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.