Restoring Hope and Creating Educational Solutions In Israel

The Academy is a therapeutic residential rehabilitation program for at-risk teens from all over Israel who struggle with juvenile delinquency, drug and alcohol addiction and homelessness. Located in the remote Jordan Valley village of Gadi, 30 teens participate in a year long program that combines individual and group therapy with physical fitness, agriculture, animal husbandry and education. The goal of the Academy is to empower the teen graduates to maintain their sobriety, return to the normative path of induction into the Israel Defense Forces or National Service, strengthen their Jewish identity and become productive citizens in Israel’s society. For the participants, this is literally the last stop before they fall through the cracks of Israeli society. 

My Brother’s Keeper International is partnering with the Academy to build an emergency and second stage housing compound for Academy graduates on active duty and IDF veterans. This initiative represents a continuum of care providing housing, mentorship and case management services for Academy alumni who have completed their IDF service but need help transitioning to civilian life and applying for college, trade school or university. A portion of the compound will be dedicated for emergency housing for teens who have been incarcerated. Teens referred by the Ministry of Welfare will be assessed and placed in a preliminary recovery group and be eligible for the next open enrollment in the Academy. The estimated cost of MBKI’s partnership is $80,000.