This project will provide leadership skills to 200 youth from 4 cities in Japan's devastated Tohoku area. They will then lead social projects in local schools, directly working with 2,000 youth and children, and indirectly reaching over 10,000 community members.
Since the earthquake and Tsunami of March 11th, 2011, the rate of unemployment in Tohoku has risen dramatically. The devastation of the agriculture and fishing industries has left many in the region unsure of their future. The young people of the region have been hit particularly hard by this new reality. Careers which seemed foregone conclusions no longer exist and they must re-plan their futures from scratch.
The program will provide over 200 youth of 4 cities with the tools to become empowered members of their communities. The training will help them become social leaders who can initiate and lead social projects with youth and children, as well as provide them with key skills and knowledge towards building a successful professional career.
The two main long-term issues that exist for the Tsunami-ravaged communities are social support and economic development. By empowering the youth of the area with practical skills, they can then boost the economic future of the area, while increased social involvement will forge new links between the more than 10,000 targeted members of the devastated communities, thereby increasing inter-community trading and reinforcing their social support webs.