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Who are we?

Founded in 1991, Yedidim for Youth and Society is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose sole mission is working towards the betterment of Israeli society with the goal that all Israeli youth, regardless of their cultural and socio-economic background, have the opportunity to realize their full potential. Yedidim touches the lives of 3,500 children, teens, and young adults each year throughout 120 communities across Israel and works in the realms of life skills & employability training, prevention and intervention of risk behaviors such as school dropout, delinquency and other self-destructive behaviors. Over 1,700 student volunteers act as mentors to children and youth in need every year across all of Yedidim’s programs. Yedidim exists to empower children, youth, and young adults from diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds by helping them to fully integrate into Israeli society. Yedidim systematically fosters in marginalized youth a sense of self-worth, belonging, and self-confidence, thereby providing the at-risk population of Israel the tools it needs to flourish.

Areas of activity

Yedidim organization operates a variety of programs and projects that provide solutions and support for the various needs of the children, youth and young people in Israel who are at risk and in distress. The programs of the organization operate on the continuum starting with children of primary school age who come from a background of neglect at home, through absorption of immigrants, youth at risk of dropping out, girls in distress, youth undergoing the law, preparation for meaningful service of these populations, And employment of young people.

Yedidim Institute for Leadership, Management and Volunteering

The Institute was established in 1998 to develop the training theory, training and management of employees and volunteers of friends, and to accompany the evaluation studies and the evaluation of the various programs.

The Institute trains community leaders with outstanding leadership ability to initiate, develop and operate volunteer programs and activities for the community at a high professional level.

To date, the Institute has trained more than 2,800 managers, coordinators and volunteers, combining academic theories and knowledge with knowledge and knowledge from the field.

Personal Stories

  • Meet Tomer Kreiter, Our Beloved Volunteer

    35 Years old from Ra'anana, owner of Landscape Architecture company.
    "I believe that each one of us needs love, especially those who along their way haven't had it enough. With my protege, the meaningful parts are empowering, listening, warmth, love and confidence. I have confidence in my protege no matter what happens I care for him, trust him, and I am here for him, always. I really love the bond we have together".

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Awards and Prizes

Excellence in Management Award

Mr. Shimon Siani, Director-General of the Association, has been appointed by the Civic Leadership, the third sector umbrella organization in Israel

"Deputy Minister of Immigrant Absorption"

For excellence in volunteer activities for immigrant absorption.

"The President's Award for Volunteerism"

On the activities of youth volunteers in the field of immigrant absorption.

"The Mayor of Jerusalem"

Was awarded to the Friends as an outstanding organization for its activities in order to promote the welfare and quality of life of the city's residents.

The Speaker of the Knesset Prize for Quality of Life

For a contribution in the field of increasing immigration.

The Mayor of Ashdod

On our choice as an outstanding organization