About/Who We Are
Ma'agalim is a national-educational organization working primarily with at-risk youth in Israel's social periphery.
We believe that the teenage years are the most crucial in formulating a wholesome, positive outlook on life. The events and encounters teens experience during this time will affect their future decisions, actions and eventually life choices, and we're here to ensure it is constructive and productive.
Founded in 1998, Ma'agalim began training mentors and counselors, and has been providing students entering grades 11 and 12 with invaluable social skills, community awareness, Jewish identity and the importance of IDF service.
Currently, Ma'agalim offers four different programs designed to provide at-risk youth with mentorship, self-confidence and a sense of meaning. The Ma'agalim High School Mentor Program supports over 6000 students in 65 high schools across the country. The Women Empowerment Program and the Shitufim Program are geared towards women and individuals dealing with difficult life circumstances, and provide motivation alongside practical life skills and tools to enhance their chances at a better life. Finally, the Ma'agalim Graduate Program is specifically designed for post-military participants, and provides empowerment, career advice and a personal coaching program to ease the transition back to civilian life.
Throughout the various programs, students are introduced to pre-military tracks, as well as employment and education opportunities.
Our vision is centered around the belief that at-risk youth have infinite potential to break the glass ceiling, and create a caring, empathetic and motivated community, infused with a sense of belonging and a desire to promote change.
We aspire to further pursue these important goals, and expand our activities to include youth from every single district within the country.
If you believe every life can change, and every teen deserves a chance – join us in making that happen!