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Israel’s Most Vulnerable Youth: ELEM’s Advocacy during COVID

Hosted By: The America Israel Friendship League (AIFL)

Over the last year COVID-19 has ravaged the world. Phrases such as incubation period, fatality rate and quarantine became commonplace and discussions about mental health were no longer taboo and ignored.

However, the pandemic often damaged invisible or shadow communities such as at-risk youth. The spike in the numbers of homeless youth in the US and Israel could no longer be ignored.

With increased emotional distress due to loneliness, isolation or being forced to shelter in place under dire circumstances, many were filled with anxiety and depression, facing their fears all alone. Unfortunately, classrooms were vacated in the very place where teachers previously served to recognize early signs of emotional well-being and distress.

Bridging this expanded gap created new challenges for essential organizations, such as ELEM/Youth In Distress in Israel dedicated to transforming the lives of troubled youth in Israel. During this webinar we will learn about:

What changes ELEM has seen in the demographic they serve
What particular needs have increased exponentially
How they expanded their services and kept their shelters open during this crucial time
How they continued to create a safe space for Israeli youth under such trying circumstances

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