Program Highlights

This program provides high-level education that serves to prepare you for your future career. Our students receive the tools they need to succeed and develop the mindset needed to address the complex challenges of supporting at-risk youth in innovative ways. Graduates have the foundation they need to make positive changes and continue to improve their communities throughout their careers.
Graduates receive both a degree and multiple certificates that help them find meaningful employment in their field – even during their studies.
Top lecturers bring unique expertise and insight from the field and the highest standards of current academic knowledge to this program. Students also receive the personal guidance and direction they need to thrive during and after their studies.


Bachelor’s degree studies in the Education and Social Sciences At-Risk Youth program focus on the treatment and assistance of youth in at-risk situations and crime in youth. At Ono Academic College, we believe in our students, and enable them to learn and develop the skills they need to make positive change in society.

Courses within the program tackle topics with great precision, incorporating the latest relevant knowledge from both practical applications in the field and academia. Our experienced lecturers have deep roots in many different parts of social science. With leading lecturers and passionate students, this program offers open and enlightening dialogue.

This program develops leaders and social entrepreneurs who have the creativity, drive, and independence to make real change – and gives them the tools they need to enter a career in this field and start making a real difference. We provide personal attention to students to aid them in achieving the highest standards of excellence.

At Ono Academic College, we believe in leading by example. That’s why our lecturers never stop learning and continue to develop new insights and knowledge for our students. With excellent lecturers, the latest academic knowledge in the field, and innovative learning methods, students at Ono Academic College develop the unique skills and tools they need to prepare for a long career of making a real difference.


Students will be awarded two certificates during the program, enabling employment opportunities during study

  1. Online Protection Guide Certificate
  2. At-Risk Youth in Communities and Boarding Schools Certificate

The degree grants an exemption from the orientation course for care education workers in the youth promotion service.


Who is this degree right for?

Anyone looking to build a career helping at-risk youth in their communities and abroad, including:

  • Those who want to contribute to the state of society’s youth through educational and therapeutic means.
  • Those considering support professions and interested in flexible, independent work that lets you build real connections with youth.


What makes Ono Academic College the right choice for this specialization?

  • Ono Academic College is the only institution in Israel that offers a humanities and social sciences bachelor’s degree program with a focus on at-risk youth. Graduates of this program receive a solid foundation of education and social insight to better understand at-risk youth and develop the intervention skills needed to alleviate risk and guide them to secure positions in society.
  • In this program, you’ll develop the specific knowledge and skills to prepare for a career in helping at-risk youth. You’ll also experience practical learning in the field, which leaves graduates even more qualified for a wide range of positions. Ono Academic College programs get you ready to join the workforce successfully right after graduation.


Topics of Study Include:

First Year

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Children and Youth at Risk
  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Narrative as an Educational Tool
  • Informal Education
  • Child – Family, Community
  • Education and Multiculturalism
  • Health and Mental Resilience in a Changing Reality
  • Social Educational Entrepreneurship
  • People With Disabilities in the Circle of Life
  • Statistics
  • Quantitative Research
  • Introduction to Learning Technologies
  • Learning Strategies
  • Practical Participation in Observation/Simulations
  • Visits to At-Risk Youth Settings


Second Year

  • The Screen Generation and Their Educational and Social Environments
  • Group Approaches and Processes
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Arts as an Educational-Interventional Tool
  • Delinquency
  • Dealing with Trauma Situations
  • Skills for Working With At-Risk Youth
  • Selected Issues in Non-Formal Education
  • Creation of a Protected Space in the Education System
  • Transition to Adulthood and the Circle of Life
  • Research Literacy – Qualitative Methods
  • Practical Participation in Observation/Simulations
  • Visits to At-Risk Youth Settings
  • English (placement by level)


Third Year

  • Services and Frameworks for At-Risk Youth
  • At-Risk Youth – Advanced Subjects
  • Parental Guidance
  • Psychopathology
  • Career Preparation
  • Education Outside the Home
  • Addictions and Risk Behaviors
  • CBT
  • Management and Leadership in Educational Organizations
  • Practical Participation in Observation/Simulations
  • Visits to At-Risk Youth Settings
  • English (placement by level)

*Example curriculum – subject to change

Skills you'll have upon graduation

  • Fundamental principles of informal teaching
  • Principles required for work with at-risk youth
  • Practical skills when working with at-risk youth
  • Understanding of services and frameworks to support at-risk youth
  • Detecting and identifying risky behaviors in teenagers
  • Tools for confronting and mitigating cyber bullying
  • Initiating and leading educational-therapeutic intervention processes to support at-risk youth
  • Skills and tools for individual work with at-risk youth
  • Communication skills for working with at-risk youth and building and nurturing resilience among trainees
  • Skills for guidance and group work to create meaningful emotional discourse in group settings
  • Tools for making connections with at-risk youth
  • Practical skills for working with parents of at-risk youth
  • Understanding risk as a social problem
  • Insight into hidden disabilities, including learning disabilities
I Believe
Dr. Zack Slor Head of the department
Ono's team of lecturers, who are at the forefront of knowledge and action in the field of at-risk youth, nurture and grow students to instill curiosity and independent and critical thinking. Students with a passion for dictating, changing, and improving

Our Program Graduates Speak

The wide range of frameworks and services now committed to helping at-risk youth has created an ongoing demand for skilled professionals in this field.

More About the Program

The program is headed by Dr. Zack Slor.

Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for any of these positions:

  • Youth groups coordinator
  • Youth group leader
  • Community manager
  • Boarding school coordinator
  • Boarding school director
  • Various roles in the youth promotion department
  • Social and educational organization leadership
  • At-risk youth community network guide
  • Youth worker in community and boarding schools

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