What is the Young Mothers Program?
The Young Mothers Program provides at-risk young mothers with personal mentors to help develop skills for independent living such as preparation for the job market, securing housing and maximizing their government benefits. The program also advocates for broad policy changes.
Where do we operate?
The program currently operates in two regional centers in Central and Southern Israel. Beyond the two centers, ELEM’s programs in Petach Tikva, Dimona, and Eilat are the only community-based services that cater to at-risk young Israeli mothers.
ELEM is the leading NGO aiding young mothers at-risk.
The Young Mothers Program currently serves 150 mothers, up from 30 mothers in 2020.
The Program launched the first cycle of the Technology Training Initiative that provides young mothers with on-site job training (OJT.) We expect 10% of the mothers to be employed by the end of 2022.
ELEM is working on broad policy changes by building professional partnerships, establishing a cross-sector coalition, and advocating for innovation in employment and housing to benefit young mothers. In 2022 the coalition fought to advance housing solutions for young mothers, and we’ve seen some progress made.
“I find myself skipping meals. When I go to the supermarket I almost always need to choose what to invest the money in. A mother shouldn’t have to choose between eating or feeding her baby and saying 'yes' to accompanying a man just so she can afford baby food.”L.19, A Young Mother at-risk