In 2006, Israel’s Ministry of Education urged Yemin Orde Youth Village to expand its unique and successful circle of care to thousands of other youth at-risk throughout Israel and, consequently, Yemin Orde's Village Way Educational Initiatives was launched.
Directed by education visionary Chaim Peri, the Initiatives directly impact Israel’s struggling youth village populations by providing teacher training, workshops, interventions and other special programs. Its innovative "Village Way" methodologies are designed to enhance the spiritual well-being, character development and leadership potential of first-generation Israelis who come from poverty-stricken families and broken homes.
Watch the following videos to learn more about the Educational Initiatives and how this innovative and successful educational methodology is changing the nature of education for at-risk youth in Israel. The two videos below showcase the highly successful Village Way Educational Initiatives 2016 symposium, attended by nearly 1,000 of Israel's top educators, and an overview of the successes and expansion of the Village Way methodology throughout Israel.
The Village Way's resources and training through its Derech Kfar (Village Way) Educational Institute are widely praised throughout Israel as a model of educational excellence. Its methodologies are integrated into university-level education courses (Oranim University, Haifa) and in Israel’s public school system, including schools in the Israeli-Arab communities.
As of September, 2015 the Village Way is working with 26 educational communities in Israel:
- 10 Ministry of Education youth villages
- 13 Public high schools
- 3 Ministry of Welfare therapeutic residential schools
Click map to enlarge view of Village Way partners in Israel.
- Neveh Amiel
- Kedma (northern Negev)
- TOM (coastal plain region)
- Neveh Hadassah (Sharon region)
- Aloney Yitzhak (near Cesearea)
- Kfar Hassidim (lower Galillee, near Haifa)
- Ketziney Yam Ashdod (southern coastal region)
- Manof (northern region)
- Hadassah Neurim (Mediterranean Sea coast, near Netanya)
- Nahalat Yehuda (in partnership with Avi Naor's Youth Village initiative)
COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOLS
- Branco-Weiss Tachkimoni School (Hadera)
- Beit Shean Ort Technology (Beit Shean)
- Marom Acco Ort Technology (Acco)
- Amal Yaffo School (Tel Aviv)
- Beit Ha'arava Ort Technology (Jerusalem)
- Yad Shapira Ort Technology (Tel Aviv)
- Daliyat Al Karmel Ort Technology (Haifa)
- Amal Shimshon Technical School (Lower Galilee)
- Ashdod Amal Technology (Ashdod)
- Adivi Ashkelon Ort Technology (Ashkelon)
- Mahat Acco Ort Technology* (Acco)
- Tamra High School* – serving 146 students from the Arab community.
- ORT Mitrani Holon High School
*Part of the Arab Sector Initiative of the Kennedy Leigh Charitable Trust
RESIDENTIAL THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITIES
- Eden Therapeutic (community for girls)
- Talpiot (residential and day programs, children 6-14 years old)
- Beit Haboger (community for boys)
Since beginning the program, the Village Way has reached more than 11,800 children and 1,500 staff members.
Two leading colleges in Israel are teaching the Village Way educational methodology in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Outside of Israel, the Village Way has assisted and inspired other projects for at-risk children in such diverse places as the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda and San Pasqual Academy in San Diego.
Update: Read a 2015 report on the expansion and success of the Village Way Educational Initiatives in Israel.
Yemin Orde's Village Way Educational Initiatives is ready for the next phase of its expansion. Its methodology has proved itself an effective and relevant educational and life skills tool in theory and in practice in a variety of settings. Village Way leadership is pursuing the possibility of working with an entire town’s education system (1,200 children) and is currently working with a public high school in an Israeli-Arab community. The Marcus Foundation of Atlanta, Ga., has made an additional commitment to the Village Way of $6.5 million over five years beginning in 2013.
The goal is to reach an additional 30 communities by 2020.
Village Way Educational Initiatives is an independent entity supported through the fundraising efforts of Friends of Yemin Orde. Yemin Orde Youth Village continues to serve as a model of excellence for the Educational Initiatives as well as provide facilities for staff and teacher training and workshops for professionals from around the world.