Many of today’s teenagers are what we might describe as “at-risk.” We see these kids hanging out on street corners and dropping out of the yeshiva system. Whereas not too long ago, this problem was localized and relatively small, it has become more widespread and epidemic today.
Some people within the Jewish community believe that there is a lack of individual attention given to our children within the yeshiva system. It’s very hard to blame the yeshivos because lack of funding often leads to oversized classrooms.
Before the problems surface, getting your child the individual guidance and instruction he needs academically can stave off feelings of desperation and frustration. Young adolescents who begin to exhibit some of these attributes could simply be looking for some sense of accomplishment, rather than consistent failure.
At SOS, we work to attend to teenager’s very real academic and social needs.