Since May 2013, IsraAID in partnership with Hilton Tokyo, conducted several workshops and activities for high school students in Tohoku region.
These activities include:
In Watari, IsraAID youth group is becoming energetic and motivated about the leadership project.
The 3 workshops conducted so far was focused on Presentation skills, Creative thinking and group building activities. Both teachers and students mentioned this is the first time they are able to express themselves freely and they are looking forward for the next session in September and for the Hospitality training in January.
During the first week of August, a group of 13 students from Ishinomaki community Cafe- Kagikakko, and 2 students from Futaba-Shoyo, a high school of youth evacuated from Fukushima radiation area, participated in the 3rd leadership & skills session conducted by IsraAID and Hilton Tokyo.
The students learned practical communication skills such as English, Body Language and Emotional expression, while receiving intensive job training in cooking, marketing, house keeping and Hospitality.
The training was a great success and the students expressed their appreciation and gratitude to IsraAID and Hilton staff.
The students felt very satisfied mostly because they learned practical skills that will support their daily work in the community cafe in Ishinomaki.
Future plans for 2013
IsraAID leadership project
Summary of activities Feb-May 2013
Since Feb 2013 IsraAID project rebuilding 10,000 lives in Tohoku, expanded to Ishinomaki as part of IsraAID partnership with Taylor Anderson memorial fund: "smile together Ishinomaki."
The Project includes intensive Leadership and skills training for high school students in Ishinomaki.
As of May 28th 2013 IsraAID conducted the following activities in Ishinomaki:
The training included: Creative thinking activities, Communication skills workshop and professional cooking and Hospitality training by Hilton Professional Chef and IsraAID staff.
IsraAID Leadership program activities in other locations:
On June & July 2013 IsraAID team will conduct workshops in Watari, Fukushima and Ishinomaki that will include: group building activities, event planning and presentation skills as well as life story interviewing techniques.
On August 2013, IsraAID in partnership with Hilton Tokyo will conduct an intensive leadership and skills training for 15 students who are part of the Kagikakko community café group in Ishinomaki.
IsraAID is collaborating with Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund to set up a community center inIshinomaki, Japan.
The community space will be used to facilitate the on-going activities of supporting Ishinomaki's residents. It will allow IsraAID as well as other NPOs, to continue to have an impact on the local communities.
Here are some of IsraAID's programs that will take place in the center:·
The community center will host stress relief activities for Temporary housing residents as well as children and mothers group from Ishinomaki on a weekly basis,conducted by local NGO's, Community leaders and IsraAid therapists. Furthermore,the center can be used for training people to become effective therapists.·
Voices of Tohoku
Voices of Tohoku is a unique program aimed to produce an oral and visual history of interviews that will commemorate and honor the memory of the communities that experiences the disaster. The community center will serve as a location forconducting training for interviewers, filming interviews, and also as an exhibitgallery where the video archive will be displayed to visitors.·
Youth Leadership Program
We will provide professional leadership training and education programs to empower young individuals and promote economic rehabilitation in their local communities. These training sessions will be held at the community center, and the center can also be used as a hub for business collaborations, exchanging of ideas,and a place that will gather people for discussion.
About The Taylor Anderson Memorial Gift Fund
The fund commemorates an English teacher whose life was taken by the Tsunami in 2011. The purpose of the fund is to help students, schools and families in the Ishinomaki area recover from the earthquake and tsunami and to pursue Taylor’s dream of being a bridge between the U.S. andJapan.
Since the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, the unemployment rate in the Tohoku region has skyrocketed. The main industries of the region - fishing & agriculture - have been devastated, putting the future of hundreds of thousands in jeopardy. Of specific concern has been the rising unemployment of youth who must now re-invent their future.
Through meetings with local officials, community center staff, volunteers, and the community itself, the lack of support and training in the fields of youth leadership and social development has been explicitly identified as a major drawback to communities' stability and growth.
IsraAID believes that providing youth with professional guidance, support, and empowerment is the key to the economic rehabilitation of Tohoku. Consequently, the organization seeks to develop a program that links youth from Tohoku with successful companies and social activism. The program will combine capacity-building and professional internships to provide valuable skills in social leadership, group dynamics, entrepreneurship, innovation and technology.
IsraAID is currently broadening its involvement in Japan by providing professional training and custom-tailored education programs which strive to empower young individuals to promote economic rehabilitation in Tohoku's stricken communities. The programs combine self-development and leadership training with business entrepreneurship and vocational skills. The leadership trainings are designed to encourage the youth to become socially active and serve as a mobilizing force within their fragile and distressed communities, while the entre-preneurship and vocational skills trainings aim to inspire the local youth to consider their future professional careers in Tohoku.
IsraAID is collaborating with other organizations that are able to accommodate Tohoku communities' need for professional education and training. We believe that major businesses in Japan can use IsraAID's local knowledge and relationship with the communities in order to convey their specific know-how while enhancing their reach and contributing to the rebuilding efforts within IsraAID's youth leadership program. By cooperating with IsraAID’s project, these companies are given the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the communities they operate in, and participate in creating a future vision, based on their organization's values.
Accordingly, in August 2012 IsraAID successfully completed a pilot program in collaboration with Hilton Tokyo. A group of ten high schools students from different areas in Tohoku participated in 6 days of intensive training during which they received both skills and job training by Hilton staff, as well as group building activities, creative thinking, innovation and leadership training by IsraAID. The Summer Internship was designed to empower the youth from Tohoku to take responsibility for their futures as individuals and as a community, and through job and skills training at the Hilton Tokyo, the students were introduced to a variety of possible careers for their future.
September- December 2012 IsraAid conducted 2 leadership workshops for youth groups in Sendai and Shinchi in Fukushima and Miyagi prefecture.
The theme of the workshops was community volunteerism and creative thinking.
In Addition IsraAid's youth group in Sendai received a workshop about how to use photography for social change conducted by Mr. Alex Levac- Israel award winning photographer.
The summer pilot of the vocational skills & leadership training at the Hilton Tokyo was also appreciated by Hilton Worldwide that granted the Tokyo hotel with the "Bright future Hilton award". Following the great success of the summer pilot, next year IsraAID will proceed and coordinate 4 more similar seminars for youth from Tohoku. The next training will take place on the coming January 2013, on which IsraAID will collaborate with Hilton Tokyo and ADRA Japan in providing training for youth from Koriyama in Fukushima.
The leadership training part of the program had been developed and will include leadership training not only for the students participating but also for their teachers. The teachers will learn about the meaning and importance of social leadership and be provided with set of tools that they can use to empower their students for action. Moreover, the 5 days of intensive training in the Hilton will be followed by 3 months of weekly trainings in Fukushima for the youth in their high school. During the program the students will be guided on how to plan a community event which they will conduct themselves at the end of the program.
On August 2012, a group of ten high schools students from different areas inTohoku participated in 6 days of intensive training during which they receivedboth skills and job training by Hilton staff, as well as group building activities,creative thinking, innovation and leadership training by IsraAID.
The Summer Internship was designed to empower the youth from Tohoku totake responsibility for their futures as individuals and as a community andthrough job and skills training at the Hilton Tokyo, the students were introducedto a variety of possible careers for their future. Recruitment and transportationof students was arranged by Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery InitiativesFoundation, IsraAID offered various self-development workshops and leadershipskills and the Hilton Tokyo provided accommodation, meals and extensive handson hospitality skill training.
IsraAID is searching for additional partners who will be able to accommodateTohoku communities' need for professional education and training. Webelieve that major businesses in Japan can use IsraAID's local knowledge andrelationship with the communities in order to convey their specific know-howwhile enhancing their reach and contributing to the rebuilding efforts withinour youth leadership program. A successful entrepreneurship, leadership andvocational training require experts in these fields. We invite companies to provide added value to our program by sharing their knowledge, expertise, andcore competencies and helping us in creating “shared value” for their businessand the people of Japan.
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