Israel is facing a new and troubling reality: a growing number of youth at risk on the streets of its largest cities. While many organizations have been established to meet the needs of these vulnerable teens, certain groups remain permanently and dangerously sidelined, such as the population consisting of hundreds of English-speaking youth. These Anglo youth and teenagers, who are wrongly stereotyped as members of an affluent and integrated immigrant community, are suffering from poverty, isolation, and neglect. They are estranged from any rehabilitative framework in which to recover and rejoin society.
The Crossroads Center was established in 2001 to meet the needs of these English-speaking teens. As the only organization actively targeting this population, Crossroads offers a range of intervention services in order to support those in need. A team of social workers, therapists, and volunteers work to ensure that as many at-risk teens as possible can be reached, assisted, and empowered.