Rebuilding 10000 lives in Japan - youth leadership

 
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High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal

Our mission is to empower the youth of Tohoku by supporting development of creativity skills.

About Youth Leadership Project:

Youth Leadership Project aims at offering workshop and experience to learn creative thinking, problem
solving and team building skills to young people in Tohoku area. The young people will be also offered the
opportunities to lead the social projects in the community and local schools, utilizing the skills they
learned, to become leaders in the local societies of Tohoku.

Summary of Activities:

Together with TOMODACHI alumni and seniour managers, Japan IsraAID Support Program has launched a leadership program for high-school students in the affected areas. The program, "Tohoku For Nepal", aims to create a bridge between high school students in Tohoku and in Nepal, which was affected by a recent massic earthquake.
A group of high school students in Sendai contacted JISP about a potential aid project to high school students in Nepal.
As a first step, the students decided to organize a fund-raising drive.
On May 30 and May 31, 15 high school students collected funds in the streets of Sendai. In just few hours, the students were able to collect slighly more than 1,000 US Dollars. These funds, together with future fund-raising drives will be sent directly to a high-school in Nepal.

As a second step, JISP met with the students and decided to launch a "pen-pal" program between schools who have overcame the disaster in Japan 4 years ago and students in Nepal.

We will update you about the developments and progress of this unique program in the next report.

Thank you all for your generous support.

High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal

Our mission is to empower the youth of Tohoku by supporting development of creativity skills.

About Youth Leadership Project:

Youth Leadership Project aims at offering workshop and experience to learn creative thinking, problem
solving and team building skills to young people in Tohoku area. The young people will be also offered the
opportunities to lead the social projects in the community and local schools, utilizing the skills they
learned, to become leaders in the local societies of Tohoku.

Summary of Activities:

Together with our partners from ADRA Japan and Hasselblad camera-maker company we have launched a project with seventeen high-school students who evacuated from Futaba city in Fukushima after the nuclear crises.

These seventeen students were evacuated on March 11th 2011, the day of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Being only five kilometres from the nuclear plant the high school remains inaccessible and students evacuated, without their possessions, to numerous schools around the prefecture. Since the disaster the students have been living in dormitories, in temporary accomodation or with families.

This current exhibition, "Keep on Smiling", is the memories of those students over the past three years of high school under the guidance of their form tutor, Takeshi Nakamura.
Their photos were displayed in the Hasselblad Japan gallery in Harajuku, Tokyo, between February 25 and March 6.

This unique documentation projects allows the students to reflect on their final months of high-school through the camera lens, learn and use photography techniques, and connect to their class-mates and teachers in a new way. It also allows for people who live far aways in Tokyo to connect to the students and their experience, hopes, and feelings.


We appreciate all your support and looking forward to continue our support for the youth in Tohoku.

A visit to the Hasselblad Gallery, Tokyo
A visit to the Hasselblad Gallery, Tokyo

Our mission is to empower individuals and local communities by supporting development of their creativity and
imagination whereby offering creative tools and supporting individuals and local communities in Tohoku area growing out of their difficult experience by  offering psychosocial support.

About Youth Leadership Project:

Youth Leadership Project aims at offering workshop and experience to learn creative thinking, problem

solving and team building skills to young people in Tohoku area. The young people will be also offered the

opportunities to lead the social projects in the community and local schools, utilizing the skills they

learned, to become leaders in the local societies of Tohoku.

Summary of Activities:

(1) A unique documentation workshop of the final months in High-school

Together with our partners from ADRA Japan and Hasselblad camera-maker company we have launched a project with high-school students who evacuated from Futaba city in Fukushima after the nuclear crises.

The students attended an intensive photography workshop in Hasselblad office in Tokyo (October 22), and will utilize what they had learned to document their final months in high-school. Their photos will be displayed in their graduation ceremony and in the Hasselblad gallery in Harajuku, Tokyo, later this spring.

This unique documentation projects allows the students to reflect on their final months of high-school through the camera lens, learn and use photography techniques, and connect to their class-mates and teachers in a new way.

(2) An experiential workshop for NPO workers, disaster supporters and team-members

With the aim of expanding our use of the "Points of You" (POY) tool in our future workshop with high-school students in Tohoku, we have organized an experiential workshop for NPO workers, disaster supporters and team-members last October. The workshop was facilitated by the two developers of this great educational tool, "POY" and the feedback was positive.
For more details about this tool, please visit :
http://www.thecoachingame.com/

We will update on the developments of both projects in our next report !

We appreciate all your support and looking forward to continue our work in Tohoku.

The students experience photography
The students experience photography
A lecture by a professional photographer
A lecture by a professional photographer
July 13 leadership event in Sendai, Tohoku
July 13 leadership event in Sendai, Tohoku

On July 13, JISP organized a leadership event with Benesse Corporations in Sendai for high school students in the Tohoku region.

The program targeted high school students interested in social entrepreneurship and opportunities of study abroad, and 10 Japanese students from across Japan who had been admitted to Ivy League schools were invited to Sendai to provide a one day creative thinking workshop. 25 high school students participated, and came from over 6 different towns and cities, including areas in Fukushima prefecture. Student groups that included the Ivy League students as well as high school participants spent the day designing ideas and presentations that expressed their opinions about the current situation in Tohoku. Each group had very unique presentations and spoke of a wide range of issues, such as the negative impressions of Tohoku worldwide regarding the radioactivity exposure, the importance of tourism for Tohoku's future, and importantly, the role and responsibility the youth have in shaping the future of Tohoku identity.

On July 14, a similar but smaller program was also run in Ishinomaki for youth who could not participate in the event in Sendai. 8 students participated, and the shorter and less structured event allowed high school students to talk about personal aspirations and goals with the volunteer students. An online group was formed after the workshop, where Tohoku high school students are able to connect with students who are studying abroad for advice and support.

Next month, together with ADRA Japan, JISP team will offer a photography workshop in Tokyo for 17 high-school students from Futaba high school in Fukushima prefecture. The students will meet with professional photographers working in Japan and abroad, learn about different techincs and power of visual materiels. The students will then conduct their own photo-shooting and present their work in the graduation ceremony of the high-school next spring.

JISP will continue enhancing its youth leadership trainning programs, and partner with other organizatino in order to rebuild the lives of Tohoku youth. Thank you for your long-term support.

July 13 leadership event in Sendai, Tohoku
July 13 leadership event in Sendai, Tohoku
July 13 leadership event in Sendai, Tohoku
July 13 leadership event in Sendai, Tohoku
July 13 leadership event in Sendai, Tohoku
July 13 leadership event in Sendai, Tohoku

Overview

During the past three month IsraAID continued to explore options for this year's program in close cooperation with its partners.

This year's activities will include two programs. The first, a joint program with Benesse Corporations, is geared towards developing creative and critical thinking as well as entrepreneurship skills among high-school students, as well as providing them with resources to pursue study outside of Tohoku, and their comfort zones. The program is scheduled for July and will be offered in Sendai for 30 high school students around the Tohoku area. The program will bring over 6 prospective students from Ivy League schools in the US, and will give the high school students an opportunity to learn about studying overseas and taking initiative in learning. In addition to the intellectual aspect of the program, our instructors  will emphasize group-building acitvities and cooperation among the students. One aim of this program is to raise awareness of the choices outside of Tohoku for high school students, and also to raise the interest of the Tohoku region amongst international college students and young global leaders of Japan.

The second program, "Fukushima Youth Leadership 2014", is offered in partnership with ADRA Japan. The program is geared towards the enhancement of social leadership, communication and resilience among high-school students from Fukushima and will introduce the students to necessary tools in order to become empowered leaders of their communities. The workshop will bring to Tokyo 20 students and 5 social entreprenuers and focus on both the social innovation aspect and personal resilience of the young leaders. The students will plan and put into practice their own social-entreprenuerships projects and present their work-progress in a follow-up event.

meetings with community leaders
meetings with community leaders
meetings with community leaders

This year, IsraAID will reach out to as many as 55 young leaders from the Tohoku area, providing them with both practical skills and hope for their future, as well as a new sense of community.

Our next report will include a detailed acount of the programs outlined above and introduce you to the students. Thank you for your long-term support!

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Shachar Zahavi

Be'er Sheva, Israel

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