As Founder and Director of Yedidim, Rabbi Yaacov Goodman initiated and oversees the extensive programs of the Yedidim Mentoring Program. Rabbi Goodman ensures the organization’s continuing high level of success and quality programming. What started with a handful of teens now comprises some 500 participants and 200+ mentors, making Yedidim the largest mentoring program in Israel focusing on the Anglo community. In 2004, after spending 17 years in Kollel while simultaneously running youth programs in his neighborhood, and interacting with educators to further his nderstanding of chinuch habanim, he launched the Yedidim Mentoring Program with the encouragement of Gedolei Yisroel. In addition, several years ago, Rabbi Goodman developed a customized yearly seminar open to all educators and those with ambition to become educators. He also counsels parents in the area of chinuch habanim, helping them overcome their own unique hurdles in the community and with their children.