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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
Mr. Paul Kuo talking to the Teen Advisory Board
Mr. Paul Kuo talking to the Teen Advisory Board

For the past three months, our Teen Advisory board has been very busy preparing for our annual charity concert, which we are holding on February 6th at the International School of Sacred Heart, as well as maintaining our monthly meetings to continue communication between the five international schools. Furthermore, a student from Kaisei Highschool, a local Japanese school, asked if he could get his school involved in volunteering through the teen board. We decided to expand our group to Japanese schools as well to reach a larger group of volunteers. Our goal this year is to expand our Teen Advisory board to ten schools and to hold a professional training session for the leaders. This will assure an efficient and successful Teen Advisory board that will be sustainable in the future. Mr. Paul Kuo, a Hands On Tokyo board member, has offered to help us achieve our goal and support us with our future endeavors.

 

Aside from our meetings, we have also been in constant communication through our private Facebook page where we discuss how to get our respective schools involved in the Hands On Tokyo projects. When there are not enough volunteers for one of the regular projects we advertise it in our schools and on our social media to recruit volunteers. The use of social media has brough a lot of attention and awareness to the organization.

 

At Christmas, some of the teens helped put together Christmas gifts for the youth athletes at the Special Olympics motor development program and enjoyed the day with the athletes. It was so much fun!

Teens volunteering at the MDP project
Teens volunteering at the MDP project
A set of Christmas gifts for the MDP project
A set of Christmas gifts for the MDP project
Teen Charity Concert 2016 advertisement
Teen Charity Concert 2016 advertisement
One of teen teams
One of teen teams

Day of Service is a one-day event which is held for Hands On Tokyo’s partner organizations, corporate sponsors and volunteers to get together and celebrate volunteerism. This year, it was held at Higashi Azabu Kumin Kyodo Space, again for everyone to interact with one another and to get to know about Hands On Tokyo’s activities.  

Day of Service took place on October 4th (Sun.) and it was a beautiful day.  Outside on the field, there were petting zoo, face painting, fire trucks and earthquake experience corners. There were also food booths, such as yakisoba (Japanese fried noodles), hot dogs, Wendy’s chili, cotton candy and ice cream, drink booth, and bake sale.   In the building on the third floor, there were crafts corner, wheelchair and braille blocks experiencing corner, and service dog demonstration.  

As a teen leader of the event, the experience was very rewarding, as many different teenagers from many of the international schools, such as the American School in Japan, St. Mary’s International School, Seisen international School, International School of the Sacred Heart, New International School and students from a Japanese High School,  Kaisei,  worked together to help the community.  

Prior to the event, each student was assigned to run a game for an hour-long shift. We chose an hour long shift because this allowed for more people to volunteer as well as for them to participate and take part in the event itself. We had five games; mini-golf, bowling, strike out, super ball scoop and ring toss. What was amazing and a first time experience for me was that we worked side by side with students from the blind school.  This was a bit challenging at times, but I really felt that we had a good time together. All the volunteers helped each other to make the booth run smoothly and to make sure that the children who came to play the games had a great time.   

Also, there were two high school girls with Down’s Syndrome who led the dance and we all danced together with them. This was also an unforgettable experience, and the girls seemed very happy to take the lead.  With the wonderful weather, people from diverse backgrounds got together as one family and enjoyed the day. It could not have been better. 

At the Day of Service, we had about 510 people: 252 volunteers, 148 from partner organizations and 110 visitors, and we gave back 559.5 hours to the community.  Thanks to all your continued support, we had another meaningful experience. Day of Service was a great success!  And the Hands On Tokyo Teen Group is becoming more and more active and excited about working with the community.  Thank you very much for your donation!

Entertaining children from partner organization
Entertaining children from partner organization
Dancing with Down
Dancing with Down's Syndrome kids
Toddlers enjoyed super ball scoop
Toddlers enjoyed super ball scoop
Help kids enjoy ring toss
Help kids enjoy ring toss
Thanks to a beautiful day!
Thanks to a beautiful day!

Dear Supporter,

    The teen advisory board has been very busy since our last report. The teens left the comforts of Tokyo and spent a weekend volunteering in the Tohoku region.  Almost four years has passed since the magnitude 9.0 earthquake damaged the area, causing one of the most devastating natural disasters on record. With each trip, Hands On Tokyo reassures the local residents that they have not been forgotten.

   In May, seventeen students accompanied by two chaperones travelled to Tohoku from Tokyo. This was made possible by supporters like you! Thank you so much for your support of our teen advisory board. Because of your generous contributions the teen advisory board was able to contribute to  our ongoing efforts in the Tohoku region. We raised $4,150 on Globalgiving so far, and we have $5,850 remaining to reach our minimum fundraising goal. We could use your help and support in getting the word out to others about the campaign underway to meet our goal!

  Here is a recap of the trip from Jennifer the club leader: 

    “We finally arrived at Yamamoto-Cho after 6 hours of traveling. We were in Yamamoto-Cho to help Saito-San,all his crops were destroyed in the tsunami along with his wife. We started by securing the paprika plants so they could continue to grow instead of flopping over to their side. This was a tedious task but no one complained. With 17 people the job was completed quickly and we moved on to the more labour-intensive task of sticking large metal tubes in the dirt to support the structure of the greenhouse. Although this was tough, we were able to get a couple greenhouses completed before we went back to our hotel for the night. Before we left, Saito-san offered us some of his delicious fresh strawberries that we enjoyed looking out at the beautiful mountains. 

    The next day, we traveled to Ogatsu-Cho where we visited the effects of the disaster on an elementary school. This touched the hearts of many of the students as they walked around the rubble viewing the broken down classroom walls and a crumbling painted mural of children holding hands. Then the bus drove us to a rose garden, which was started by Mrs. Tokumizu to give hope to the people because after the disaster the area was left undeveloped and gray. The rose garden was a symbol of regrowth, beauty and color. We pulled the weeds and cut the lavender to make into potpourri. After gardening, we went to visit an elementary school teacher who led us in a simulation of how the kids escaped from the rapidly rising water. We saw rubber balls, wood planks, and other things that got stuck in the tree when the tsunami hit. Then, he showed us a video that was taken on 3/11 of the actual tsunami. It was a very powerful experience. This really stirred emotion amongst the student volunteers and many told me that they would love to go on this trip again on their own time during the summer when they can as well as with the club again next year. 

   I really enjoyed being the trip leader and I am very excited for next year and all the volunteer opportunities to come. I am so grateful to be part of Hands On Tokyo and an active member of the Japanese community.”

Jennifer,  Hands On Tokyo Club Leader

Painting Project
Painting Project

Teen Report

 

Dear HOT supporters,

  Thank you so much for your support of our teen advisory board. We raised $2,600 on Globalgiving so far and we have $7,400 remaining to reach our minimum fundraising goal. We could use your help and support in getting the word out to others about the campaign underway to meet our goal!

  You may not be familiar with our teen advisory board, so I would like to explain about the group and the impact it is making every day. In 2010, The American School In Japan -Japan alumnus Jonathan Higa and Alex Heideman decided to get more involved in Hands On Tokyo by offering more youth-centered community service activities. Through volunteer activities, the students involved saw the need to establish the teen advisory board to spread the idea of volunteerism to teens in the international school community as well as sparking interest amongst their Japanese peers. By 2014, there were 19 members on the teen advisory board from six different schools. Their activities consisted of; environmental clean up efforts, technology projects with children in institutionalized homes, charity concerts, blind soccer- engaging participants with a lack a vision, Tohoku –disaster relief assistance, beach clean ups, gardening and painting at an institutionalized children’s home.

  April was a busy month for the teen advisory board. Hands On Tokyo hosted a "Spring Charity Concert" at the Tokyo American Club on Saturday, April 4th, 2015 along with the teen advisory board. All of the proceeds from this concert were used for our Tohoku Recovery Assistance and Projects. This event was a success! There were many teen volunteers who performed and assisted the day of the concert. On April 25th and 26th the teen advisory board facilitated a painting project. In the following pages you will find additional information about some of the events as well as some pictures of the teens in action.

Here’s a recap from the teen advisory board members:

“The painting project was a really inspiring and exciting event for us, it was a tangible manifestation of our efforts and goals over the past year. It was great to finally see our fundraising at work firsthand, and to be able to physically  participate in giving back to the community. What made this  event so successful, in my opinion, was the fact that the activity itself was so fun. Volunteering isn't necessarily gritty strenuous work in fact, what added to my personal sense of accomplishment was that we could come together and give to the community as a team. Making valuable connections and bonds as we do so. This feeling of collaboration and contribution combined with a positive side of spectacular, sunny weather made the day memorable and fun for all the participants: they were unanimous in regarding the day as a great success. ”

"It was especially cool for me because I never paint houses...not that I paint anything to begin with. It was a new experience for me and that made it even more fun. Collaboration and teamwork was something that was  emphasized throughout the entire day," said Kenji Makiguchi, a volunteering senior from St. Mary's International School.

 The current fundraising campaign will provide valuable support for our teens to continue to make an impact in the community both through their individual outreach and by being an example of engaged volunteerism to their peers in Japan. Please help us today by making a donation or by sharing the great work of these students with members of your network.

 A reminder that if you don't already, please follow and share what we are up to! We look forward to sharing more stories with you!

Painting Project
Painting Project
Spring Concert
Spring Concert
Painting Project
Painting Project
Painting Project
Painting Project

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Location: Tokyo - Japan
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Marie Gray
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