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Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact Project

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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

Thank you for your generous support of our youth volunteers. We believe that the volunteers have proven themselves worthy of your investment and we are proud of what they have accomplished four months into the new year. At the beginning of 2017, Hands On Tokyo made a promise to our donors to grow and expand the reach of our youth volunteerism program, and we are excited to share with you several ameliorations in this report.

 Hands On Tokyo staff have put a great deal of time and thought into evaluating best methods to gain traction with college and teen students through monthly meetings with them. We have used the monthly reunions as a way to hear their input and implementing the ideas they have. As a result, the youth volunteers are beginning to define their own unique Hands On Tokyo identity.

 Our teen board continues to prove their presence at Hands On Tokyo. On multiple occasions, they have taken the initiative to organize their own projects and also recruit volunteers from their schools to participate.

 On February 4th, The teen board put together a fundraiser at the Kanto Festival. Selling chili, they were able to raise 6,000 yen to be used for various projects in Tokyo. Furthermore, On April 23rd, Hands On Tokyo collaborated with Fujisawa based NPO, Soleil de Provence, to carry out a beach cleaning project at Higashihama beach. This project was subsidized with Global Giving donations, ensuring that as many teen volunteers were able to join the event and Hands On Tokyo was also able to make a contribution to Soleil de Provence. 22 students representing three international high schools joined the event, including our newest addition to the team, the British School in Tokyo. A total of 135kg was collected from the beach, including 43 bags of non-burnable and 32 burnable trash. This was Hands On Tokyo`s first time collaborating with this NPO. As a result of the strong impression our teen Hands On Tokyo volunteers made on Soleil de Provence, we will continue to collaborate and participate in projects with the NPO. We are also proud to announce that newest youth volunteerism project: the College Board.

 Thus far, we have four universities represented on the board: Waseda University, Keio University, Sophia University, and the International Christian University. Even though the college students are just getting started, two college members from ICU have already begun leading two of our community projects, bowling with mentally handicapped individuals and running with blind joggers. Another volunteer from Waseda has helped with Koko Club, a community project that teaches English to students with varying degrees of blindness. The Global Giving funds have subsidized the travel expenses of our college board members, making it possible for them to attend as many projects as possible and perform their leadership duties. Now that the college students have gotten started with the academic year and have been able to solidify their schedules, we are hoping that they can continue to make meaningful contributions to our community projects.

 Despite hectic schedules, balancing part time jobs and school work, and coming from different schools, our teen and college board members remain committed to our organization and to one another. We are grateful for their time, but most of all to you, our supporters.

 We want to thank you for believing in our youth leadership program; you are directly funding the teen and college members` ability to work with us without any costs. We are looking forward to seeing what they can accomplish over the summer, as well as Hands On Tokyo staff going to the schools to promote this program.

 We hope that you will consider donating again to this cause. Thank you for your support, and we hope we can fulfill your expectations.

 

Happy New Year!

Thank you for your incredible support of our youth leadership program this past year. You are directly helping our newest generation of Hands On Tokyo volunteers to spread awareness about our organization and create positive impact in communities in need throughout out Japan. They have proven to be indispensable members of our team. With their help, Hands On Tokyo was able to meet new goals, grow further, and host events.

In November, our teen volunteers carried an essential role at our Taste for Volunteering soirée that raises funds for our organization and projects. They circulated the room, helping locate donors, providing direction, and ensuring that the event went smoothly. We are especially proud of their role at the event and their representation of Hands On Tokyo in their schools and at our projects.

In December, the American School in Japan boy scouts went to Ogatsu in Miyagi Prefecture. Ogatsu was completely devastated by the tsunami and is still far from ready for reconstruction and redevelopment.

15 Hands On Tokyo volunteers helped move plants, weed, fertilize, and plant colorful pansies and tulip bulbs at the Ogatsu Rose Garden Factory.

A local resident founded the Ogatsu Rose Garden Factory after the tsunami on the land where her mother perished. Her goal is that former residents and visitors can once again see beauty when they first enter Ogatsu. It is also a place where families can grieve the loss of loved ones. The founder was grateful to have school children there volunteering. Their laughter and energy calmed the souls of those who sadly perished.

With your generous support, we hope to be able to continue bringing volunteers to Ogatsu in the near future.

There is still so much to be done in Tohoku, and people in need of support and encouragement. We are now planning our first volunteer weekend in Tohoku in 2017 and looking forward to taking a group of our youth volunteers with us next month.

Thank you in advance for your continued support of our ever growing youth leadership program. 2016 was a big success, and we are all excited to see what they can accomplish in this new year with your help.

Teen Board at Day of Service 2016
Teen Board at Day of Service 2016

 At the 2016 Day of Service on October 23, 2016, the Hands On Tokyo Teen Board, consisitng of representatives from the International Schools of the Kanto Region, provided several game booths for many children to enjoy. The games centered around a petting zoo and several concession stands. The activites attracted many oncomers, offering prizes in exchange for free play! Organizing the booths required monthly Teen Board meetings to plan and select roles for representatives. Members of the Teen Board are also Hands On Tokyo club leaders for their respective schools. Therefore, gathering supplies, volunteers, and thinking of games turned out to be a breeze. Eventually during the montly sessions, it was decided that each Teen Board member would organize their own activity for the Day of Service, which would make it easier for every school to communicate with their Teen Board member and organize amongst themselves. 

On the Day of Service, the Teen Board had mini golf, baseball, target pitching, super ball scooping, bean bag toss, and traditional Japanese toys (Kendama, Daruma-Otoshi, and Koma) activities set up. All in all, the game booths turned out to be a great success. Many children lined up to play and hoped for prizes. The games absolutely added to the overall liveliness of the event. Efficient and Effective, the Hands On Tokyo Teen Board enjoyed being a part of the memorable Day of Service, and the valuable volunteer experience that came along with this day.

In addition to running the game booths, the Teen Board was also responsable for recruiting volunteers from our schools. We hung up posters and talked about the Day of Service event during school assemblies. As a result, there were a lot of high school students who signed up to participate through the Hands On Tokyo website. In general, the Teen Board helps promote a variety of Hands On Tokyo events at our schools. We encourage our classmates to volunteer at events such as the Motor Development Program. It is an ideal opportutunity for students to give back to the community.

The Hands On Tokyo Teen Advisory Board welcomed new members from the Christian Academy in Japan this year. On the Day of Service, we also met Zama American High School who expressed interest in joining the Teen Board. Finally we welcomed new members from the International Schools of the Kanto region to fill in the role of the departing seniors.

Last year, the Teen Advisory Board held our annual charity concert at the International School of Sacred Heart. The concert attracted performers from various schools and over 100 attendees came to the event. From playing the ukelele to singing, our performers showcased a wide range of talents. We hope to continue this project again this year. The concerts the previous two years have proven to be extremely successful. Futhermore the profit made from the charity concert will will be used to fund an end of the year project the Teen Board decides on very soon.

We would like to thank you for your donations this and last year through GlobalGiving. With your support, the Teen Board was able to carry out a children`s home painting project led by the Saint Mary`s School. In addition to painting the locker rooms in preparation for the summer, our volunteers gardened, washed cars, and cleaned the area around the pool. 

This year we would like to continue reaching out to the community and plan projects that will leave a lasting impact. These projects are possible because of your generous donations, and we hope you will continue to be a part of our projects. Again, we thank you for all your help through GlobalGiving that enables us to be change makers in the Tokyo region. 

Game Booth at Day of Service 2016
Game Booth at Day of Service 2016
Teen Board Monthly Meeting
Teen Board Monthly Meeting
Teens assembling the shelves
Teens assembling the shelves

On July 4th, we went back to the Chofu Gakuen Children’s home to build and place the new metal shelves into the pool lockers we recently painted in April. I gathered six students from ASIJ and SMIS to carry out the project. The new shelves were assembled to replace the deteriorating wooden shelves that were used by the children before. Hironori Kuo and James Newton found and ordered these stainless steel shelves with the help of the Hands On Tokyo office, our adult supervisor, Aya Higa, and your generous donations. We knew that it would be a more sustainable material since the shelves will have to endure the water from the pool and the extremely humid Japanese summers.

We were also asked to move heavy 20 kg boxes of chlorine from the pool locker rooms to the shed. It was a beautiful sunny day and all the teens worked extremely hard to complete the project efficiently and with great enthusiasm.

It was great to come back to Chofu Gakuen Children’s Home and build on the relationship we started with them in the spring. We hope to continue doing more projects with them as the new school year approaches and the new Teen Advisory Board takes action.

The Teen Advisory Board next year will be headed by Theint Theint Thu, from the International School of the Sacred Heart, as the newly elected board president. She is organized, passionate, friendly, and extremely capable, and there is no doubt that the Teen Advisory Board will flourish and grow stronger in her leadership. The Teen Advisory Board is planning to lead the game booth at the Hands On Tokyo annual “Day of Service” festival again in October, participate in supporting the MLB marathon (a new project for us) in early fall, and hold our annual charity concert.

 

Thank you so much. We could not continue our projects or spread teen awareness and passion for volunteering without your continued support! 

The assembled stainless steel shelves
The assembled stainless steel shelves
With the farmers in Yamamoto-cho
With the farmers in Yamamoto-cho

The past couple of months have been extremely busy for the Hands On Tokyo Teen Advisory Board. Recently, we have welcomed Aoba International School and BST to join our team and have invited them to one of our meetings to explain what Hands On Tokyo is about. We also elected our future President, Vice President, and Secretary for the coming school year. I am confident that our Teen Board will continue to grow and become and even stronger influence as the years go on.

Two weeks ago, eighteen students from the American School In Japan Hands On Tokyo group went on our annual Tohoku trip over the weekend of April 16th. First, we went to Ishinomaki to help out Saito-san’s farm. Saito-san is a farmer who Hands On Tokyo has partnered with since the earthquake hit the northern region of Japan. We sewed rice grains and placed them in the green house. This tedious job is usually done only by around four or five workers, but it was completed in just a couple hours. Everyone not only helped out Saito-san but was also able to learn about the process of farming the rice. Afterwards, we went and visited a couple of elementary schools that were destroyed in the 3/11 disaster. The teen volunteers were able to see the destruction in real life as opposed to the mere photos on television or online, allowing for a deeper connection with and feeling of sympathy for the victims of the disaster. This was a good way to inspire even more passion in the volunteers about what exactly they were there for. The next day we went to the town of Ogatsu to visit the Hands On Tokyo O-Link house and to help paint 1,000 ogatsu-ishi (a slate found only in the Ogatsu mountains) with black ink so that the people can paint them and put them together into a mural; this is to celebrate and motivate the 1,000 people who are left in this town, trying to revive the region. Each ASIJ student was able to paint his or her own message/image onto one of the small rocks, concluding our Tohoku trip. All the volunteers were extremely hard working and responsible students, making this year’s Tohoku trip very successful once again. 

 

Last Sunday, April 24th, the Teen Advisory Board had our painting project at the Chofu Gakuen Children’s home. This project was led by Hironori Kuo and James Newton from St. Mary’s International School. The logistics and details were discussed the week before and we were able to gather over 50 students from the five international schools. We split them up into three groups: painting, gardening, and car-washing. We held a morning and afternoon session but many of the students opted to volunteer the entire day. The pool locker rooms were painted a nice summery green with the help of professional painters who have helped out the teen painting projects in the past. Through this project, the Teen Board was able to create a relationship with the Chofu Gakuen children’s home and we are planning on doing more with them in the future. 

 

Thank you so much for all your support, which has enabled us to carry out various meaningful projects! 

At the O-Link House in Ogatsu-cho
At the O-Link House in Ogatsu-cho
Top Left: painting the pool changing rooms, Top Ri
Top Left: painting the pool changing rooms, Top Ri
 

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Location: Tokyo - Japan
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Marie Gray
Tokyo, Japan
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