"10 years from now, where do you see yourself?" --- On July 25, a group discussion with high-school students from Iwanuma and Katmandu was held at Japan IsraAID Support P office. Yukine, a young girl from Tohoku, and Susmita, a young Nepali girl residing in Sendai e-met Sumee, a 16 years old surviver of the recent earthquake in Nepal. The girls shared their thoughts about school life, their culture, and future's dreams.
This is the first e-meeting, to be continued as a "Pen-Pal" program between youth in Tohoku and Nepal!
Yukine and Susmita, in Sendai, Tohoku, during the skype conversatin with Sumee, in Kathmandu.
Sumee, as seen from the computer screen in Sendai. On August 27, JISP team members delievered a letter from Yukine, a high school students from Tohoku to Sumee, in Kathmandu. Currently JISP is in the process of planning a real exchange program between high school students from Nepal and Tohoku to be held in Tohoku this winter. Updates will follow!
Meeting Sumee in real life, in Kathmandu, and delivering a letter from Yukine.
Thank you very much for all your kind support.
Our mission is to empower the youth of Tohoku by supporting development of creativity skills. About Youth Leadership Project:Youth Leadership Project aims at offering workshop and experience to learn creative thinking, problem solving and team building skills to young people in Tohoku area. 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. Summary of Activities:
As a second step, JISP met with the students and decided to launch a "pen-pal" program between schools who have overcame the disaster in Japan 4 years ago and students in Nepal.
We will update you about the developments and progress of this unique program in the next report.
Thank you all for your generous support.
We appreciate all your support and looking forward to continue our support for the youth in Tohoku.
Our mission is to empower individuals and local communities by supporting development of their creativity and imagination whereby offering creative tools and supporting individuals and local communities in Tohoku area growing out of their difficult experience by offering psychosocial support. About Youth Leadership Project:Youth Leadership Project aims at offering workshop and experience to learn creative thinking, problem solving and team building skills to young people in Tohoku area. 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. Summary of Activities:
We appreciate all your support and looking forward to continue our work in Tohoku.
On July 13, JISP organized a leadership event with Benesse Corporations in Sendai for high school students in the Tohoku region. The program targeted high school students interested in social entrepreneurship and opportunities of study abroad, and 10 Japanese students from across Japan who had been admitted to Ivy League schools were invited to Sendai to provide a one day creative thinking workshop. 25 high school students participated, and came from over 6 different towns and cities, including areas in Fukushima prefecture. Student groups that included the Ivy League students as well as high school participants spent the day designing ideas and presentations that expressed their opinions about the current situation in Tohoku. Each group had very unique presentations and spoke of a wide range of issues, such as the negative impressions of Tohoku worldwide regarding the radioactivity exposure, the importance of tourism for Tohoku's future, and importantly, the role and responsibility the youth have in shaping the future of Tohoku identity. On July 14, a similar but smaller program was also run in Ishinomaki for youth who could not participate in the event in Sendai. 8 students participated, and the shorter and less structured event allowed high school students to talk about personal aspirations and goals with the volunteer students. An online group was formed after the workshop, where Tohoku high school students are able to connect with students who are studying abroad for advice and support.Next month, together with ADRA Japan, JISP team will offer a photography workshop in Tokyo for 17 high-school students from Futaba high school in Fukushima prefecture. The students will meet with professional photographers working in Japan and abroad, learn about different techincs and power of visual materiels. The students will then conduct their own photo-shooting and present their work in the graduation ceremony of the high-school next spring. JISP will continue enhancing its youth leadership trainning programs, and partner with other organizatino in order to rebuild the lives of Tohoku youth. Thank you for your long-term support.
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