der Schnittstelle zur Schule am Beispiel Israels
Start date: May 15, 2015, End date: May 14, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Within a relatively short period of time, the number of registered Jewish Community members in Germany has increased from 28.000 in 1989 to 115.000 in 2014. This influx of newcomers mainly consists of Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union. Parents originating from the CIS countries have little experience with the principles of open youth work. This due to their experience of state directed youth work, which was perceived as coercive and as another part of the repressive Soviet system. Against this background the integration of the young generation of immigrants poses a particularly great challenge for the ZWST and the Jewish community. Bearing this in mind, and due to the respective changes in scope as well as structure of our youth work, the ZWST experiences an increased need for a higher level of professionalization in Jewish social work as well as the intensification of our youth work. JuNi’s aim is that of offering Jewish Youth in Germany, both children and adolescents, better chances not only towards social integration in Germany but also in unfolding their individual potential as well. During the ZWST cooperation with JAFI in the past, we became aware of the JAFI "Youth Futures" program. Within the framework of this program, JAFI set up a nationwide network to the benefit of underprivileged and disabled youth covering schools, local communities and youth centers. With the help of 400 professional trained young social mentors the JAFI “Youth Futures” program succeeded during the 2012/2013 school year alone in offering targeted support for 12,000 children and young people who were at risk of social exclusion. The ZWST wishes to send in two groups, each consisting of 25 teachers, educators and youth workers from the Jewish schools and the Jewish communities across Germany for a 11-per-day working visit to Israel. During this visit, the participants will be able to directly get acquainted with the “Youth Future” program. The participants will not only get acquainted with the structure of the program while visiting the Jerusalem based JAFI headquarters, but also will be able to get a first-hand impression of its implementation while visiting “Youth Future” affiliating schools and communities. They will be able to directly contact the program’s mentors as well as teachers and social workers. During this visit, JAFI will present "Youth Future" as a best-practice project model in detail. The ZWST delegation participants will get a direct glimpse of the ways in which youth at risk are detected, how their level of aid requirement is diagnosed and which measures serve best in helping them. The participating teachers, educators and youth workers will not only be able to get an insight into the work of their Israeli colleagues, but first and foremost will be inspired by their exposure to this project. They will be able to critically examine the applicability of the structure of this best-practice “Youth Future” program to Germany. They will witness the benefits of networking among professionals especially where school and leisure converge, and that of integrating holistic help of mentors in the process. The applicability of the life circumstances and living conditions of disadvantaged and marginalized youth in Israel, those who are at risk or are under the poverty line, and such who scarcely may integrate into society, to the situation of young Jewish immigrants in Germany will thoroughly be examined. With the help of the information and insights which will be obtained throughout the visit, viable concepts which also are applicable to the Jewish Communities in Germany will evolve. This project is scheduled to cover visits to 5 schools and communities in Israel and the corresponding JAFI guidaince. Two travels are planed: in december 2015/ january 2016 and in december 2016/january 2017.
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