Sela- Prevention program for girls in distress
An estimated 30,000 adolescent young women in Israel struggle with issues related to body image and self-confidence, poor social relationships, low self-esteem, and academic under achievement. Professionally trained female university students are matched up with young girls on a one-on-one basis and have weekly sessions which investigate topics aimed at raising their self-image, self-confidence, as well as their self-awareness. 10-15 of these pairs form a group providing a safe space where significant caring and sharing takes place. The Sela program’s primary goal is reducing the number of girls who are experiencing verbal, physical, and sexual abuse by helping them to break out of the vicious cycle which could lead to substance abuse, violence, theft, and prostitution.