Encouraging our fellows

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Ani Shlishi

Israel

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Vision

At Ani Shlishi, at-risk youth develop the skills and self-esteem necessary to build a bright future.

Ani Shlishi collects used clothing for resale at its second-hand stores and employs youth at risk at every point along the operational chain to provide them with practical sales, customer service, problem-solving, and leadership skills, preparing them for success in the workplace and in life.

Activity

Ani Shlishi’s philosophy is “First comes the greater good, the welfare of others is Second, and I am Third.” This principle guides the organization’s efforts in support of youth with little or no family support who have dropped out of school and struggle with significant emotional and behavioral issues. Ani Shlishi’s stores operate as alternative schools, building self-esteem through accountability while teaching practical workplace, financial, and interpersonal skills that are transferable to any working environment.

Ani Shlishi hires teens for paid six-month internships in the stores, guiding them through hands-on, practical experience in sales and customer service. During this process interns are provided with valuable leadership skills that enrich them personally and empower them to create change in their communities.

As participants learn the many aspects of store operations they work as part of a team, and their responsibilities are steadily increased as they take on management duties. By the end of their rotation each intern is ready to obtain employment, begin working toward a degree, start a vocational course, register for National Service, or enlist in the army. Participants also receive one-on-one mentorship and guidance in budgeting, resume preparation, job search techniques, and interview skills before and after graduation from the program.

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