Living Dreams is a non-profit organization, founded on September 11, 2001 by Patrick Newell (also co-founder of Tokyo International School in Tokyo, Japan).
Our organization exists to support children living in children’s homes in the Tokyo area—and eventually throughout Japan—on their path towards becoming responsible, confident and empowered young adults.By working closely with the children’s home staff, we develop a detailed needs assessment profile for each individual home. Deeper understanding of the homes helps our organization to foster appropriate and advantageous programs for these children. Centered along the “LAST” principle (Learning, Arts, Sports, and Technology), long-term and regularly occurring programs are developed under each category to help improve a child’s overall motivation and confidence. Ultimately, each program and opportunity crafted for a home must match their needs and schedule, while also working to “enrich, encourage, and empower.”
For more information about our organization’s objectives and existing programs, please review our Annual Report and feel free to contact:
Patrick NewellVision Navigator, Global Educator, TEDster
Patrick Newell combines the true spirit of mentoring with keen entrepreneurial instincts. Case in point: In 1997, he created a school from scratch—Tokyo International School—that now educates nearly 400 students from 45 countries. Patrick travels the world picking up insights on collaborative models for education that integrate technology, design, accreditation and brain-based learning, imparting what he has discovered to others as he goes.He is currently filming a documentary called 21:21 that focuses on the need to shift learning into a 21st-century mode. He has also established Living Dreams, a nonprofit organization that enables companies to achieve their CSR goals by helping orphans at children’s homes in Japan realize their dreams. Along with Todd Porter, Patrick is one of TEDxTokyo’s primary organizers.