About Dolev Homes for Youth at Risk
“A Network of Projects for Israeli Youth at Risk”
We believe that everyone has the hidden potential to succeed. Our mission is to give our disadvantaged youth the opportunity to succeed in life by increasing their self-esteem and teaching them life and vocational skills.
Why we are unique:
Ulpanat Dolev is the only school for youth at risk that integrates its students on a weekly basis in the homes of Dolev families, where they experience a nurturing environment and positive parenting models. We are the only school in Israel that has a program for graduates who are not emotionally ready to enter society on their own and have no biological family to provide for them.
The Israel Ministries of Welfare and Education subsidize 80 percent of the school’s operational costs and our 8 satellite projects in Ashdod for youth at risk.
History of Dolev Homes:
The mother project- Ulpanat Dolev– founded in 1988, is a residential rehabilitation center and school in Dolev near Modiin for 111 high-risk girls (ages 10-19) from all over Israel. Referred to the school by the courts, local social workers and school counselors, most of our girls have been removed from unsupportive environments and abusive relationships that have caused learning problems, underachievement in school, emotional insecurity, and trauma.
Today in Dolev our students live on and off campus in 10 different mishpachtonim– group family units comprised of one nuclear family living together with 8-12 troubled teenagers. Besides the standard high school curriculum, they study cosmetology, event planning, and early childhood education (to learn proper mothering skills). They enjoy myriad therapies (equestrian, arts, video) and now Vocational Tracks- “OFEK”- certification for Computer Repair, Video Production, and Commercial Baking.