ELEM is Israel’s leading nonprofit serving at-risk Israeli youth. Our more than 2,000 volunteers and 280 professionals seek out youth on their turf – on the streets, in schools, on the internet, at bars, nightclubs and more. These youth face tremendous challenges and are affected by domestic violence, substance abuse, neglect, bullying, homelessness and prostitution.
ELEM works with secular and religious Jews; Christian and Muslim Arabs; Bedouins; immigrants, including those from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia; and the LGBTQ community. With 82 diverse programs in 42 cities in Israel, we provide counseling, mentoring, vocational training and a safe space for youth of all backgrounds to get off the streets and become productive members of Israeli society.