In this article, We will present the Star Program, a model developed by the Institute for Democratic Education in Israel to provide a solution for at-risk children and youth in the urban sphere. The model sees the self-fulfillment process among teens as the key to removing them from the at-risk cycle; reducing the overall at-risk phenomenon; and preventing the next generation of at-risk youth.
"All a child needs is one adult to believe in him"
Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach
The Star Program focuses on at-risk populations. In many cases, these populations, originate from disadvantaged populations with economic and social difficulties and are in a situation that is endangering their own lives, the lives of their family members, and their environment. This situation impairs their basic ability to exercise the rights of the individuals among them, as equal citizens.
The Star Program is run as part of an integrated urban system of education, community and welfare services. Its point of departure is that, in order to address youngsters' needs, you must pool resources and create a social "network" of all the city's treatment and educational entities. This urban structure will prevent the teens from "falling between the cracks" vis-à-vis the various treatment and assistance entities.
The program focuses on individual mentoring for high school students who are having trouble fitting in, are at risk, and need emotional support and guidance.
This program constitutes a major factor in having them experience success and develop optimally on the basis of their unique inherent strengths.