Tiyi Ayeva, [our first participant from France!] now studying at the International School of Asia, Karuizawa in Japan, shares a rundown of all the things she did and learned at ESI this summer. Thanks for bringing all your insights and ideas, Tiyi, and good luck with your future social change projects!
What's your dream? Where does it take you? Read about Kazuya Aoshima's story and his dream for motivating young people across Japan.
I’m Kazuya Aoshima, currently studying undergraduate degree in English literature at Rikkyo University, Japan. I was a participant of ESI 2015 and was inspired to come back as a coordinator of ESI 2016 July. After returning to Japan last year, I joined VIA Next Innovators Tokyo (NIT) alumni group, and this now I’m the president of the group.
In the future, I hope to make spaces for young people, especially aged 15~18, to talk about their dreams and motivate each other. This vision was one of the things that motivated me to return to ESI. In the past, I always wondered why students can’t talk about themselves with confidence. One of the main reasons is that adults don’t try to make adequate spaces, which then often leads to the students’ loss of identity and motivation. Then I noticed that ESI is an ideal place for this because every participant from various countries is capable of speaking and sharing their own story, which led to interesting interactions and strong friendships. I wanted to feel the growth of participants and learn how to encourage them to proceed to their next step.
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