The Stepping Stone Program for At-Risk Teenage Girls The Joyce Black Stepping Stone program addresses the unique needs of 15 at-risk teenage girls in South Tel Aviv. The program participants are referred to Stepping Stone by the social welfare authorities, with the majority coming from homes with parents who are struggling immigrants, work long hours, and are unable to provide their children with the financial and emotional support that they need. Even more distressing, some of the teenage girls are not in contact with one or both of their parents due to parental incarceration or substance abuse. By providing hot meals, academic support, recreational activities, and empowerment workshops within a warm, home-like environment, Stepping Stone empowers the girls to overcome significant barriers to success.
Stepping Stone recently expanded to include an additional program site in Yehud, accommodating 15 at-risk teenage girls, most of whom are Ethiopian-Israeli. The Jaffa Institute also launched a similar program for at-risk teenage girls in Bat Yam, in partnership with the municipality.