2. OUR MISSION
Our primary mission is to help children growing up in institutionalized homes prepare for life outside the
home once they reach the age of 18. We offer support programs that increase a child's opportunity to become a
productive and financially independent young adult in their community. This means helping kids develop and hone
critical skills such as language, writing, digital literacy, etc., and ultimately increase confidence levels that can lead
to new opportunities and choices in the future. Providing tutoring support, internship opportunities, as well as
guidance on university/technical school options will offer children another critical layer of support as they start to
make plans for their future. Developed skill sets, solid communication abilities, and a thorough understanding of
their options will help set kids on the right path towards successful independence.
This is no easy task for any child, but it can prove especially challenging for kids without continual 1:1 attention. It is
our hope that by providing educational and mentoring-based support, we will be improving their overall chances.
For the past decade we have been working closely with many children's homes in the Tokyo area to better
understand each home's needs, unique environments and the interests of their kids. Further, we continue to learn
about the various challenges each home faces and try to determine how we can best work together to develop
support solutions. It is important to note that without first understanding the dynamic of each home and getting to
know the staff and children, we would not be able to create effective and lasting support programs. The other
element to achieving our mission is engaging the local community - through volunteering their expertise and time -
as well as specific financial donations across the different programs.
Our main areas of focus fall under Digital Literacy, Communications Development and Mentoring.
3. Michael Clemons, Founder
Daryll Knopp, FICO
Miho Walker, TRANSLATOR
Robin Joffe,FROST & SULLIVAN
Shinji Suzuki, CHEF
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
4. CSR PARTNER 2018:
Colt leads the way in enabling your digital transformation through agile and on
demand, high bandwidth solutions.
Colt CSR believes investing in the future is what matters. Delivering business results
in a responsible way to our customers, whilst sustainably applying our technology
and expertise is key.
With charity partners in every Colt country we encourage our colleagues to
volunteer and support local initiatives taking responsibility for the impact our
business has on wider society.
Our approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) involves sharing ideas with
colleagues and customers which result in activities that have a positive impact
beyond our daily business activities, both internally and externally.
Our CSR activity is based on 4 key pillars: Colleagues; Customers, Community and
6. Home Coordinator
• Coordination work with each home * Personnel Allocation: personnel
allocation working in conjunction with Volunteer Office * PC Management:
logging serial numbers of computers coming from manufacturers and
shipping them as well as * Contents: writing lecture materials and
conveying contents for sustaining children’s involvement in conjunction
with coordinators (It is recommended that each coordinator will have a
monthly meeting with the members in charge of content, where they can
exchange opinions and
• In the process of expanding Digital Citizens nationwide YouMeWe will
create branches in regions with functions of Volunteer Office and Digital
Citizens section under the management of Area Manager hired as a full
7. Volunteer Office
•Recruitment: recruitment of volunteers
•Coordination: coordination of volunteers where allocation of volunteers and instructions to
them are conducted
•Lectures: lectures where volunteers are taught in a periodic way mission
•Rules: rules of Digital Citizens, what a volunteer for Digital Citizens should be
Fund-raising Office is separated into two departments: Communications and Fundraising.
Fund raising Office will be headed by a full-time employee with salary, who will be
responsible for proposal activities and coordination towards donors.
Communications Department is in charge of external communication with a mission to raise
awareness to activities of YouMeWe and to disclose the information on YouMeWe’
accomplishments to the public. This department has 8 following functions:
•Organize activities for raising awareness of YouMeWe and Digital Citizens, including event
•Maintaining and updating an attractive website of YouMeWe and Digital Citizens
•Preparing reports for sharing information on activities with donors
•Handling inquiries to YouMeWe and Digital Citizens from external parties
•Writing and announcing press-releases on the activities of YouMeWe and Digital Citizens on
the website and other media
•Translating materials for reports and website content (from English to Japanese and vice
•Establishing partnerships with other NPOs
•Establishing partnerships with governmental organizations and associations
Fund-raising Department is in charge of collecting donations from a wide range of sources. It
has 3 functions as follows:
Company: gathering donations from companies
Foundation: applying for subsidies from foundations
Individual: organizing activities for gathering donations from individuals
Project Office as a front unit operating the programs, such as Digital Citizens,
Designing Artists Academy and Christmas Wish, etc. Head of the Project Office will
supervise all YouMeWe programs besides Digital Citizens activities. Being responsible
for overall handling of volunteers he/she will be a full-time employee with a monthly
salary. Under Digital Citizens, at least 7 functions will be necessary.
•Coordinator: coordination work with each home
•Personnel Allocation: personnel allocation working in conjunction with Volunteer
•PC Management: logging serial numbers of computers coming from manufacturers
and shipping them as well as peripheral equipment to homes
•Guideline for Staff: writing guidelines for staff in homes and revising them
•Contents: writing lecture materials and conveying contents for sustaining children’s
involvement in conjunction with coordinators (It is recommended that each
coordinator will have a monthly meeting with the members in charge of content,
where they can exchange opinions and create new ideas)
•Rule Book for Children: writing rulebooks for children and revising it periodically
•Help Desk: replying inquiries from homes through website and by phones
8. Seven volunteers are required for the implementation of the package to an average home, i.e. one
coordinator who oversees the whole project and six trainers who provide lectures. Trainers are
allocated as the staff for 10 lectures in each home held in the period of three months.
From the point of view of volunteer’s sustainability burden for volunteers should be as minimal as possible.
Therefore the standard format will be following: three-six volunteers execute one lecture, each volunteer
holds three month intensive course an event involving usage of computers will be held quarterly. This three
month training and the event will make up a cycle which will be repeated every year.
11. Welcome to Obaa-chan in the Cloud!
• “Obaa-chans” Skyping with children in Tohoku and Tokyo!
• Not only “grannies” of course, but grandpas too! And mums and
dads and aunties and uncles and… While we do have many grannies
it’s the attitude that matters – encouraging, nurturing, praising and
offering guidance rather than directing, instructing and examining.
• In this blog you’ll find reports from grannies about how their Skype
sessions went – grannies sharing and learning from each other.
• If you’d like to know more, see:
• BBC article: Granny army helps India’s school children via the cloud
• Website: www.theschoolinthecloud.org/
• Get involved: TED presentation