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Welcome to The Israeli council for youth organizations

About us

The Israeli Council for Youth Organizations is an umbrella association that was established as a non – profit organization in 2013. The council serves as the official representative body of youth organizations in Israel, working in partnership with government ministries, national institutions, authorities and other strategic partners. The council has 21 senior children and youth organizations as members and its areas of activity are consulting and guidance to the headquarters of the organizations, managing national educational projects, maintaining good government relations, creating collaborations between organizations and with parties in the area , conducting professional trainings and promoting research and development processes in the space of informal valued education. Its members outline a policy, and the team, together with the managements of the educational organizations, works to implement it. The mission of the council is to enable its member organizations to expand, influence and realize their vision together and separately.

Our mission

Today, about 30% of youth in Israel take part in regular and significant value-based educational activities. The Council for Youth Organizations works to strengthen non-formal education, especially among underprivileged populations and in the social and geographical periphery. Our mission is to reach every boy, girl, and teen in Israel and allow them to have a real opportunity to participate in a valuable and professional educational leisure activity. Youth organizations work to promote social and ethical values among youth, through education whose purpose is specific and defined.

Over the years, we have placed the enterprise of youth organizations in the category of value education, as a legitimate, living, kicking and leading enterprise alongside other value education activities and alongside the glorious enterprise of the youth movements

“Every boy, girl, boy and girl in Israel will get a real opportunity
Participate in value-based and professional educational leisure activities.”

Vision of the Children and Youth Council

תחומי ליבה/פעילות

  • Government relations
  • Assistance, advice, guidance and direction
  • Resource development
  • Collaborations
  • Professional training
  • Research and development

Staff Members

The Jewish Agency For Israel
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
National Road Safety Authority

שאלות ותשובות

  • How does a trainee in the organization fit into the community?

    The active trainee in a youth organization has many development channels (training, preparatory courses, years of service and adult communities), all of which strengthen the trainee's sense of belonging, and enable him to contribute back to the community.

  • Do youth organizations work in collaboration with schools?

    Schools are a platform for recruiting members of the youth organization. The updated circular from the Director General of the Ministry of Education from July 2015 regulated the relationship between youth organizations and school principals and called for action to encourage students to join youth organizations.

  • Are youth organizations recognized as a program of personal development and community social involvement ("personal commitment")?

    Yes. As of 2014 it is possible to realize the volunteer hours of personal commitment in all the youth organizations recognized by the Ministry of Education.

  • Do organizations charge a fee for participating in activities?

    Most organizations charge a fee, but this is usually only a token fee, with many being just a serious fee. This, in the belief that an educational process is made possible by perseverance and regularity of arrival, and a token payment creates a sense of commitment. However, as stated the goal is of course to allow children and teenagers from all walks of life to join the activity, so it is a token fee if any.

  • What is the difference between a youth movement and a youth organization?

    In both cases, it is an organization that provides youth with a quality informal value education after school hours, but there are two things that differentiate between the movement and the youth organization:
    A. A youth organization focuses on professional tools (creation and art, preparation for the IDF, patrols, saving lives, scouting, etc.), and around it the value-based educational activity is formed, with a youth movement educating for an ideological and often political worldview, and building its value world around that perception.
    B. In a youth organization the training staff is based on a combination of a majority of adult professional instructors alongside young instructors, in a youth movement most of the instructors should be young instructors.

  • Why youth organizations?

    Reality has changed. Today's youth are thirsty for innovative and intriguing activities in other areas of interest that employ them. Through the professional tool, youth organizations harness children and youth to attractive, relevant and diverse educational activities that leave the trainees with a taste of more.



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