Answering the Needs of GAP Year Students in Israel 
EYE SQUAD
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EYE SQUAD
“Every personal challenge comes to the fore during the gap year in Israel,”
observed a prominent Rosh Yeshiva.
A wide range of issues can plague these students, from loneliness, the ability to adapt to a foreign country, culture, and dorm setting, the first time living away from home, to the more drastic, such as eating disorders, alcohol and drug use and abuse, suicidal thoughts and the like.

Over 7,500 young men and women from English-speaking countries spend a post high school year or more in Israel. It is a truly profound educational and spiritual experience. For the most part, the “Gap Year” participants successfully incorporate the experience into this crucial formative period.

Even if a conservative estimate of 10% of gap year students is in some type of distress, 750 young adults each year are in need of psychological, social, emotional or medical assistance.

Living away from home for the first time, being 18 years old and confronting their unsure future, and being free to come and go in a country where they are of drinking age, minor personal challenges that began to bother students in high school can become full blown crises.

Not wanting to disappoint their parents and teachers, they do not share these challenges with the people who care about them the most.

The fear of being dismissed from their program prevents many students from turning to their school’s personnel who may be of help to them.
The problems are real, and for the most part, they are not being addressed.

Enter Eye Squad 
The Eye Squad’s sole purpose is to listen and respond to these challenges. It does so through a number of mediums.

The Eye Squad offers a confidential, 24 hour telephone and texting hotline and celephone App, manned by non-judgmental, impartial personnel outside their school who will listen, empathize and offer constructive advice. The Eye Squad communicates to each young adult who calls that he or she is not alone, and that there is a way to address their challenge.
Our Staff
Similar to an EMT who is trained to stabilize patients for transport to a hospital for treatment by a fully trained medical professional, Eye Squad Hotline staff members are trained to "stabilize" a caller in terms of his/her particular distress, provide immediate assistance, and offer counseling, rehabilitation, etc. options for long-term resolution of issue(s).

Eye Squad staff members have significant experience in counseling teens both within Israel and in the Diaspora. They attend specialized workshops to hone their skills and learn from experts in the field.

Therapists, social workers, addiction specialists and mental health professionals throughout Israel serve as the Eye Squad's partners and provide resources for students who require a longer term solution.

The Eye Squad also encourages parents, rabbis, high school teachers and therapists to call from the from their home country for advice regarding concerns about their children or students currently studying in Israel. Toll free numbers in the US, Canada, England, Australia and South Africa will be available.  

Our Advisory Committee is made up of community leaders, pulpit rabbis, psychiatrists and therapists, concerned parents, philanthropists, etc. from around the world. Committee members assist the Eye Squad staff in promoting its services, resource development, community exposure and strategic planning. 
Our Advisory Committee
US: 914-775-5120
Israel: 052-694-8905
aaron@eyesquad.org
Founder and director
Eye Squad
Rabbi Aaron S. Tirschwell
Please partner with us!
To launch during the 2019-2020 school year, The Eye Squad needs to raise the $185,000 to hire and train staff and procure the necessary proper equipment for the telephone hotline and smartphone app.

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