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HILA: Helping Teens Achieve

Friends of Ariel IMG-20160331-WA0086is proud to announce support for the HILA program, a unique school for at-risk teens in danger of slipping through the cracks of the conventional school system.

The HILA program for the advancement of youth gives opportunities and life back to teens who have dropped out of conventional middle and high schools for any number of issues, both psychological and physiological.

HILA reaches these teens with a dedicated army of teachers, social workers, and volunteers who work every day to bring these teens back into society – and give them tools for adult life. Many teens have successfully graduated with a 12-year education certificate – equivalent to a IMG-20160215-WA0001GED – which would enable them to enroll in a pre-college program to achieve matriculation exams and to eventually have access to higher education. The certificate is a crucial prerequisite to employment in Israel on any career level.

Teens enrolled in the program have found themselves again through an education plan tailored for individuals’ needs; music, art, and cultural programs; hiking and nature trips to help foster confidence and leadership skills; and a “home away from home” environment which gives teens a safe place to learn and stay during the week.

HILA has reached dozens of teens despite low funding. Your donation could provide months of meal plans to help those who arrive at school without enough to eat.

Just $30 is enough for one week’s worth of meals for 5 teens; $180 would provide one month’s worth of meals for the whole program. A little could go a long way!