SVB Israel Supports Center for At-Risk YouthNovember 29, 2013 Posted by: David Cohen
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ELEM Israel is a national program for children and youth designed to make comprehensive changes in society by serving at-risk youth and their families. As part of Silicon Valley Bank’s global community service campaign in celebration of 30 years in business, the SVB Israel team spent a day at Migdalor (Light House, in English) Afterschool Activity Center in the city of Lod, which helps youth in distress. The not-for-profit center serves young people between 13-17 years of age who go to school in the surrounding area.
The Migdalor Center’s ultimate goal is to help keep Israeli teens off the streets while offering productive recreational, learning, and social activities. This specific center is located in a high-risk area where teens can benefit from knowing that there are safe places to spend time with their peers.
Seven eager SVB volunteers spent the day working on a variety of upgrade projects for the space including painting, installing benches and creating a small garden oasis with plenty of shade to enjoy. We were thrilled when the kids who attend Migdalor joined us after school. Many of them had seen the space just the day before and were instantly able to see the changes, including two giant murals that say:
‘Even when on the right track, you might still get run over if you just sit there’ and
‘The poorest person is not the one who has no money, but the one who has no dream’
Naama Ezra runs the Center and she said: “Many volunteers come here on a daily basis and give their time to the kids and the Center itself. We greatly appreciate SVB volunteers and the work they have done.”
From our anniversary celebration to ELEM’s, we would like to congratulate ELEM on 30 years of service and wish them continued success and perseverance as they improve the lives of young people locally.
Learn more about ELEM’s important work and the lives Migdalor Center has changed in our community on ELEM’s website.
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