Rebuilding 10000 lives in Japan - youth leadership

by IsraAID
Rebuilding 10000 lives in Japan - youth leadership
Rebuilding 10000 lives in Japan - youth leadership
Rebuilding 10000 lives in Japan - youth leadership
Rebuilding 10000 lives in Japan - youth leadership
Rebuilding 10000 lives in Japan - youth leadership
Rebuilding 10000 lives in Japan - youth leadership

Youth leadership project- summary of activities 2013


In 2013, IsraAID conducted youth leadership workshops, community events and stress relief activities for more then 2000 people in Tohoku area. 

These activities include: intensive vocational trainings in partnership with Hilton Tokyo, group building activities for High school students in Watari, Cooking and leadership training for members of Kagikakko- a youth cafe in Ishinomaki, High school stiudents from Futaba- Machi, a town evacuated from Fukushima radiation zone, and a big BBQ community event for 2000 of Ishinomaki residents in partnership with the staff of Hilton Tokyo.

Through its activities, IsraAID were able to provide the youth with practical skills such as: cooking, marketing, presentation skills and communication skills. 

Summary of activities:

Watari leadership group: 

Since April 2013, IsraAID in partnership with the city of Watari and Watari High school conducted intensive leadership trainings on a monthly basis. 14 participants are attending these activities regularly, and the content include: Group building activities, Presentation skills, Communication skills and social responsibility.

In 2014, IsraAID will continue to provide support for Watari High school students, on coming January the students will attend Hilton & IsraAID hospitality and leadership training in Hilton Tokyo.

Kagikakko- a youth community cafe in Ishinomaki

Since June 2013, IsraAID in partnership with Nippon Foundation and Hilton Tokyo,provided 30 high school students in Ishinomaki with intensive trainings in the field of Hospitality, cooking and communication skills. In last August 15 members of the community cafe attended Hilton & IsraAID leadership training- a one week intensive seminar in Hilton Tokyo. On October 27th, IsraAID and Hilton staff conducted a community BBQ festival in Ishinomaki, 2000 residents attended the event that was conducted in partnership with Kagikakko cafe members.

Futaba Machi High school

Since January 2013, IsraAID in partnership with Adra Japan, has provided students with intensive leadership training. The activities included: Presentation skills, Hospitality training and planning a community event (to be conducted in Mid January 2014).

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Closing ceremony
Closing ceremony


Since May 2013, IsraAID in partnership with Hilton Tokyo, conducted several workshops and activities for high school students in Tohoku region.

These activities include:

  • 3 intensive leadership workshops for 14 high school students from Watari.
  • 6 days training in Hospitality and communication skills for 13 high school students from Fukushima and Ishinoamki in partnership with Hilton Tokyo.
  • Meetings with local coordinators and planning of a community event in Ishinomaki on coming October.
  • Meetings with new communities in Fukushima and Introduction of IsraAID leadership and skills model.


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

  • Hospitality training for Watari youth group-January 2014
  • Community event with Ishinomaki youth group-October 2013
Getting emotional before the final ceremony
Getting emotional before the final ceremony
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The whole team
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Photos from Ishinomaki training
Photos from Ishinomaki training

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:


  • IsraAID team in Ishinomaki conducted needs assessment research and met with High school teachers and local Japanese NGO's in order to build the working model and the target groups.
  • IsraAID team identified a local High school students group who runs a community café as a social business initiative called Kagikakko.
  • There are 38 high school students in Kagikakko group, and the project is supported by Nippon foundation.
  • The students and the local facilitator asked IsraAID to conduct trainings in the field of Service industry, Hospitality, cooking,  event planning and communication skills.
  • On May 25th & 26th IsraAID team in partnership with Hilton Tokyo volunteers conducted a first of its kind leadership and skills training for the High school students who are running the community cafe 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:


  • In Watari, IsraAID team conducted several meetings with the town officials and High school teachers, including a pilot meeting with some of the active young leaders in the community. The group has been decided and the first leadership training will take place on June 22nd.
  • In Fukushima, following up on the success of IsraAID leadership training in January, a youth group of 10 high school students from Futaba Machi ( a town evacuated due to high radiation level), asked IsraAID to conduct an intensive leadership training that will include: Creative thinking, social activism and a documentation project.(as part of IsraAID "Voices of Tohoku" program supported by GlobalGiving). The training will start on June 2013, and will continue throughout 2013-14. 

Future plans: 

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.



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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:·

PTSD Prevention 

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.

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Training for youth group in Sendai
Training for youth group in Sendai

Project Background

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.


Youth Leadership

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.


Future Plans

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. 

Training for youth group in Sendai 2
Training for youth group in Sendai 2
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Location: Tel Aviv, Merkaz - Israel
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Twitter: @IsraAID
Project Leader:
Shachar Zahavi
Be'er Sheva, Israel

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