Yedidim, a non-profit, non-denominational organization, winner of the President's Award for Excellence and the Mayor of Jerusalem's Distinguished Service Award, envisages an Israeli society where all children and youth have the opportunity to fully realize their strengths and talents. Launched in 1991 by a small group of discharged IDF officers, today, Yedidim reaches out to over 6,000 children, youth and young adults a year in 47 communities across Israel. Yedidim ('Friends') is a mentoring organization which includes a professional team of 11 full time staff and close to 3,000 young volunteers who operate under the direction, guidance and supervision of 200 professionally trained coordinators. Yedidim is a non-partisan organization with no political agenda and its sole mandate is working towards the betterment of Israeli society. Through the tireless efforts of a cadre of professionally trained young adult volunteers who serve as peer mentors, the physical and psycho-social needs of over 40,000 youth and their families have effectively been responded to over the years.