At You Me We, there are several ways to make a lasting impact on a child's life. The following list represents our current program offerings and the various ways individuals or companies can offer support to children’s homes in Japan.
Career Assessment / Mentoring
When children turn 15, we offer career assessment testing so they can recognize their aptitude for certain subject matters, as well as potential developing interests. Test results highlight types of courses they might study in university or technical school, as well as a ranked list of jobs associated with their specific results. We analyze the results and provide guidance on how best to move forward. Would they be interested in an internship opportunity? Do they need counseling on university or technical school options? Or maybe they would like tutoring support in a particular area. The test results set a conversation in motion to help guide children on their future possibilities and the correlating steps that follow these options. Providing kids with several years of preparation and training before they start the job search or university equips them with so much more confidence and experience.
Seeking professionals who are willing to be paired with a child (normally 15 years old +) as they look to develop a career path. This includes mapping out a general plan with milestone markers to help them reach their goals. In addition, provide specific training and preparation tools such as interview scenarios, email correspondence etiquette, meeting presentation skills and using software in real-world scenarios (excel spreadsheet, PPT slides, etc.). We require a commitment of a quarterly meeting either at the home or online. We ask for this commitment to continue until the child reaches the age of 18.
Interested in supporting Career Assessment/Mentoring programs in the future?
We are interested in hearing from companies that are able to offer special internship opportunities to kids who have proven themselves to be dedicated in their academic studies as well as their ability to make a serious commitment towards their future. These internships can help provide real-world experiences that will bring tremendous value to their future career and overall maturity. If you would like to discuss possible internship opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sometimes children require additional education software, tutoring or special training to pursue their skills. If you are interested in supporting this type of program, please contact or the Donations page. We have a point system for the kids who are participating in the sessions. Your donations buy YMW ePoints which allow the kids to have more equipment or sessions.
Obaa-Chan in the Cloud
We are looking for volunteers to help coordinate our mentor exchange program between our network of children’s homes and elderly living in their local community.
This allows for a unique mentoring exchange to occur between the two demographics, where the older adults can share experiences and expertise with kids, and kids can become the "teachers" helping older adults learn how to become computer literate so they can connect with people online, order food and groceries, taxis, etc.
One of our goals is to ensure kids are well versed in technology, enabling them to safely and responsibly communicate and collaborate across school, future work environments, and everyday life. We offer children a variety of software training and mentoring to prepare them for secondary school or to increase their chances of securing a job at the age of 18.
Digital Citizen’s Club
This is a weekly club at Matsubaen children’s home that focuses on two areas of digital literacy. Volunteers teach children with special needs how to repair hardware in order to give them employable skills in the future. Volunteers also teach children basic software programs (Word, Excel, PPT), as well as the principles of “digital citizenship”, learning how to safely and responsibly use technology software and the Internet. Since starting this program, many children have even won certificates for their skills using basic software applications.
Interested in supporting Digital Literacy programs in the future?
If you are interested in a more regular volunteering commitment, we are happy to meet with you and discuss options. This could mean teaching a regular coding class, hosting basic software tutorials, or a series of graphic design workshops. We work closely with our network of children's homes to find out specific interests and needs, and based on this annual assessment, we pair programs/mentors with specific homes. Please contact email@example.com for more details.
There are times we need to purchase software/licenses as well as hardware for a home. If you are interested in making a financial donation to support the purchase of a technology-related item for a home or homes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Communications Development Programs
We offer online language software programs, as well as 1:1 language tutoring at interested children's homes. Providing kids with opportunities to expand their language skills and/or help teach other kids living in other countries is an exciting way for them to open up their perspective, learn about other cultures, and feel connected to something bigger in the world. There are several projects (either in an online format or in-person) that we can offer children's homes. Additionally, we have an annual summer arts program (Designing Artists Academy) that offers sessions ranging from music, dance and acting to animation, illustration, photography and crafts. These sessions allow kids to freely explore different art forms, encouraging new ways to communicate emotions and perspectives.
Night Zookeeper Writing Program
The Night Zookeeper writing program encourages kids in a fun environment to develop creative writing skills in English. Kids use an online writing tool, class blog and a library of interactive lessons to help advance their writing. This program is ongoing at the St.Francis, St.Joseph, and Matsubaen homes.
We Are Hope Language Program
This program to offer Arabic language support for Syrian children living as refugees in a foreign land, often orphaned, and with little access to Arabic. Volunteers dedicate their time and skills so that kids can continue to learn their native language from qualified instructors and ultimately preserve their culture. Arabic language instructors have the ability to dial-in via Skype or Zoom to teach kids living in refugee community centers (where approved).
We installed the Night Zookeeper language platform as well as Internet connections to create an environment that will allow for collaboration between kids in Japan and Syria by using English and also provide a platform for Arabic language instructors to volunteer to teach online so that Syrian children don’t lose their native language skills.
Language in the Cloud
Seeking teachers who are willing to teach [online] in a variety of languages. We are looking for Japanese, English, Arabic, and Sign Language instructors. We require a semi-regular commitment to be determined by both the children’s home and You Me We.
Designing Artists Academy
Designing Artists Academy (DAA) is an annual arts camp produced for children’s homes (orphanages) in the Tokyo area. Created in 2008 by Amy Moyers-Knopp while managing Living Dreams (www.livingdreams.jp), DAA was developed to offer children a collection of artistic workshops that help develop creativity, new perspectives, and performance skills in a safe, fun, and relaxed atmosphere.
DAA offers kids a chance to experience different forms of art - from dance, music and illustration to photography, painting, crafting, cooking and more. These sessions aim to encourage kids to think freely, experiment with creativity--in both an independent and collaborative fashion. Each summer, DAA typically hosts between 25-45 children over a period of 10 days. The age range is from 1st grade all the way up to senior high school. Split into groups (based on age) of no more than 10 children, volunteer artists develop workshops based around a common camp theme. During the camp, children work independently -as well as together- to create various art forms to be showcased at the camp exhibition reception. It truly is a feeling of accomplishment for the children to see the fruits of their efforts coming together at this final event.
We are always looking for volunteer artists, camp counselors and general support staff. Next year will be our 10th anniversary of the camp, so if you would like to be involved, please register to be on our list for 2018.
Interested in supporting Communications Development programs in the future?
If you are interested in a more regular volunteering commitment, we are happy to meet with you to discuss options. This could mean teaching a regular language class or a special arts lesson. We work closely with each home on their annual needs assessment survey so that we can pair programs/mentors with specific homes. Please contact email@example.com for more details.
There are times we need to purchase software/licenses as well as hardware for a home. If you are interested in making a financial donation to support the purchase of a technology-related item for a home or homes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. If you are interested in supporting this type of program, please contact or the Donations page. We have a point system for the kids who are participating in the sessions. Your donations buy YMW ePoints which allow the kids to have more equipment or sessions.