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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

Thank you for your generous support of our Youth Impact program. Your contributions are helping us to create meaningful volunteer and personal growth opportunities for high school and college students in Tokyo.

 The Youth Impact program has continued to expand. Before the office closed on December 23rd, we were able to reach 195 students, visiting 2 new schools in December. The demand for volunteer projects has never been higher. In 2017, we had 130 students affiliated with the Youth Impact project volunteer at Hands On Tokyo.

 There are many NPOs that offer programs for youth. What makes Hands On Tokyo unique is our accessibility. Young people can immediately sign up to volunteer without being subjected to prolonged process. We offer 27 projects that range from athletics with down syndrome, education for visually impaired, and tango therapy for senior citizens and our young volunteers have taken full advantage of the wealth of programs we offer.

 Our young volunteers` favorite projects are teaching English to visually impaired individuals, institutionalized children, and athletics with special needs individuals. They continue to return to these projects and develop relationships with the recipients of services. Some are even in the process of becoming volunteer leaders. Our volunteers have remarked that there is nothing quite like the feeling of being recognized by a community partner despite months of being away and being responsible for positive outcomes of projects.

 Another way Hands On Tokyo is meeting the demand for volunteering opportunities is by creating new projects that students have requested.

 We had a very positive start to the project creation program with the English lesson with down syndrome students at Shinagawa Aquarium. Every volunteer was able to build a one on one relationship with a down syndrome recipient, as they taught vocabulary about the colorful fish and playful dolphins at the aquarium. The Youth Impact volunteers were delighted to see a program they had created come together so smoothly, and they gained confidence in their ability to lead a project. In addition, our high school volunteers were deeply moved by the experience and loved spending time with their partners. The day ended with volunteers and their down syndrome students walking back to the station hand in hand, chatting and laughing together. It is moments like these that linger with our volunteers and the reason why their commitment to volunteerism becomes deeper.

 In 2018, Hands On Tokyo wants to empower young volunteers to become agents of positive change in their communities. Our volunteers are not just getting experience working with individuals with variety of different needs; they are also learning about how to become advocates for people who are overlooked because of their disabilities. Ultimately the main objective of the Youth Impact program is for young people to use their experiences with us to begin a dialogue about how to empower people with special needs and institutionalized children. With your support, we will continue to create more projects that young people can lead and get in the field experiences with.

 Thus far, we have organized two projects for Youth Impact volunteers: a theater project with a children`s home and providing assistance to students at special needs public high school in Tokyo. We are also hoping to have spring related projects with special needs and children as well. We will be sure to discuss how the projects turned out in our next report.

 Thank you again for supporting Youth Impact. This project has moved forward because you believe volunteerism is most impactful at a young age and we need to invest in educating high school and college students now. We hope that you will consider another donation to creating a socially conscious generation at Hands On Tokyo.

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Youth Impact Team
Youth Impact Team

Thank you for your generous support of our Youth Impact program. Your contributions are helping us to create meaningful volunteer and personal growth opportunities for high school and college students in Tokyo. The Youth Impact program has made enormous progress since July when we posted our last global giving report. Your donations have helped us to fund a wide range of experiences, but most importantly the Youth Impact Mixer on October 28th and also the project creation initative which we will describe in the following message.

 Hands On Tokyo staff have spent the fall traveling to schools to raise awareness about our volunteer opportunities, who we work with, and describe the growth students could achieve by working with our NPO. We have encouraged students to continue to volunteer with Hands On Tokyo and also sign up for the Youth Impact newsletter to have access to a greater range of volunteer opportunities and network with people their age. As a result of our in person visits and also staying in touch with students who volunteered over the summer, the Youth Impact program has been able to reach 150 students from 10 schools, and the list is growing; there still remain two schools to be visited!  We now have 25 leaders on the Youth Impact board, who are leading and looking after the incoming members.

 To meet the demand for volunteer opportunities and further deepen the students commitment to volunteerism, we established the project creation initiative, which is funded by your donations. Students are invited to create a project with one of our 25 community partners. They plan the logistics: the time, the place, the activity, and whom they want to work with. Students lead the project, and are supervised by Hands On Tokyo staff. So far we have four submissions, and one just became a reality! On November 5th (Sunday) we will have our first project of this kind.

 College and high school students will visit Shinagawa Aquarium with down syndrome adults. The students will guide recipients through a very simple English conversation lesson based on the different aquatic environments and animals. We will have another project developed by a high school student in December with disadvantaged children; students will have a bonding experience with the children over hot chocolate and pine cone decorations. We anticipate that there will be at least six more to follow in the new year. Your donations are being used to cover expenses for volunteers as well as the recipients of these services. Thank you!

 Another way to meet the demand for volunteer opportunities and to provide more detailed information about Hands On Tokyo, the leadership created the Youth Impact Mixer on October 28th. This is the first time in the history of Hands On Tokyo that a fair specifically for college and high school has been organized, and we are glad we did.

 70 students have signed up for the event, and it will be led by 23 members of the Youth Impact leadership. You are funding this historic event. Your donations have allowed us to pay for promotional materials, t-shirts, beverages and foods, and other supplies we need to support this big event.

 The activities of the Youth Impact mixer have been organized and selected by the students. We will be having 40 minutes of networking and team building experiences, followed by presentations on leadership, volunteerism, benefits of becoming a Youth Impact member, and finally a time for students to create their own project for 2018. It will be an active day for our leaders who have poured their hearts into this project. Hands On Tokyo couldn`t be prouder of their efforts and ideas, and we hope you can take pride in them too.

 Despite how quickly we have grown, the leadership is committed to making sure that we are able to maintain the same sense of community we have had for many years. Our numbers may have increased, by our commitment to each other and the cause remains unchanged and is stronger than ever.

 We have traveled back in time to look at our origins, and figure out what made students engage with us in the first place. Besides the volunteer opportunities Hands On Tokyo offered, it was the community of students that made members stay. With this in mind, the Youth Impact team has selected the theme of inclusivity this academic year. What does that mean to us and how do we achieve that?

 Inclusivity means that ties between our Youth Impact leaders are solid and that we can lean on one another. It also means that we are doing everything possible to make sure incoming members also feel valued and individually acknowledged; that means follow up emails, checking in, and keeping incoming members aware of upcoming events. Finally it represents our commitment to serve our community partners and provide services they need most.

 Our elected leadership of high school and college students are working at full capacity to nurture and maintain connections between their schools and the Youth Impact team. They have been advocates for Hands On Tokyo community partners, as well at the link between their schools and our headquarters. Your donations directly affect their ability to do so.

 To stay up to date with the Youth Impact leadership, members, and our projects, follow us on Instagram at youthimpact_handsontokyo or join our mailing list. Send us an email at to receive updates about us.

 Thank you again for your generosity, and please consider another donation to the Youth Impact program, and to developing leaders who care deeply about creating an accessible and inclusive world for all people, regardless of background, disability, or age. They will not let you down.

With gratitude, 

The Youth Impact Team


Youth Impact volunteers in action
Youth Impact volunteers in action
Youth Impact leadership planning mixer
Youth Impact leadership planning mixer
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Thank you for your generous support of our youth volunteers. The newly minted Hands On Tokyo Youth Impact project for college and high school students is continuing to grow within our organization.

 The goal of the Youth Impact project has always been to empower students to become change agents in Tokyo. Staff and board members` aspiration is to give youth the resources and support they need in order to achieve their visions. Whether that be leading an English lesson for vulnerable children or working on promoting our organization to fellow students, we invite college and high schoolers to challenge themselves and create solutions and goals on their own.

 Hands On Tokyo is, simply put, the bouncing board for students to realize their own potential. We have been fortunate that our youth volunteers have taken full advantage of our faith in them and pursued multiple trajectories. The primary three primary goals we, staff and youth volunteers, have decided upon are as follows:

 -       Becoming leaders at projects and creating project plans

-       Occupying leadership positions within the peer group

-       Promoting the youth impact project and reaching out to potential partner schools.

 Throughout the summer season, our high school students have taken time to attend a variety of community projects. They have primarily focused on giving English lessons to special needs and vulnerable children. Projects with special needs children or those who have been abused or neglected can be very tedious. We must always consider potential tantrums and be careful not to trigger any painful memories or feelings of the children. The high schools students have treated the children with a gentleness and patience beyond their years. I think of the time a high school student was able to simultaneously soothe and guide an Autistic child through an English lesson. I remember the joy on the child`s face when she felt as though she had mastered the material.

 I think of the ingenuity of our high school interns in June who created a special robotics English lesson. Despite any feelings of self-doubt and hiccups along the way, they remained engaged with the students. They were able to teach them the basic make-up of a solar panel car. I think of one of our new high school member sitting with an elementary school who was, at first, too shy to produce a full English sentence. After two hours though, she could confidently say, ` the dog is brown and black` and create full sentences. These are just a few stories out of many. Hands On Tokyo staff are looking forward to continuing to witness this maturity and awareness in our youth volunteers.

 Finally our students have thought of a variety of ways to promote the Youth Impact program and reach as many new potential partners and sponsors.

 It is essential that the Youth Impact Program grow at an appropriate speed. In order to maintain our membership and connect with new ones, college and high school students have divvied up responsibilities amongst themselves. For example, one of our college students created an Instagram account to help us to promote; please follow us at youthimpact_handsontokyo to catch a glimpse of what we do. Another university student is creating a new logo for the youth impact program.

 Our high school students have also voted for their own leadership: a president, vice president, and two secretaries. They will help guide our high school students this year, and also act as a communicators between the Hands On Tokyo office and students. From September and onward, they are organizing times where we can give presentations at their schools, and hopefully, create new membership.

 We are also planning a student led mixer on October 28th. This four hour event will not only promote our organization and causes, but also establish a mentoring program. College students will groom high school students to take on leadership roles at community projects. The college students will also help high students plan their future.

 There are so many ventures Hands On Tokyo is excited to pursue this fall. It has not been easy communicating across 10 schools, but everyone has risen to the challenge and solidified their commitment to us and each other. Thank you for your past investment in our youth volunteers. These improvements would not have been possible without you.

 At this crucial time of growth, we would like to encourage you to consider a donation. Be a part of helping students create positive change in Tokyo.

 Hands On Tokyo is more than hopeful for the amelioration of the Youth Impact program. We are confident that the youth impact project will nurture deeper ties with individuals in need and fellow students in the Tokyo area. Being a bystander and waiting for things to happen is not a part of our youth volunteers` mentality; they are actively finding ways to improve themselves and this Youth Impact program. We hope we can continue to prove ourselves worthy of your investment and faith in us.

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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.


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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.

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