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Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project

by Hands On Tokyo
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project
Youth Volunteers at our community projects
Youth Volunteers at our community projects

First of all, we want to thank our donors and supporters of the Youth Impact program.

Since our last report we have been establishing strong groups/clubs to represent each school we work with, as well as reach out to new schools. Also, we have been busy holding discussions with high school and college students to promote volunteerism and encourage them to lead volunteer projects.

Some examples of these discussion events are round-table style meetings, school presentations, and even networking mixers.

In addition to high school and college we have also added a new post graduate volunteer group to involve the young professional Youth Impact members and volunteers.

 As you may know, right now, much of Asia and many parts of the world are reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. The reality is that, Youth Impact, and the Hands on Tokyo organization are not immune to this situation. So, to take precautions against the spread of the virus, and to keep those we serve and our volunteers safe we are suspending our face-to-face projects until the situation is deemed safe.

In the meantime, we are working on creative solutions to this problem. For example, we are thinking of ways to serve our community while also ensuring that we are not contributing to the possible spread of the virus. The safety of the community we serve as well as our volunteers is absolutely paramount.

In addition to this current situation, we are planning for the time when the situation is deemed safe and Youth Impact activities can go on as normal.

Currently, our members are brainstorming/planning youth led projects like:

  • Beach Cleanup
  • Youth fundraising mixer
  • Creating University accessibility maps for disabled people
  • Youth charity concert

We are sending thoughts out to all those who have been affected by, or are vulnerable to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are hoping for a swift and steadfast de-escalation of the what could turn into a possible pandemic. We are also letting all our community partners, and amazing volunteers know that we care about them in this trying time.

All of the work we do would not be possible without the support from you, our donors. Through your generosity we will empower even more of the youth, and together continue to make a difference in our community!

We wish everyone safety and health during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Youth Impact Networking event
Youth Impact Networking event
Youth Impact Networking Event
Youth Impact Networking Event
Youth Volunteers at our community projects
Youth Volunteers at our community projects
Youth Volunteers at our community projects
Youth Volunteers at our community projects
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 Thank you to all our donors and supporters of the Youth Impact program.

 2019 has been another year of meaningful volunteering projects for our students. While our students' leaders continue to learn developing their new projects for the social cause they really care, they have also created a strong bond among their youth peers to inspire each other and get involved in the community. Additionally, our staff has been continuing to connect with local university administration and has been able to establish meaningful partnerships to promote understanding and education.

 The Youth Impact Program has grown and developed because of the students who regularly volunteer, lead our volunteer projects, and also become our key promoters. Without their vocal advocacy and input, the Youth Impact program would not have been taken its shape today.

 In 2019, we had lesser youth created projects as compared to the previous year. This was because of the change in the staff and transition period. Nevertheless, this year too we were able to create youth focused seasonal projects such as an Easter egg hunt and Christmas lesson with our vulnerable children. These projects are the major highlights of youth focused projects every year. These events not only meet needs within the community, but also foster Youth Impact members` creativity and leadership. In the coming year, we hope to give more students the opportunity to create their own original program.

 We would like to introduce the voice of one of our youth leaders to share her experience:

"Hands on Tokyo Youth Impact Program has given me remarkable experiences in both volunteering and project management. In high school, I served as one of the high school board members, communicating to students at my school about volunteering opportunities provided by Youth Impact Program. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to lead a fundraising charity concert at my high school with other youth board members. When I started college, my friends and I launched the college division to continue the practice and spread awareness of volunteering among students at our respective universities. Through my 6 years with Youth Impact Program, I have had the opportunity to participate in many events, including LIVES Tokyo, Day of Service, Taste for Volunteering, etc.

 LIVES Tokyo has been one of the most memorable projects that I have been involved in. For its food truck project, I had the opportunity to partake in the launching process. Furthermore, I was able to gain the experience of organizing a project and meet Ogoda-san, a renowned blind lawyer in Japan, from whom I had much to learn about. Earlier in 2019, I had the chance to volunteer at the food truck for a festival in Ikebukuro.

 In addition to its food truck project, I also volunteered at the LIVES event in September. Participating in both the first LIVES Tokyo event in 2017 and again in 2019, I was able to acknowledge how successfully Hands on Tokyo has been expanding, and the large support it has been receiving. This can be said the same about the Taste for Volunteering, where I had the opportunity to help out the fundraising event and the skit performance to introduce Hands on Tokyo.

 Currently our biggest mission is to recruit more members in our youth impact team, as many of the co-founding members have graduated college, or will graduate soon. At the recent Day of Service, we have succeeded in gathering new junior members from our universities to volunteer at the game booth. In addition, we are currently organizing a networking lunch to introduce about our group and our activities to our juniors interested in volunteering. We hope to continue and expand this college division of the youth impact team, and I personally hope to continue volunteering at Hands on Tokyo even after graduating college."

 

 We are an organization that prides ourselves on letting the student lead this program. In 2019, we will work hard to engage youth and empower them to be leaders. We hope you will consider investing in them in the New Year as well.

 We wish you a happy holidays and New Year.


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Hello Youth Impact Supporters,

 Thank you for your generous support for Hands On Tokyo`s Youth Impact. Our program has continued to grow and the number of students participating in the 27 monthly programs offered on our website and Youth Impact specific projects has steadily increased. The increase is in large part because of recruitment efforts, endorsement from University academic departments and students networking amongst themselves.

 

The major goal of Hands On Tokyo's Youth Impact program is to connect young volunteers to our community partners. Youths learn about the needs of our community and understand how to make a positive impact through various volunteering activities. We have many repeater youth volunteers who understand and emphasize the need of consistency in volunteering with the same demographic to build meaningful relationship and have positive impact. We are really proud that our youths are committed to volunteer with us regularly to build these relationships to empower our community in need.

 

The unique aspect of the youth Impact that has made the program more desirable to students is the youth volunteers who have significant experience with a particular community partner (children`s homes, senior citizens, special needs individuals, or a combination of our community partners) can not only lead the project, but also get involved in project planning process. The youth centered program we offer allows them to create their own projects while learning about the needs of respective demographics. While we support our youth to acquire the leadership and management skills, we also provide mentorship for them to understand various strategies and techniques necessary to design meaningful projects for our community. We ultimately aim to have a successful model where youth are trained to implement their learning and skills to mentor other younger youths to develop their own projects.

 

Let us introduce you few episodes of some of our youth led projects here.

As a part of regular English learning project for visually impaired individuals, our youth volunteers designed a practical learning program on counting money and making purchases. They designed different textures on each dollar to help students with visual impairment to identify a dollar’s value and count easily.

In English lessons with our special needs and under-privileged children, our youth volunteers have used arts facilitation ideas to connect with and teach our children. They helped children express themselves creatively through painting arts and communicate with new people. Please check the pictures below!

 

In addition to all the regular volunteer projects with special needs individuals and under-privileged children, we continue to support the LIVES Food Truck and Youmewe`s Designing Artists Academy. We recruited 7 students from Youth Impact to support summer art day camp (12th-20th August) hosted by Designing Artists Academy to support under-privileged children living in various childcare facilities because of poverty, abuse, neglect and other consequences of their families.

 

For more information, please check Designing Artists Academy page on GlobalGiving (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/designing-artists-academy/).

For more information about the LIVES Food truck, please visit our LIVES Food Truck global giving page: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/lives-food-truck/

Hands On Tokyo is very delighted that our Youth Impact team are leading our mission while growing and developing their own personalities and skills. All of the progress we have made so far with our youth team would not be possible without the support of our donors and sponsors. We are grateful that you have chosen our project to invest in, and we will continue to work hard to engage more youths to make difference in our community!

 

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Hello Youth Impact Supporters,

 Thank you for your generous support of Hands On Tokyo`s Youth Impact. This spring has been very busy for the Youth Impact team. In addition to all the regular volunteer projects with special needs individuals and vulnerable children, we continue to support the LIVES Food Truck and Youmewe`s Designing Artists Academy. We are looking forward to updating you on all of these projects in this report.

 Volunteering with our community partners remains at the heart of the Youth Impact program. It is here that our students learn how to assist and empower our community partners. Our repeat student volunteers often note that consistently volunteering with the same demographic has helped them to cultivate meaningful relationships with communities we serve and has taught them the tangible, positive impact of volunteerism. Hands On Tokyo is really proud that our students have internalized this message and are committing to volunteering regularly. We hope that you can take pride in them too.

 As for topics we are teaching in class-we have focused on teaching practical lessons such as: reading clocks, exchanging money for goods, learning about world cultures. In addition, we always make time for the students to get creative. Our St. Patrick`s craft and painting were a class favorite. We hope you enjoy the picture from our classes.

 On a different note-the LIVES Food Truck has made some very important strides. For just a gentle reminder of what the LIVES Food Truck is- it is a food truck that employees individuals with mental and physical disability. Our special needs workers prepare, cook, and serve the food with the assistance of student volunteers. We believe that this model represents not only inclusivity and empowerment of differently abled people-but also what a collaboration between special needs individuals and students could be.

 We are proud to say we have made tangible strides concerning this project. As of April 2019, we have started starting selling around 80 lunches per week-all of which are prepared by our paid special needs staff, Hands On Tokyo, and student volunteers. You can catch us at Meiji University`s Izumi Campus on Thursdays and Showa Jyoshi University in Sangen-Jaya on Fridays. Additionally, generous donations have helped us ensure that special needs employees are paid the Japanese minimum wage-1,000yen per hour. If you are interesting in learning more about this projects and ways to support it, I encourage you to check out our global giving page (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/lives-food-truck/).

 Finally, I wanted to touch quickly on our collaboration with Designing Artists Academy, our summer art day camp for children living in institutions because of poverty, and abuse and neglect from family members. The camp will run from August 12th to August 20th. Each day children will get to experience different creative methods: photograph, jewelry making, t-shirt decoration, painting, and many others.

 We have recruited 7 students from Youth Impact to support the camp as mentors or artists. Our volunteers` ages range from sophomores in high schools to seniors in college. We are really proud of the diversity of our volunteers, and also the interesting ways they will contribute. Our student artists will be leading cupcake decoration, ceramics, and mural painting. The other four will be mentoring our vulnerable children-encouraging the campers to express themselves through art and most importantly, create a positive relationships with the children. For more information, please check our Designing Artists Academy page on GlobalGiving (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/designing-artists-academy/).

 We want to say a big thank you again to our donors. Since the renewal of the Youth Impact program in 2017, we have evolved significantly. We hope that every time you read one of our reports that you are able to see that as well and note all the ways we have used your donations to educate young people in Tokyo. We look forward to updating you again in three months time and thank you again for your support. We hope you will consider investing in us again.

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Thank you to our generous supporters of the Youth Impact program. Our contributions have allowed us to sustain our projects and our affiliate programs, such as the LIVES Food Truck. We are looking forward to sharing the updates with you in this post.

 There are two projects that our students have most connected to: our projects to empower and teach at risk children through art and English and our LIVES Food Truck.

 Through experience, we have learned about the positive impact art can have on children`s development, particularly for children who struggle with PTSD due to abuse and neglect from their parental figures. Separation from blood relatives and the stigma surrounding this vulnerable group further compound the problem. Our organization has tried to support this vulnerable demographic by going to their shared homes once a month a month to teach English and art, and to provide them positive adult interaction.

 Since December, we have been able to do 3 projects. Our most creative programs were our Christmas and Valentines lessons which was taught by our Youth Impact team. For Christmas we had cookie and candy cane decoration, along with other fun activities. For Valentines Day, we exchanged handmade cards and candies. The children loved being able to create and work with our young volunteers. We are looking forward to doing more fun projects with our Youth Impact members and vulnerable children in the spring. As cross cultural understanding is also a very important part of our education programs, the next lesson will have a St. Patrick`s theme.

 Additionally, we are very excited to announce the Youth Impact`s special collaboration with the Designing Artists Academy, a summer art therapy camp for 40 vulnerable children in Tokyo. Our youth will be leading their own art sessions and mentoring the children. We are very much looking forward to joining this innovative program, and encourage you take a look at the Designing Artists Academy page on global giving: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/designing-artists-academy/

 Finally, our LIVES Food Truck continues to evolve, in large thanks to our generous donors.

 Securing locations to sell our healthy food has proven to be the most challenging aspect of the LIVES Food truck. Fortunately, we have been able to partner up with two universities in Tokyo who have helped us to secure a permanent time slots to sell food every week on their Showa campus in Setagaya-ku. British School in Tokyo, Showa University, and within a year, Temple University will all be on the same campus. We are looking forward to offering students from all three schools healthy dishes once a week.

 Meeting this goal is the biggest testament to the LIVES food truck`s legitimacy, and the belief that our disabled employees are fully able to serve food and interact with new customers. We are both humbled and grateful for the university`s faith in us, and we to hope to expose our inclusive model to as many young people as possible.

 Finally, we have partnered with other local NPOs who specialize in empowering differently abled people. In January, we participated in a winter festival for special needs children and their families, where we served 200 cups of healthy vegetarian soup. We will be selling our meals again at another event in the early spring hosted by Acceptions NPO.

 Acceptions shares The LIVES Food Truck mission of empowering down syndrome individuals and creates powerful inciatives to raise awareness, such as the Buddy Walk on March 31st in the Shibuya Area. This parade is an unique opportunity for special needs individuals to march with an escort through Tokyo. We will be selling our food at the event and hopefully catching some walkers before and after the walk. If you are in Tokyo, we hope to see you there.

 We want to say a big thank you again to our donors. Without your support, we would not have been able to begin this journey in the first place. We have grown and showed Japan what an inclusive and empathetic society for special needs and vulnerable children could look like. We are equally excited to see our students learn, provide much needed support to communities in need, and become leaders at our volunteer projects. We are so grateful that you also believed in our vision and decided to make an investment in us. We look forward to updated you in three months time and hope you will consider another investment in us.

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