Negev Dinner to support Kiryat Shmona’s Israel Tennis Centre

JNF Ottawa is proud to support ITC Kiryat Shmona for the 2018 Negev Dinner honouring Daniel Alfredsson.

JNF Ottawa Negev Dinner 2018 proceeds will help to fund the Social Services infrastructure of the Israel Tennis Centre in Kiryat Shmona, thereby making it easier for a growing number of youth-at-risk to access essential programs and social services and wellness activities.


Since 1976, ITC has become one of the largest social services organizations in Israel and has provided thousands of youth at risk with critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. Municipalities now recognize the Youth at Risk Program for stabilizing communities, reducing crime rates and improving childrens’ academic performance and behaviour. As such, there is a huge demand for ITC to expand existing at-risk programs across most of its 14 centres.
From Israel’s northern Kiryat Shmona to Be’er Sheva in the south, the ITCs offer a variety of essential services and programs, including specially designed programs for Youth at Risk, special programs for children of immigrant parents, homework tutoring, English Language Fluency and a Special Olympics program for special needs children, including the hearing impaired. A Sport Psychology Program helps children with communication, focus and concentration, problem solving and issues related to stress, pressure and anger. Tennis programs are offered for children and adults, from beginners to advanced players.
All of these programs are open to all children living in Israel, regardless of background, religious affiliation or economic circumstance. No child is ever turned away.


ITC integrated into the community referral network
Students at risk are referred to the ITC from local schools, municipalities, the National Program for Children and Youth at Risk and other NGOs such as the Israel Anti-Drug Authority. Their behavior issues are often a clear indication of the need they have for a safe, structured and nurturing place to go after school. The ITC introduces them to comprehensive and holistic programs that combine sport, socialization and role-modeling within a pressure-free and nurturing environment where they can feel appreciated, loved and encouraged to develop positively. They receive help with homework and counseling on broader social issues involving family and friends. These programs help children at-risk attain normative patterns of behavior, while equipping them with tools that will help them deal successfully with pressures at home and in school.



Tuesday, November 13, 2018