Education  Japan Project #11841

Unleash the Potential of Young Changemakers

by ASHOKA JAPAN
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Youth Venturers
Youth Venturers

Dear supporters and donors,

Last Saturday, four newly elected Youth Venturers gathered in Tokyo. It was nice to see them getting to know each other while chatting about projects and other personal stories! Check out the attached photos!

 

Here are the two more who got elected in June 18:

Hayato invented a cookie that will help patients with heavy food allergy build immunity for the food, reducing the risk of accidentally having reaction which might lead to death. This project was born from Hayato's experience witnessing his little brother with several severe food allergy and how his mother also had to work hard for it.

Satomi created a class kit with a set of Karuta game to learn about cervical cancer for middle and high school students. She hopes that every student will gain proper knowledge and make a decision on their own.

 

This small community of young changemakers seems hope in Japan, and we would keep finding more young people like them while trying to create an ecosystem to nurture those youth in the future.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Best,

Yoi on behalf of Ashoka Japan team

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Yuna and Kaoru
Yuna and Kaoru

Dear supporters,

Thank you for your all support, financially and mentally.

We are happy to report that we have elected two Youth Venturers, Yuna and Kaoru two weeks ago! We are very excited to have new members to our community of young changemakers!

Yuna lived in Myanmar for two years until the coup took a place last year. Back in Japan, she realized that many of her classmates are having biased view on Myanmar. She created Yangon Karuta, a card game to learn about Myanmar while giving a chance for Japanese students to think about what's happening in the world. She holds events at schools and local communities and hopes to expand even more!

Kaoru is holding a "playpark" as a way to "unlearn" the attitude among children in Japan, that is, waiting for the orders and following expectations of adults. In her playpark, children are encouraged to make their own decisions instead of asking permissions or directions from adults. At the same time, parents who bring children are asked not to interfere their children's play, and let them decide, be creative, and make mistakes.

 

Tomorrow, we are holding another selection panel with two candidates. We'll share the result shortly after the event :)

 

Have a nice day!

 

Best regards,

Yoi

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Dear supporters and donors,

Hello! This is Yoi Ashida from Ashoka Japan.

Even in the midst of COVID, we are rigorously advancing and carefully holding events, including the one in Osaka on April 9, the 2nd We Are the Change x Kansai.

Three Youth Venturers presented their projects:

  1. Reina is working on improving education and training for college students in a teacher certificate program. As she sees that coaching and facilitation skills are missing in the current system, Reina tries to incorporate new training for future teachers to successfully guide their students in the future.

  2. Rinyu is publishing free magazines for children and parents to introduce quality books to read. There is a serious drop in the amount of reading books among high schoolers, and Rinyu tries to tackle the issue by nurturing the joy of reading rather than mandating it as an assignment.

  3. Raised in an orphanage most of her life, Yuna successfully raised approximately 340,000 USD in 40 days to deliver "the best book of your choice" from 5,000+ people to 110 orphanages in Japan. She is now tackling an opportunity gap for the children under foster care system in general. Her projects include the programming education in collaboration with Amazon.com and YMCA.

 

It was great to see how the audience got excited to realize the potential youth has to create positive changes in the society. We also feel that, by organizing an in-person event every three months, we are nurturing the community of youth and adults who understand the importance of changemakers in this world. The next one is planned on July 24.

You can also read the more detailed event report in here (Japanese text only with photos!)

 

Best regards,

Yoi Ashida on behalf of Ashoka Japan team

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Dear donors and supporters,

 

Hello, this is Yoi from Ashoka Japan. We would like to update you all about the recent event we held.

At the end of last year, we were able to organized an in-person event called We Are the Change x Kansai at Osaka.

It was three-part: 1) keynote speech by Makoto Watanabe, a newly elected Ashoka Fellow, 2) presentations by 5 Youth Venturers, and 3) free talk with Makoto and youth on the topic of "changemaker." More than 30 people joined, and there was a lively energy in the room, full of excitement!

To build a community and movement of Everyone a Changemaker from Kansai region, we decided to hold such in-person event every three months where the youth can inspire each other and the adults can learn how to better support youth to be changemakers.

 

The next one is in two weeks, on Saturday, April 9. If you are around Osaka and would like to join, please let us know!

Also, event report in Japanese is available here.

 

Best,

 

Yoi Ashida, Ashoka Japan

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Rinyu
Rinyu

Hello! This is Yoi from Ashoka Japan.

In November, we took advantage of the decline of COVID cases and held three LEAP workshop in person.

LEAP workshop is designed mainly for middile and high school who want to take action for the betterment of society but don't know how. Basic structure is: 1) introducation of Youth Venturers (YVers) as their peer role model, 2) self-reflection to figure out what issue they want to tackle, and 3) think about the first step of their action.

At Kyotanabe (Kyoto), Amagasaki (Hyogo), and Yuza (Yamagata), around 40 students participated. They seemed to be inspired by examples of YVers, who are around their age and already creating differences.

At the same time, YVers shared their first steps of their action, which seems feasible for the participants. For example, Yuna shared that her project started by a simple tweet, and Reina started her action by writing her experience on a blog.

A participants wrote: "social problem" never sounded related to me, but through this workshop, I felt there are some issues around me that I want to work on.

We would like to holding more of this workshop, so if you are in Japan and interested in collaborating with us, please contact Yoi <yashida@ashoka.org>

With the power of YVers who embody changemaker, we will keep moving forward. Thank you for your support!

 

Best,

Ashoka Japan Team

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Yoi Ashida
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