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Unleash the Potential of Young Changemakers

by ASHOKA JAPAN
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Unleash the Potential of Young Changemakers
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Unleash the Potential of Young Changemakers
Unleash the Potential of Young Changemakers
Unleash the Potential of Young Changemakers
Unleash the Potential of Young Changemakers
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Unleash the Potential of Young Changemakers
Unleash the Potential of Young Changemakers
Unleash the Potential of Young Changemakers
Unleash the Potential of Young Changemakers
Unleash the Potential of Young Changemakers
Unleash the Potential of Young Changemakers
Unleash the Potential of Young Changemakers
New Youth Venturers
New Youth Venturers

Dear everyone,

Hello! This is Nanami from Ashoka Japan.

We would love to share a report of the 39th Youth Venture Panel and introduce the 100th New Youth Venture!


The 39th Youth Venture Panel Screening

On November 23, we hosted our 39th Youth Venture Panel Screening in Tokyo.

Three candidates aged 15-17, presented their actions, and we are happy to welcome all three new Youth Venturers (YVers). It included the 100th YVer, we now have recognized a total of 102 teams (approx. 400 teammates) since 2012.

Four panelists for this event were professionals from journalism, business, and non-profit sector as well as a former Ashoka Youth Venturer, who listened carefully to all of the candidates and discussed their thoughts.

Through the next year and beyond, we hope that these Changemakers will take risks, practice empathy, and grow to become innovators that will affect change in the world!

 

Ashoka Japan

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Youth Venturers in Japan
Youth Venturers in Japan

There are many young changemakers who are challenging to solve social problems in Japan. 99 teams of Youth Venturers are in action now. Let us introduce a couple of them today!!

 

  1. Moe
    "I wouldn't expect a large earthquake to happen in MY town." These are the words of victims of large earthquakes happened in Hanshin-Awaji, Tohoku and Kumamoto area. When I was a high school student, I was wondering why people don't learn from lessons even though those victims from different regions get connected, and why people don't get prepared even though it is a risk for everyone in Japan. "Live, and please don't die," said my friend who tells a story of earthquake disaster. I strongly felt the need to convey the voices of victims that are not told through mass media or one-way story. I don't want to see any survivor who regret to survive. Such passion led me to start dialogue event where participants can interact and share their opinions. Disaster prevention and reduction is considered to be a serious and laborious topic. But it is not all about buildings with aseismatic structure or emergency kit. At our dialogue event, participants will take time to think about people, items and time that are important for them. After the dialogue, they change their mind and say, "I want to meet one person I didn't meet for a while" or "I want to talk to my friends more." We believe that such change in emotion and behavior will be a first step for disaster reduction in the future. After the great earthquake in 2011, people pay more attention to disaster prevention itself. But such awareness is not enough. The real problem is a lack of opportunities that change their minds and drive them to take action. Of course, it is a choice of individual to take (or not take) action. But I hope participants would feel that they would like to share stories they learned with their friends even after the event. Through this, I would like to realize a society where many more people can choose their way of living that they want to live.

  2. Anji
    I'm organizing a cooking class for students and adults who are working with students. While cooking, we will discuss what each participant would like to challenge, why he or she can't try something or how to overcome the fear to take action. Talking about ideas helps people take a step forward and give it a try eventually. There are two roles for the cooking class. One is to make the participants relaxed and feel free to express their own opinions. The other is to give participants confidence through the successful experience of cooking. Many people convince themselves that they can't do anything even before giving it a try, but I want them to believe in their potential. I was organizing this class once every three months, but after designated as a Youth Venturer and thanks to its seed money, I'm doing it once a month. Currently, I'm trying to do this outside of my local area and to collaborate with other projects. I'm also figuring out how to make it available and accessible for others who would like to use this scheme. Still in the journey to develop my project even better.

  3. Shu
    Veganism is a lifestyle which abstains from using animal products. More vegan restaurants and products are appearing in developed countries, but it is hard to practice veganism in Japan right now. We, Japan Vegan Community, aim for a society where everyone can practice veganism, working with 80 members all over Japan. There are mainly three projects that we are working on: 1) V-cook, a website where people can post and share their vegan recipes; 2) Hitsujino., a web media to share stories of vegans; 3) Vegan Summit, an event for creating vegan society together. In addition to these three projects, we are working for raising awareness of veganism as the increase in the number of vegans is projected in the future. We promote vegan options and products among restaurants as well as advocating veganism among the general public. Though newly established last year in 2018, we are determined and keep moving forward toward the peaceful and sustainable society where people, animals and future generations can live happily.

Your donation will make us and our initiatives proceed. Hope we can change society better together.

Many thanks,
Ashoka Japan Youth Venture 

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At Youth Social Venture Fundraising Pitch
At Youth Social Venture Fundraising Pitch

Dear everyone,

Hello! This is Yoi, and I am a summer intern at Ashoka Japan.
Hope this finds you well!

We would love to share reports from two exicting events: Youth Venture Panel and Fundraising Pitch!

 

1. Youth Venture Panel Screening

On July 14, we hosted our 38th Youth Venture Panel Screening in Tokyo.

Four candidates presented their actions, and we are happy to welcome two new Youth Venturers. We now have recognized a total of 99 teams (approx. 400 teammates) since 2012.

Four panelists for this event were professionals from education and journalism as well as a former Ashoka Youth Venturer, who listened carefully to all of the candidates and discussed their thoughts.

Through the next year and beyond, we hope that these Changemakers will take risks, practice empathy, and grow to become innovators that will affect change in the world!

 

2. Fundraising Pitch

Last Saturday, July 20, we organized ASHOKA Youth Social Venture Fundraising Pitch for the first time in Tokyo. 

Some Youth Venturers kept working on their projects and reached a phase where they invite more people to involve in and scale up their social impact. Four finalists, who passed a rigorous screening process, had a chance to pitch their actions.

We had more than 50 guests, and the audience asked many questions, even after the pitches ended. The room was full of curiosity and energy!

Throughout the event, Youth Venturers received a lot of inspiration and support, not only financially but also in other forms such as feedback and offers of pro bono support from professionals.

It was an amazing afternoon with a lot of excitement! Thank you for those who joined the event and invested in those youth social ventures.

 

Please keep updated for the journeys of young changemakers in Japan!!

Best wishes,

Yoi 
on behalf of Ashoka Japan team

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Finalists
Finalists

Hi all,

This is Yoi, an intern at Ashoka Japan this summer. 

Thank you very much for your warm support on our program. Your contribution means a lot for Youth Venturers and us!

Today, we are happy to announce an upcoming event on July 20, ASHOKA Youth Social Venture fundraising pitch! If you are around Tokyo, please join us for this exciting event!

Youth Venturers, whom we are supporting through our program, identify a problem around them, come up with their own solutions and implement them. Some of them have kept working on the projects over years and reached a phase where they need to raise more money and scale so that they could benefit more people.

12 young changemakers (Youth Venturers and U30 Ashoka Friends) applied, and we selected four of them as qualified finalists through rigorous screenings. All of them are full of passion, energy, and creativity, and we are excited to have them as presenters.

In this event, you have a chance to directly support one or more young changemakers. 

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

 

ASHOKA Youth Social Venture FUNDRAISING PITCH 

Date: Saturday, July 20
Time: 1:30 - 5:30 pm
Venue: FCA Japan (Mita, Tokyo)
Entrance fee: free
Investment: min. 10,000 JPY (not mandatory)
Language: Japanese
Registration: https://forms.gle/QYZ4kuxQn8S4c7Eb8
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1044864485713451/

About our programs:

ASHOKA

Founded in 1980, Ashoka is the largest network of "social entrepreneurs" based in Washington D.C, United States. Ashoka has expanded its work to more than 93 countries with offices in

40 countries currently. With the vision of the society where "Everyone a Changemaker", Ashoka is working on 3 main projects: Ashoka fellows, Youth Years, and Co-creation. There are now 3500 fellows of social entrepreneurs in our network making changes every day.

Find out more: https://www.ashoka.org/

 

ASHOKA Youth Venture

A program for youth, between the age range of 12 to 20, started in 2000 in the United States and in 2012 in Japan. Through this program, Ashoka has been supporting the youth who take actions with their full passion, to solve the small issues with that they notice in their everyday life as Youth Venturer. Ashoka has supported 97 teams (350 individuals) so far.



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Youth Changemakers Exchange Report Session Day
Youth Changemakers Exchange Report Session Day

Hi all.

I am Nanami, a program manager of Youth Venture Program of Ashoka Japan!

Thank you very much for your warm support. Today, I would like to share our upcoming events between May and July in Tokyo Japan. Please join us!!

 

June 8th, SatYouth Changemakers Exchange Report Session Day

 time: 2:00 - 5:00 pm

 venue: En Japan (Shinjuku, Tokyo)

 entrance fee: free

 language: Japanese

 event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/367742513946909/

 

July 14th, Sun38th ASHOKA Youth Venture Panel Selection

 time: 1:00 - 5:30 pm

 venue: Eiji Press (Ebisu, Tokyo)

 entrance fee: free

 language: Japanese

 event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2234398590157694

 

July 20th, Sat  ASHOKA Youth Social Venture FUNDRAISING PITCH 

 time: 1:30 - 5:30 pm

 venue: FCA Japan (Mita, Tokyo)

 entrance fee: free

 language: Japanese

 event page: coming soon

 

About our programs;

ASHOKA
Founded in 1980, Ashoka is the largest network of "social entrepreneurs" based in Washington D.C, United States. Ashoka has expanded its work to more than 93 countries with offices in
40 countries currently. With the vision of the society where "Everyone a Changemaker", Ashoka is working on 3 main projects: Ashoka fellows, Youth Years, and Co-creation. There are now 3500 fellows of social entrepreneurs in our network making changes every day.
Find out more: https://www.ashoka.org/

ASHOKA Youth Venture
A program for youth, between the age range of 12 to 20, started in 2000 in the United States and in 2012 in Japan. Through this program, Ashoka has been supporting the youth who take actions with their full passion, to solve the small issues with that they notice in their everyday life as Youth Venturer. Ashoka has supported 97 teams (350 individuals) so far.

Panel Selection
Panel Screening is the open- screening of the Youth Venturer candidates where it is determined if they will be the Youth Venturer. As panelists, (judges), Ashoka invites diverse people from different areas who resonate with the vision of Ashoka.

Youth Changemakers Exchange
Ashoka Japan is proud to announce the launch of the first US-Japan Changemakers Exchange, taking place in the United States on March 21-29, 2019. The selected group of six Japanese Youth Venturers, all under the age of 20, will participate in a tour to deepen their thoughts on social change. 
 
ASHOKA Youth Social Venture FUNDRAISING PITCH
Youth Venturers and U30 Ashoka Friends who have won the qualifications by Ashoka Fellows and Capitalists will pitch about their own activities. Visitors are able to support these young people with their donation.

 

 

We are really looking forward to seeing you at these events soon!!

 

 

38th ASHOKA Youth Venture Panel Selection
38th ASHOKA Youth Venture Panel Selection
ASHOKA Youth Social Venture FUNDRAISING PITCH
ASHOKA Youth Social Venture FUNDRAISING PITCH
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