Children and youth

In view of the large gaps within the education system, we focus our efforts on low-performing schools and support their teams in building pedagogic and management capabilities as a key to improving the students’ achievements. Informal education is another main field of activity, helping to develop personal talent along with 21st century skills such as collaboration, leadership and initiative.
A community-based approach guides our work with at-risk children and youth, whose path towards integration in mainstream frameworks is paved through continuous contact with the family and community institutions.

Selected programs

Formal education


Introducing kindergarten children to a STEM-enriched environment develops their scientific and technological literacy along with an appetite for learning more.


Advancing elementary schools in the periphery with a range of complementary solutions including managerial guidance, educational reinforcement and individual therapies for children with emotional difficulties.

Pedagogic Network for Elementary Schools

Intensive pedagogic coaching for the teams in low-performing elementary schools builds their capability to lead change and provide top-quality education for all their students.

hello tech

A large-scale educational initiative to promote equal opportunity for youth in the periphery and populations under-represented in Israel’s high-tech sector, aiming to pave their way to a career in technology fields

Carasso Science Park

The interactive exhibits of the science museum invite visitors, and particularly school children from across the southern region, to discover scientific principles and their connection to our daily lives.

Informal education


The national cyber education program creates opportunities for youth in the periphery to excel in cyber-tech, equipping them with knowledge and tools for a future high-tech career.


An enrichment program in computers and technology for junior high-school students that introduces them to up-to-date technologies while developing self-learning and teamwork skills.


Providing teenage girls with knowledge and skills in cyber and computers that they can apply in technology assignments in military or civil service, and eventually in high-tech careers

Science Leadership

Sparking children’s interest in science and technology through experiential learning activities, with youth acting as counselors and enriching their own skills and knowledge.

Carasso Science Park

The interactive exhibits of the science museum invite visitors, and particularly school children from across the southern region, to discover scientific principles and their connection to our daily lives.

Ne’urim Centers

Community centers for youth and young adults in Druze society offering informal activity to build personal capabilities, leadership and social involvement.

At-risk populations

Warm Homes for teenage girls

Centers in the community where girls at risk enjoy a positive experience of acceptance, gain life skills and take an active role in shaping their own future.

Community Anchor Youth Village

A unique youth village offering several complementary services for youth in different risk situations, without cutting them off from the family and the surrounding community.

Challenge Centers

Educational reinforcement combined with social activity and adventure sports help youth to build a sense of capability and prevent them from dropping out of school.

Additional programs

Karev program

Incorporating a wide range of enrichment activities into the school day for kindergarten and elementary school children; a nationwide program of the Ministry of Education operated jointly by Tafnit Association and the Association of Community Centers.


Extended school day for children who need extra support, with lunch, educational reinforcement, enrichment and individual treatment; operated by Tafnit Association as part of a nationwide program of the Ministry of Education.

Start Matriculation Program

An accelerated learning method for narrowing gaps allows under-achieving students who are on the verge of dropping out to graduate from high school with a matriculation diploma.

Jusidman Center for science-oriented youth

Built at Ben-Gurion University in partnership between Rashi, Keren Daniel, the Ministry of Education and the municipality of Be’er Sheva, the Center is home to all the University’s youth programs and serves as a model for the involvement of academic institutes in advancing STEM education for school students.

Treatment centers for victims of sexual abuse

An initiative to create a nationwide network of centers that specialize in treating children and their families as well as in community-oriented education and training. After developing the model in cooperation with the Ministry of Welfare and the National Insurance Institute, it became a state-funded service operated by NGOs, among them associations that are part of the Rashi Network.

Social exit

Odyssey (Future Scientists and Inventors)

Aiming to nurture Israel’s future scientific-technological leadership, the program invites exceptionally talented youth to develop their knowledge and capabilities through academic-level studies and research. Taking it from startup to an established program, Rashi handed it over to the Maimonides Fund’s Future Scientists Center for advancement of talented and gifted youth.

Darca School Network

Darca was established in 2011 in partnership with Alliance-KIAH in order to create opportunities in education for high school students in the periphery and in socioeconomically weak cities. It is ranked now among the best school networks in Israel and has recruited strategic partners that ensure its continued activity for years to come.


A large-scale project to promote STEM education in the southern region via a continuum of formal and informal education programs, from kindergarten to high school. After being developed as a joint initiative of Rashi and the Ministry of Education, the Ministry took over and even duplicated the model in the northern region.

School Lunch program

The program that provides a nutritious meal as an essential part of an extended school day was launched following a pilot initiated by Rashi and the National Insurance Institute. Tafnit Association of the Rashi Network operated the program in its first stage, when it expanded to reach hundreds of thousands of children and its sustainability was secured through the Daily School Lunch Law of 2005.