Sponsor Young Fellows to Help Earthquake Victims
Through this "Disaster Recovery Leadership Program," you can sponsor talented young Japanese to become entrepreneurial disaster recovery leaders and energize their work reconstructing the Tohoku region in Japan. These young leaders in their 20s and 30s from all over Japan will be sent to 50 projects for disaster relief and community and industrial revitalization.
Examples of such projects include: a community bus operation project and a project to create an association of food industries in the Eastern region of Japan. The Fellows in this Disaster Recovery Leadership Program must make full-time commitment for period of 3 months to 1 year. This can be made possible only with your financial support. Our goal is to sponsor Fellows who will become the leaders of next generation, and to generate 15,000 beneficiaries in community revitalization and 600 new jobs through industrial revitalization. Furthermore, this program cultivates social awareness and an entrepreneurial spirit in youth and the people around them, while taking advantage of their energy and ambition for long-lasting and effective development. This program has the potential to move past mere relief and progress and have a ripple effect towards social end economic development throughout Japan.
The earthquake and tsunami left devastation in its wake, and leading figures in Japan have incubated many projects for disaster relief and reconstruction. With over a quarter of the population being over 65 years old and the migration pattern towards city centers, however, the lack of young individuals to help lead those projects is evident. ETIC believe that in order to facilitate the reconstruction effectively and efficiently, it is necessary to provide financial supports for skilled young talents who can then commit themselves fully for reconstruction.
Partner since August, 2011
iLEAP cultivates and inspires a new generation of global citizens motivated by a commitment to service and who have the practical skills, critical thinking, and global community of support to create systemic positive social change in the world. iLEAP envisions a worldwide community of interlinked global citizens and innovative organizations from which will emerge creative partnerships that will fundamentally shift the practice and purpose around international volunteerism, business, and development. iLEAP also serves as a fiscal sponsor to ETIC. Koji Yamauchi, is the Managing Director of Entrepreneurial Training for Innovative Communities (ETIC) and a graduate of iLEAP's Social Innovation Forum, Japan. Established in 1993, ETIC has been operating long-term internship projects for young Japanese social entrepreneurs. ETIC’s mission is to nurture individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit and give them the support and training to become the leaders of the next generation. Not long after March 11th, 2011, because of its long history of leading social enterprise and youth leadership, ETIC was able to start "Disaster Recovery Leadership Program" was established to support entrepreneurial leaders in Tohoku region and to nurture young talent to relieve, rebuild, and restart Japan. In order to meet the needs for skilled young talents in the disaster affected area, ETIC. has been and will be finding and sending such individuals to help lead and manage various projects. Furthermore, ETIC. supports those individuals by connecting them to successful entrepreneurs, organizations, companies, local networks, etc. according to the needs. In addition, ETIC provides regular mentoring and advising services on strategic operation and social innovation, using their skills and experiences in the development of human resources.