The Program’s Vision
Youth Futures was developed by JAFI in order to provide children and families in Israel’s geographic and social periphery with opportunities and tools to succeed by realizing their unique inherent potential. The aim is to help children and families exercise their basic right to security, respect and independence.
Strengthen the child’s self-confidence and sense of self-competence
Develop child’s abilities, strengths and talents
Make available social services accessible for the child and his family and expand these services
Create a supportive educational environment for the child at school
Encourage parental involvement in the child’s life and support for the child
Strengthen parental capabilities and contribute to the growth of the family unit.
In order to realize the vision and goals, the program operates based on the following values:
1. Human dignity
Respect for all human beings. Respect for a person’s inherent value as a human, intelligent, rational and unique individual – and maintaining a sense of humility in light of all of the above. Respectful treatment of a person’s fundamental rights in human society. Respect and tolerance of those who are different, with all of their characteristics. Treating each boy and girl as complete human beings, with unique characteristics and aspirations of their own.
Inner passion and determination regarding goals, which result from agreement and identification with the program’s objectives and a sense of affiliation to the program. A positive attitude and hopefulness of the employee toward himself and toward the children and their families, including recognition of the ability to influence personal and environmental change.
Performing one’s duties with discretion directed toward the goal, continual learning and use of extensive knowledge and external auxiliary aids, with flexibility and ability to adapt to changing dynamic conditions. Genuine curiosity to learn new knowledge, become familiar with the relevant work field, using healthy logic, working in a thorough and serious manner, and making intelligent decisions that are well thought out and not randomly reached.
4. Role model
Activity that stems from the understanding that the actions and behavior of all of the program’s employees are what relay and facilitate the program’s vision, goals and values in the best manner. Awareness of the fact that program employees serve as a role model for the children, families and the community.
5. Personal and social responsibility
A feeling of deep, long-lasting commitment to the children, families, community, partners and the program. Commitment that includes caring for one’s self, others and the environment in order to create social change. Commitment to promoting and fostering autonomy and involvement and protecting the best interest of the child, emotionally and physically.
Cooperation with various parties to pool knowledge, experience and capability in order to multiply the power needed to achieve change. Collaboration that stems from humility and expresses respect and appreciation of knowledge, experience and abilities of others. Sharing responsibility enables each partner to discover, use and enhance their own strengths and those of the community and to foster growth. Partnership between the program and the child and his family, between employees and the community and its institutions.
A profound focus on the other enables the program employees, in their supportive and assistive role to gather information using all of their abilities. Information is gathered from what is said and what is not said, sensitivity to body language and gestures and an awareness of social and cultural human contexts. This action is conducted with from a caring, inclusive, warm and loving standpoint, based on the perception of others as deserving respect by virtue of their status as human beings.
Principles Therefore, all program employees undertake to adhere to the following principles:
Program employees will act based on a recognition of the ability of each child and adult to create a change in their lives. In order to realize the potential for change, the employee will work professionally, using awareness, creativity, discretion and flexibility. The employee will not hesitate to take a stand and use all the tools available to him in order to make effective and reasoned decisions that will promote the child and his family.
The actions of program employees will be conducted with a sense of mission that stems from the belief in the child and his abilities. Employees will exhibit tolerance, openness and compassion toward the child and his family. They must be capable of accepting those who are different, to consider them as equals and to respect and develop empathy toward them.
As a basis for support of the child and his family, program employees must be attentive to all of the child’s emotional, cognitive and social needs. The employee will gather information from the child and his environment, through collaboration with the program team and relevant entities in the community: the child’s family, school, social welfare system and other systems in the community. The employee will relate to information on the child and his family with discretion, respect and humility.
Program employees will be involved in the life of the child and his family, while maintaining his independence, respect and privacy. The employee will be available and accessible to the child and his family, while maintaining boundaries and separation between his private life and the work space. The employee will work to empower the child and his family, while encouraging them toward independence, based on an identification and recognition of their strengths, and maintaining transparency, equal treatment and the best interests of the child and the family.
Program employees will work cooperatively with parties involved in the child’s life, in order to promote his goals, by creating recognition of his needs, pooling resources and inclusion. For this purpose, organized work plans will be implemented, and he will work consistently with these parties, while maintaining teamwork based on trust and respect. The employee will present the program to the child and involved parties while maintaining its goals, values and professionalism.