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Silicon Valley Programs Gearing up for 2016 Programs!

As 2015 winds down, the SVP team is gearing up for an exciting and busy 2016! Kazutoh and Ellison recently returned from Asia promoting our spring programs and Christy is currently in Asia exploring sites to run a leadership/social innovation-focused program starting next year. We will kick off 2016 with a pilot program in January with 10 Japanese high school students visiting the bay area to learn about community engagement through project-based learning.

During the months of February and March, we will lead a total of 5 programs including our brand new Culture and Medical Exploration (CME) program designed for first and second medical students from Japan. Please see the video clips to learn about our programs and contact Kazutoh ( if you are interested in coming to visit any of them.
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VIA Returns to Japan

As shared earlier as part of the VIA2020 vision, we plan to have a few AP fellow positions where there will be more collaboration with the Silicon Valley Programs to strengthen our ecosystem. One of the posts will be in Japan with the International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK). The school was founded by their very inspirational leader, Lin Kobayashi and integrates design-thinking and leadership training which is very much in line with what VIA offers through our programs. On his recent trip to Japan, Kazutoh met with ISAK staff to work out the details of the fellowship to start in the summer of 2016 and they are also very excited how the fellowship can serve to bring more resources and opportunities for their students. See the video clip to learn more about ISAK.

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Today was a good day, an essay by Lamin Oo

Lamin Oo is a graduate of the Pre-Collegiate Program in Yangon, one of VIA's first partners in Myanmar. He's a graduate of Gettysburg College in the U.S. and was mentioned by President Obama in a speech last year. In this video he reflects on the recent election in Myanmar.

Indonesia Partner Featured in the Associated Press

Dr. Leslie Dwyer was featured recently featured for her testimony at a tribunal in the Netherlands to publicize the 50th anniversary of mass killings in Indonesia.

One of the first witnesses to testify, academic Leslie Dwyer who has conducted research on the Indonesian island of Bali, said that 80,000-120,000 people were killed there between late 1965 and March 1966 and that the killings only started when government special forces arrived and began organizing local police and militias.

Dwyer said that in some cases only the most tenuous links to the Communists was enough to cost a person his or her life, including having sung or danced at an Indonesian Communist Party event.

Read the full article here.

Leslie has been a VIA partner since 2012 when we started managing Haverford's summer internship program. Since 2013, VIA has worked with her to run programs for George Mason graduate students and on the American Youth Leadership Program for high school students.
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From the Blog: Myanmar Partners in the News

Several of our Myanmar partners have been featured in international publications over the last few months. Check out a recent blog post that links to some of articles that details efforts to advance development in education, health, and community development.

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