STEAMing AHEAD...with DAA

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Thanks to funds raised by COLT in the 2018 Bike ride in Europe, we have paid for the venue of our summer Designing Artists Academy (DAA) Art Camp. We are adding A to STEM education and STEAMing ahead.

Every April we do assessments of the homes and are in the middle of compiling the data. We endeavor to collect as much BIG data from all of the 600 homes this year with the summer interns who have arrived and will be with us this summer.

We look into the population by age, the gender breakdown and how many are still supported by the homes after 18 years old..

We ask who is interested in the career assessment tests and mentoring program. If they have part time jobs, aspirations to go on to university and if they have sports or arts programs.

So far, almost none of the homes have Arts programs.

We are using NightZooKeeper in many ways including the drawing element of it. This is digital but a way for the kids to be creative while writing, participating in contests and connecting through the YouMeWe Schools we have set up in Philippines, Ghana and other countries as the children in our homes are multi cultural and this allows them to meet kids online from their other cultures, leave comments.

The NightZooKeeper curriculum we are completing as the new school year starts for other countries but summer quickly approaches us in Japan is around

  • PRIVACY AND SECURITY

  • DIGITAL FOOTPRINT & REPUTATION

  • SELF IMAGE & IDENTITY

  • CREATIVE CREDIT & COPYRIGHT

  • RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNICATIONS

  • INFORMATION LITERACY

  • CYBERBULLYING & DIGITAL DRAMA

  • INTERNET SAFETY

While we encourage the children to have Digital PenPals from the other countries, we will continue to teach the curriculum kicking off in June and then each quarter have a Conference Call with all of our Digital Citizens and facilitate conversations with the children about the above subjects which transcend borders, age, race and gender.

We have new volunteers and the interest in NightZooKeeper ebbs and flows depending on the interaction our children have with each other and the volunteers who help us. We want to keep a constant flow of writing and drawing going. We want this to be a way for the kids to interact with each other THROUGHOUT the year and now just when they meet once a year at DAA which they have been doing for a decade now with us.

Please consider helping us send kids living in children's homes in TOKYO to our 10th annual summer arts program. This is a unique, memorable and impactful experience for these kids. They love the camp, the home staff love the camp, and they make memories that last a lifetime. We want to rally our DAA community and reach our funding goal.

日本では、現在約3万人の子供達が児童養護施設に住み、数少ない職員達によって支えられながら暮らしています。彼らの中には、過去の虐待や貧困等からくる複雑な精神的問題を背負い、進学に必要なお金に不足したり、塾などへ通うお金が無く、大学に進学できなかったり職に就けない子供も少なくありません。NPOユーミーウィーは、アート・セラピーを通してこれらの子供達を支えるための夏季アートキャンプを10年前に始め、毎年40人の参加者を迎えてきました。是非、募金サイトReadyforを通して、日本の将来となる子供達を支えていただけますでしょうか。宜しくお願いします。

DONATE HERE: https://readyfor.jp/projects/DAA2019