Seeking to help people affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake rebuild their lives and to support revitalization of the afflicted areas(*), Sumitomo Corporation launched the Sumitomo Corporation Youth Challenge Program for the Revitalization of East Japan in 2012 to provide support for young people who participate in the revitalization process. Through proactive and continuous involvement in the process of revitalizing eastern Japan, we hope that the young participants will expand both their knowledge and experience base and develop into future leaders who can play central roles in the further development of local communities and society at large.
Sumitomo Corporation, with cooperation from the Civil Society Initiative Fund, has supported for revitalizing the afflicted areas and rebuilding the lives of affected people.
"To help people affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake rebuild their lives and to support revitalization of the afflicted areas" refers to initiatives carried out primarily in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, as well as areas where disaster-affected people continue to live as evacuees. "Youth" and "young people" refer largely to undergraduate and graduate students aged in their late teens and 20s.
The Youth Challenge Program consists of two parts: the Activity and Research Subsidy and the Internship Encouragement Program. The Activity and Research Subsidy aids activities and research conducted by voluntary youth teams, clubs and groups or activities and research conducted independently by young people belonging to organizations such as NPOs, universities and graduate schools. Meanwhile, the Internship Encouragement Program supports long-term youth internships at NPOs and other organizations that carry out activities in disaster-affected areas.
We provide subsidies for activities and research conducted by young people with the aim of revitalizing the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and helping affected people rebuild their lives.
We offer incentives to young people to engage in long-term internships at NPOs and other organizations that carry out activities in areas affected by the disaster.