Nepali students in a preparatory meeting
What is the Youth Leadership Project ?
The Youth Leadership Project brings together young people from disaster areas and train them in leadership and disaster-response skills. 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 and Nepal.
What is New in The Project since the Last Report?
Well, a lot.
To recall, in the past few months we have initiated a contact between high school students in Tohoku and in Nepal. As the first step, the students in Tohoku raised donations for high school students in Nepal affected by the recent earthquakes there.
As the second step, we have initiated a “Pen-Pal” project between the students in which they shared their every-day lives, hopes for the future and also their disaster experience. Realizing the full potential in these bonds between young people in different disaster areas, the program had entered its third stage.
In the third stage, we are happy to announce that later this month, 5 high school students from Nepal will come to Japan for a 1 week intensive training with 5 high school students from Tohoku.
The 10 students will be trained by our professional team in leadership and disaster-response skills. Together, they will tour Tohoku and meet with young people who became leaders in their communities after the disaster had hit the area in 2011. The students will then create their own social project, receive feedback, and will implement it through 2016.
We will update you about the developments and progress of this unique program in the next report.
Thank you all for your generous support!
2 of the Tohoku students in a preparatory meeting
Sumi, an earthquake survivor and a participant
Santosh. "I'd like to help victims of the quake"