An unfortunate 50% of the Jaffa Institute’s target population currently lives at or below the poverty line and 30% of them regularly receive local welfare services. In addition, both the unemployment rate and the rate of single mothers in Jaffa are double that of Israel’s overall census. Unfortunately, the ones who are the most affected by these distressing statistics are the children of Jaffa and south Tel Aviv, with 53% of them dropping out of school before completing the 12th grade.
Experts conclude that the time directly after school, especially the first hour, are the peak hours for juvenile crimes and risky behaviors among youth. For this reason it is necessary for children who live in especially high risk areas to be involved in organized after school programming or tutoring. Not only does it give the children a chance to escape from those situations that can threaten their safety and future, but after school programs have been shown to improve academic achievement among children who attend. When children do better in school they are less likely to dropout.
The Jaffa Institute firmly believes that given the opportunities and resources to reach their full academic potentials, children can be enabled to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty into which they were born. In order to help students reach their full academic potentials, The Jaffa institute offers a number of Academic Support programs to the underpriveliged children of Jaffa and South Tel Aviv, including one-on-one tutoring, morning & after school enrichment centers (or “Moadonit”), a scholarship program, and residential campuses for at-risk youth. Collectively, the Jaffa Institute’s Academic Support Programs are designed to level the academic playing field so that children in the Jaffa Institute’s impoverished service areas can compete with those from more privileged school districts.
The Jaffa Institute offers a number of Academic Support programs: