Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Summer 2017
Originally from Fukushima, Himawari is majoring in Global, Regional, and Urban Studies at Yokohama City University.
Himawari’s interest focuses on community development especially after The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in March 2011. Coming from Fukushima with a strong sense of local community, she feels that urban areas have a much weaker sense of community, and that in many areas, there is a lack of communications between different generations. Himawari sees this as an important issue, believing that lack of communication leads to a decline of human resources. She recognizes that community development cannot only be facilitated by the government, but also requires individuals to become more aware of their society’s environment.
To combat this issue, Himawari is planning to establish a non-profit organization that supports high school students’ projects that focus on community development. When she was working on her own community development project in high school, she found it difficult to make progress alone. Thus, Himawari wants to create an organization that provides the space, resources, and mentorship to support those students.
Through the TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Himawari is excited to exchange ideas and foster growing connections with those who are also passionate about creating change. She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge and gaining new skills that will help her be successful when she works to create her own non-profit organization in her hometown of Fukushima in the future.