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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.