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Need: The socioeconomic diversity of Jerusalem communities means that far too many neighborhoods of the city face growing poverty, widening gaps in childcare and education quality, and deteriorating social solidarity. Southern Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood is currently struggling to rebrand itself as a community suitable for young families in order to reverse these trends and help reduce their negative emigration from the city.

Response: Adopt-a-Neighborhood is a Jerusalem Foundation initiative that applies a comprehensive approach to community empowerment, encouraging residents of disadvantaged neighborhoods to set their community agendas and work together to achieve shared goals, resolve common problems and instigate systemic change that advances the welfare of their communities. By tackling challenges head-on, Adopt-a-Neighborhood aims to improve opportunities for the full range of neighborhood residents in all aspects of life and reduce gaps between diverse populations, fostering community resilience and social solidarity by addressing inequality in the neighborhood. Specific developments will include:

  • Project Springboard: Breaking the Poverty Cycle through Education & Enrichment
  • Wide range of programs for children and youth
  • Renovations of learning centers, sports halls and sports fields
  • Building Community – renovation of dilapidated apartments and public spaces
  • Sustainability– instilling environmental practices and values in Gilo
  • Expanding Early Childhood Centers

Populations Served: Adopt-a-Neighborhood’s flagship program was first launched in 2008 in Kiryat Menachem and has since been expanded to encompass Kiryat Yovel, Gonenim and the City Center, with investment made in 4 areas of community development: education, employment, young adults and building community. For 2017, the Jerusalem Foundation has designated Gilo as the next Adopt-a-Neighborhood community to join the program.

Impact: Adopt-a-Neighborhood will make positive, long-lasting changes in Gilo, helping shape it as an attractive and desirable neighborhood that offers the surrounding community a high quality of life. 

Partners: Jerusalem Municipality, Gilo