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Friends of Yemin Orde Awarded $6.5 Million Grant By Marcus Foundation of Atlanta
Atlanta's Marcus Foundation awards a $6.5 million grant to Friends of Yemin Orde to enable Yemin Orde Educational Initiatives to broaden its methodology to more therapeutic residential communities and schools for at-risk youth in Israel.
Friends of Yemin Orde (http://www.yeminorde.org/)
YOEI partners with youth villages and schools in Israel where large populations of at-risk children struggle with learning and emotional difficulties. Through YOEI’s Educational Institute, educators receive teacher training, workshops and interventions that help apply the Village Way methodology (http://www.yeminorde.org/
“Thanks to the generous partnership of the Marcus Foundation, Yemin Orde Educational Initiatives has made a tremendous impact over the past five years in transforming education for Israeli immigrant and at-risk youth,” said Michael Frieze, Chairman, Friends of Yemin Orde. “The first challenge gift of two dollars for every dollar raised by Friends of Yemin Orde has allowed the Village Way educational model and its methodology, as developed at Yemin Orde Youth Village, to reach over 400 educators working with over 2,000 children in five different youth villages, plus a community-based school.”
Chaim Peri (http://www.yeminorde.org/
Since 1999, Bernie Marcus, Co-Founder, Home Depot, and the Marcus Foundation have made gifts totaling $14 million dollars for programs at Yemin Orde Youth Village and more recently for Yemin Orde Educational Initiatives. Marcus was astonished at the positive impact Yemin Orde and Peri’s Village Way methodology had on traumatized children in Israel.
The Marcus Foundation requires specific benchmarks to evaluate short term and long term success of the YOEI expansion program. Tracking of graduates is a key component of the evaluation. By the end of 2017, YOEI hopes to impact another 15 communities, including 10 high schools and five therapeutic boarding schools.
Philanthropic support provides funding for the training programs and seminars developed at the Derech Kfar (Village Way) (http://www.yeminorde.org/
Friends of Yemin Orde is the U.S.-based fundraising arm of Yemin Orde Youth Village and YOEI. The youth village provides a home, a safe haven and an education to hundreds of Israel’s at-risk youth from around the world; YOEI is an independent entity created to spread the successful educational methodology implemented at Yemin Orde to other villages and schools in Israel. For information, visit www.yeminorde.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto: email@example.com)