Mobile Clubhouse in Jaffa
Engaging children at risk through community
Many children in Jaffa, especially from the Arab community, roam the streets from the early afternoon (after school) until evening due to a lack of parental supervision, limited availability or use of community services in the local area, and a lack of structured activities stemming from the families’ low socio-economic status. There, they are exposed to crime, delinquent behaviors and other risks. Many commit vandalism and other anti-social behaviors, and some are recruited as drug traffickers. Because these children do not access the community centers nearby, it is important to bring the community center to them. In addition to engaging them in fun and age-appropriate activities, the presence of a responsible adult who can provide appropriate support and guidance is vital.
The Mobile Clubhouse will be a vehicle equipped with fun activities and refreshments to bring to the many children in Jaffa who roam the streets after school. It will contain PlayStation games, music equipment, board games, beanbags The operators of the vehicle will also provide supervision and support to the children, referring them to additional social services where required. It will operate Sunday to Thursday from 4.00pm until 9.00pm. It will move from place to place but focus on areas where children are known to congregate, such as local parks and Jaffa Port.
The Tel Aviv Foundation is seeking a philanthropic investment to fund the startup and operation of the Mobile Clubhouse for three years to create lasting impact.
Requested donation: $200,000