Apr 2

volunteerAKITA’s Paul Yoo recognized for National Volunteer Week by Beliefnet.com

In honor of National Volunteer Week, Beliefnet.com has nominated volunteerAKITA’s Paul Yoo for April’s Most Inspiring of the Month for Paul’s work with The Fruit Tree Project and other Tohoku relief work. Go to the link below to vote for Paul. http://www.beliefnet.com/Inspiration/Most-Inspiring-of-the-Month/April/Nominees.aspx?p=2


Jan 19

JET Paul Yoo seeks donations to help Sendai orphan attend college

See below request from Akita Prefecture JET Paul Yoo, founder of volunteerAKITA.   JETwit note for context:  Paul has been going above and beyond the call of duty in terms of volunteering and organizing volunteers in Tohoku.  JETAA USA recognized his efforts in providing him funding to help defray costs associated with organizing volunteers to go […]


Nov 17

JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Matthew Gillam, Senior Researcher at the Japan Local Government Center

By Adam Lobel (Nagano-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Last year, Adam returned to New York after 10 years in Japan, where he researched satoyama (traditional landscape of Japan) as a master’s student, and collaborated with Japanese policymakers in science and technology while working at a think tank. Adam currently helps manage his family’s business, a land use law firm […]


Feb 21

volunteerAKITA Scholarship Fund Update 02.21.12

JET Paul Yoo, founder of volunteerAKITA, recently shared this update about fundraising for the volunteerAKITA Scholarship Fund which aims to send a boy from one of the orphanages they work with to university (the first boy from the orphanage to ever express interest in going to college): “Hey everyone! A BIG THANKS for all the support! […]


Nov 9

*************** Thanks to JETAA USA Country Representative (and JETAA USA Fund Committee member) Megan Miller (Hyogo-ken) for the following summary of the JETAA USA Earthquake Relief Fund’s disbursements.  It was originally an e-mail sent to the JETAA USA chapter officers Google Group which has been modified slightly for posting here: Dear US Chapters, The fund committee […]


Oct 21

**************** Here’s a link to a 1.5 minute NHK news story (video) about the JETAA International Conference just held in Tokyo.  The story also references the approximately $500,000 raised for earthquake relief by JET Alumni Association chapters around the world. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20111021/t10013420671000.html   The video includes a brief interview with Akita JET Paul Yoo, founder of […]


Oct 20

**************** Below is the official press release (in English and Japanese) announcing the recipients for JETAA USA Earthquake Relief Fund to the media in Japan. FYI, a lot of hard work has gone into this process, using our JET contacts, bilingual and bi-cultural abilities to identify appropriate and worthy uses for the approximately $75,000 raised […]


Oct 11

Via Pacific Northwest JETAA: On Friday August 26, we had the great honor of giving a presentation about the Pacific Northwest JET Alumni Association at the Hyogo Seminar, which was hosted by Hyogo Prefecture (coordinated by theHyogo Business and Cultural Center) and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). The Governor of Hyogo […]


Aug 9

JETwit needs your help identifying any earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster relief projects or efforts that have been started, organized, managed or otherwise undertaken by JETs or JET alumni. What else is missing from this list? View Japan Relief Efforts in a larger map View Japan Relief Efforts in a larger map The ones we’re aware of to […]


Jul 5

******************** Just saw this MSNBC video and article by NBC News correspondent Ian Williams that mentions JET and volunteerAKITA founder Paul Yoo as well as several other volunteers who seem to be JETs along with the good work being done by All Hands Volunteers.  The article was posted to the Pacific Northwest JETAA Facebook group […]


May 18

Volunteer: JETwit seeks help tracking JET disaster relief efforts

I know there a slew of JETs and alums involved in a variety of volunteer efforts in Japan right now.  And I don’t have time to capture and post on JETwit about it. For example: A JET named Paul Yoo in Akita helped organize something called The Fruit Tree Project to bring fresh fruit to […]


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