Alumni of National Civic Service: Comparing the experience of at-risk and mainstream volunteers

Anat Zeira, Rivka Tuval-Mashiach, Galit Meir, Drorit Levy, Tehila Refaeli, Rami Benbenishty

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Abstract

This article describes the perspectives of alumni of National Civic Service (NCS) in Israel on its impact at the individual level. We compared 250 young women who were identified as youth at risk with 295 mainstream volunteers. Overall, the two groups show similar outcomes that are typical to this developmental stage of life. Yet youth at risk experience more difficulties. While NCS aims at increasing equality between groups, it seems that it is not enough to bridge the gaps between the groups. The findings imply a need for a continued intervention to accompany the at-risk alumni that would leverage the progress made during the NCS period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1027-1041
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Social Work
Volume61
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2018

Keywords

  • Israel
  • National Civic Service
  • transition to adulthood
  • transition to independent living
  • youth at risk

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