Educational Institutions

Youth Renewal Fund

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.youthrenewalfund.org

Mission Statement

Youth Renewal Fund is changing
Israel’s schools, communities and educational landscape. Through supplemental
student classes, professional development programs for teachers and single
subject learning centers, YRF helps Israeli children discover and harness the
power of education as a means to improve quality of life for themselves, their
community and their country.

Main Programs

  1. Ethan H. Freed Learning Center
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

YRF works in
disadvantaged communities— communities that are below Israel’s socioeconomic
average—with low educational achievement.
 
Currently YRF has programs in the
following Israeli communities: Afula, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Emek HaChula, Gan
Yavne, Givat Olga, Lod, Netanya, Ramla, Tel Aviv and Tirat Carmel.

ruling year

1992

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Karen Berman

Keywords

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Education, Israel, Youth

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Also Known As

YRF

EIN

13-3641489

 Number

6304747812

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Ethan H. Freed Learning Center

In the spring of
2006, 12-year-old Ethan Freed and his family traveled to Israel, where in
addition to touring historic sites, they visited the YRF English Center in
Tirat Carmel. Although originally planned as a short visit, the Freeds enjoyed
the visit so much that they chose to spend most of the afternoon instructing,
conversing and laughing with several classrooms of enthusiastic students. Ethan’s unique ability to connect with others
found an outlet here; the Israeli children responded immediately to his
thoughtfulness, patience, and warmth. It is for this reason that the
Freed family, longtime supporters of Youth Renewal Fund, chose to build a new
learning center in Israel in Ethan’s memory – just like the one that so
inspired their son. The Ethan H. Freed Learning Center was conceived as a
testament to Ethan’s tremendous capacity for giving and his commitment to
learning.
 The Ethan H. Freed
Learning Center is a hub of technology and innovation, designed to improve English
proficiency in Ramla, Israel. There are approximately 10,500 students in the
community, and more than 60% of them live in poverty. Programs in the EHFLC
specifically target these students, who are often the ones to suffer most from
inadequate learning facilities, overcrowded classrooms and a lack of qualified
English teachers at their schools. Stocked with computers, literature,
textbooks and educational games, the Center offers students a distinctive and
interactive setting to learn English, which is vital to their success at
school, in the military and in their future careers.

 Students come to the
Center both during and after the regular school day. They study in small groups and participate in hands-on learning
activities such as drama, music, arts and crafts, and online research – all
conducted in English. Specially-trained YRF teachers work side-by-side
with school teachers to instruct students and leverage the Center’s resources.
Students look forward to their trips to the EHFLC, as it represents an exciting
setting in which they can improve their English that is different from their
regular classroom. As funding becomes available, programming at the EHFLC will
expand to accommodate additional after-school classes and evening learning
opportunities for the entire community in partnership with the municipality.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)

Male Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$277,270.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

YRF works in
disadvantaged communities— communities that are below Israel’s socioeconomic
average—with low educational achievement.
 
Currently YRF has programs in the
following Israeli communities: Afula, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Emek HaChula, Gan
Yavne, Givat Olga, Lod, Netanya, Ramla, Tel Aviv and Tirat Carmel.

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YOUTH RENEWAL FUND
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Youth Renewal Fund

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Karen Berman

BIO

Karen Berman, YRF's Executive Director in New York, joined the Youth Renewal Fund in May of 2002. Karen has over 16 years of management and operations experience. After a successful career working in both small and large for-profit organizations, Karen joined YRF to apply her professional expertise to the Jewish communal world, a segment in which she has always been active as a lay leader. Karen graduated from Harvard College and received an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Samuel Katz

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