This report is an inspired collaboration of agency staff, Jewish communal leaders and service providers. It is an eye-opening look at a long-ignored problem among Orthodox Jewish youth. Our groundbreaking data have been anecdotally hypothesized by service providers for many years; unfortunately, the community at large, religious institutions and, perhaps most importantly, affected families have been unable or unwilling to acknowledge and cope with the onset of at-risk behavior making it more difficult to combat without intense intervention.
This study focused on girls and services in Brooklyn, New York and encompassed a comprehensive survey questionnaire, face-to-face interviews, focus groups and a targeted literature review. The study had four major goals:
1) To capture a profile of Orthodox teenage girls in Brooklyn;
2) To assess the quality, availability and affordabi1iry of services for these girls;
3) To identify service gaps (including preventative programs) in meeting the needs of the at-risk population and finally,
4) To recommend future strategies for closing the service gaps identified throughout the study.