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Amit La’Derech
A Friend Alongside

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Creating a Better Future for Vulnerable IDF Veterans

Amit La’Derech was established in 2013 and every year thousands of at-risk soldiers leave the army only to return to the same challenging reality from which they came. And without proper guidance and support they are more susceptible to further risks and distress.

​Our organization accompanies these young people in their new path, teaching them real life skills.

Our non-profit operates nationwide, servicing about 400 young people using over 100 volunteers. We have more than 300 graduates of our program to date.

It is led by an executive committee which includes the former chief of staff and commander of the Israeli Air Force Dan Halutz, Maj. Gen. (res.) Amram Mitzna, Maj. Gen. (res.) Hagi Topolansky who also serves as chairman of the non-profit.

There are approximately 200,000 at-risk youths in Israel. Only 30% receive any form of assistance. Every year thousands of soldiers from disadvantaged backgrounds are discharged from the army only to return to their high risk environments.
 

Our mission

 

"I feel like I'm a pillar that the wind is trying to knock down but Amit La' Derech is supporting me from every direction" (Ariel, graduate of the program)

A Friend Alongside (Amit La’Derech) strives to successfully integrate young veteran soldiers from disadvantaged backgrounds into civilian life and society.

There are approximately 200,000 at-risk youths in Israel. Only 30% receive any form of assistance. Every year more than 5,000 soldiers from disadvantaged backgrounds are discharged from the army only to return to their high risk environments.

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The mentor is a volunteer who comes with life experience to assist a sensitive and profound personal
process.

 
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Amit LaDerech provides accessible solutions such as an array of potential job placements, assists with individual tutoring, we have an educational scholarship
fund, can help with therapy and more.

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In addition to individual work, the former soldiers participate in group workshops on a variety of topics such as: employment, education, financial management, decision-making, and more. Furthermore, they take part
in activities that promote social involvement.

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We have a built-in program for assistance and guidance and including, among other things a personal mentoring program and group support sessions.

הדרך מורכבת מתכנית ליווי אישית מותאמת לצעירים עת יציאתם לאזרחות מהשירות הצבאי הכוללת שני מרכיבים:

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"When you enlist in the army, you only think about survival. You don’t have the opportunity to think about the future or even ask the question "What am I going to do when I grow up?" You only think about how you can get back on your feet, settle your debts, and cope with all your concerns and fears. These thoughts make you feel hopeless and this hopelessness paralyzes you. When you feel paralyzed you cannot do anything. It's like a circle which never ends’’.

Our Board of Directors

 
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Amram Mitznah

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Hagi Topolanski

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Nataly Sapiro

In order to help them- we need your support!

Complex and challenging days have a more severe effect on those young participants in our program particularly due to the issues surrounding the Corona crisis. The number of Inquiries of newly discharged soldiers to our organization is growing and unfortunately, we are unable to provide them the required response.

In order to help them- we need your support!

 

Every donation helps – it truly does!
To donate in Israel
Bank Transfer to "Amit La' derech"
Bank No.12
Branch 780
Account 366001

Our partners

 
 

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