International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The HILA Program: A Second Chance for Youth at Risk
Himi Hana

The article describes research concerning the HILA Basic Education program for the inclusion of at-risk adolescents in Israel, aimed at improving the adolescents’ functioning to the point of reintegration in normative frameworks. The data presented here relating to HILA activities in 2009-2013, showthat only approximately a third of the youth at risk attending Youth At-Risk Advancement units begin the HILA program and only approximately 50% of them complete the course. These findings indicate that further study is needed to identify means to attract more of the at-risk youth to participate in the HILA program therapeutic and educational intervention and to prevent drop-out so that they would remain within the program until age 18, and gain the necessary skills and resources to improve their functioning in normative society.

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