Dec 16, 2019

Students Report on their Mid-Year Progress

Sendai YMCA Pastry Students in Action!
Sendai YMCA Pastry Students in Action!

Mid School Year Video Updates from Ten Taylor Scholarship Students 

Kato-san, The President of the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School, shares mid-year video updates from ten Taylor Scholarship students.   All students are intensely studying English and their success is on display in their video messages!  They tell us of their dreams, English exam results, studying for licenses, internships and jobs after graduation!

All of the students need scholarships to attend the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School because of hardships caused by the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.  The Sendai YMCA and TAMF provide these scholarships jointly.  Please watch the video messages at the links below.  We thank you for watching!

Thank you for the support you have given these students.  It is your help which makes it possible for them to pursue their chosen careers.

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Oct 17, 2019

2019 Summer Exchanges and Charge D'affaire Visit to ISU Taylor Bunko

YMCA Camp Thunderbird Group Picture
YMCA Camp Thunderbird Group Picture

High School Summer Exchange

Six Ishinomaki high school exchange students chaperoned by one of Taylor’s former students visited Richmond, VA and Washington, DC August 7th to 13th for our sixth high school student exchange.  We worked with the Ishinomaki Board of Education to have students apply with written essays. They told us of their hopes and dreams of visiting America and they came true in this visit! The host families in each location did a wonderful job..  Thank you to All Nippon Airways (ANA) for providing generous discount airline tickets even during their busy season!    

In Richmond, the participants had a great time at YMCA Camp Thunderbird with zip line, archery, marksmanship, low ropes and games with counselors in training. Thank you to the Camp Thunderbird team!  One of Richmond host families had a BBQ and pool party. It was a great way to end a full day from Camp Thunderbird in the morning to host family experiences in the afternoon and a good night sleep after fun in the pool!

Other activities in Richmond included bowling, video games and then an afternoon to explore everything from trampoline parks to shopping!  We were treated to two performances from our visitors and had a wonderful farewell dinner along the James River!

The Richmond host families drove their students to the Washington, DC area to meet their Washington host families at a Japanese style shaved ice party in Mclean.  The students visited Annapolis, Baltimore, Tysons Corner Shopping Mall and toured Washington, DC. in addition to having free time with host families to play laser tag and shop.  The Washington portion of the trip ended with a farewell pizza and pool party. 

Thank you to Camp O-En and Tabi Club for organizing and providing group transportation and tours in the DC area. 

We heard feedback from the students and host families that it was a wonderful experience for all with life long memories and new friends made!

 Randolph-Macon College (R-MC) Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU) #TOMODACHI Student Exchange

The US Japan Council TOMODACHI program has supported our research exchange program between Randolph-Macon College (Taylor's alma mater) and Ishinomaki Senshu University. This is the fourth year of the SURF/TAMF/TOMODACHI Exchange.

The R-MC contingent visited Tokyo and Kyoto prior to traveling to Ishinomaki.   Ishinomaki and Onagawa included visits to the Ishinomaki Fire Department to learn about how first responders focus in a disaster, as well as a visit to Onagawa Town Hall, where they had a meeting with the Mayor and learned about how the Town came together to focus on recovery. We also had a walking tour of Onagawa hospital and its disaster-related display with a local resident who lived in temporary housing for six years, who also told us about his own experience during the disaster.

Additional visits and meetings included the Ishinomaki Police Station, Newsee Museum, Watahoi Volunteer Center, and the Nozomi Project, cultural events (kimono wearing!), food, and fellowship with friends and colleagues from Ishinomaki Senshu University.

An article by Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun about the visit to ISU and Ishinomaki. (picture included)  features their cultural activities and experiences with the Kimono wearing workshop, visit to the children center “Raitsu,” etc. It includes students’ quotes: “I want to present my research findings at conferences” said one student and “It was really hard to control my emotions when I interviewed a mother who lost her young daughter. I hope to show the resilience of the people in Ishinomaki in my theater production at R-MC” said another.

U.S. Consul General Lee and Chargé d’Affaires Young Visit Taylor Bunko

We are thankful to the US Embassy Tokyo, Consul General Lee and Chargé d’Affaires Young for visiting the Ishinomaki Senshu Univiversity (ISU) Taylor Bunko, learning about Taylor from her friend Chiba-san of ISU and donating books! Thank you to US Japan Council #TOMODACHI, ISU and Taylor's alma mater Randolph-Macon College, for their continued support of Taylor's dream to be a bridge between Japan and the U.S. 

Thank you for your support which helps us continue programs like these to help Ishinomaki families, schools and students affected by the disaster to continue to recover, learn and expand their horizons!  Please follow us on Facebook/Tamfjp

Richmond Pool Party
Richmond Pool Party
Students at Richmond Farewell Dinner
Students at Richmond Farewell Dinner
Students Visit US Naval Academy in Annapolis
Students Visit US Naval Academy in Annapolis
R-MC - ISU Exchange visit Ishinomaki Fire Dept
R-MC - ISU Exchange visit Ishinomaki Fire Dept
R-MC ISU Exchange Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun Article
R-MC ISU Exchange Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun Article
Charge D'Affaires Young & Consul Gen Lee at ISU
Charge D'Affaires Young & Consul Gen Lee at ISU

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Sep 12, 2019

Videos from our 11 Taylor Scholarship Students

First Year Pastry Students
First Year Pastry Students

Kato-san, The President of the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School, shares that we have a total of 11 Taylor Scholarship students this year and sends video messages from all.    He also introduces us to the five first year students. All students are intensely studying English and their success is on display in their video messages! 

It is currently the break between the first and second semester. All second-grade students are on vacation and all first-grade students are interning until the end of September.  Three of the students, Miyuna, Saori and Takashi were in Washington, D.C. from 7/17 to 8/2 to attend an English language immersion program given at The Language Center & Sugai Program at George Washington University.   They report they had a wonderful time there which will help them further in their careers!   

All of the students need scholarships to attend the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School because of hardships caused by the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.  The Sendai YMCA and TAMF provide these scholarships jointly.  Please watch the video messages at the links below.  We thank you for watching!

Messages from the first-grade scholarship students:

Moemi of the Hotel Pastry Department https://youtu.be/i1XjkcPUgng

  - would like to work in Yokohama and make people happy with her delicious cakes

Moe of the Hotel Pastry Department https://youtu.be/miB5pC-HlSE

   -  her dream is to open her own bakery and help her family

Shino of the Hotel Pastry Department https://youtu.be/-FBbOe0qj18

 – shares that she wants to have a good bakery job to help her family and provide services to people to give them happiness

Maki of the Hotel Department https://youtu.be/YkNPgaP9D5A

-  is working to speak English better to help provide good hospitality service

Yui of the Hotel Department https://youtu.be/Ha7kO18RHjE

 - wants to be a hotelier in the future and make guests smile

 Messages from all 11 students (including the five above):

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRB3N-E2MCkcm11R0cxjkJCKwIkVKhu6j

Thank you for the support you have given these students.  It is your help which makes it possible for them to pursue their chosen careers.

First Year Pastry Students in Action!
First Year Pastry Students in Action!
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