Youth who are troubled often find it difficult to focus and do well in the classroom. Many of them drop out of school and look for jobs but have difficulty entering the workforce, keeping them on a continuing downward spiral.
ELEM helps these youth to get Off the Streets and On to Life by integrating them into special independent business initiatives and offering job training. This program lets them become acquainted with the business world and gain practical skills, while learning to take responsibility for themselves and accept a disciplined work environment.
A wonderful example of a ELEM’s vocational projects is Klafte, a new woman’s clothing store in downtown Jerusalem on Agrippas Street. The store sells new fashionable clothing donated by clothing manufacturers. ELEM youth who work at the store learn general business, while being mentored by an ELEM social worker. As their competence improves, their self-confidence rises and these youth are better able to handle the challenges in their lives and look for other employment.