In its annual Warmth to Homeless drive, IAY donated beanies, sleeping bags, nail clippers, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other vital essentials to homeless people. Especially in the winter, homeless people suffer from cold and are often unable to find adequate shelter during the night. Through this drive, IAY aims to bring more comfort to the homeless in the Christmas and New Year's season. This year's incredible success was covered in an article by the San Jose Mercury News. This is the link to the article: http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/12/23/cupertino-nonprofit-helps-the-homeless/
In 1989, the prospect of freedom propelled protests and the eventual destruction of the Berlin Wall. The watershed event freed East Berliners from the oppressive rule of the USSR’s communist regime and began their future as part of a powerful democratic nation.
In 2016, history seems to be repeating itself. Similar to Germany in 1989, Korea is divided into two nations: the North and the South. The South is free and flourishing under democracy while the totalitarian North is home to famine, oppression and human rights violations. To make matters worse, North Koreans are unable find hope amidst oppression, because there is nothing pushing them to fight for their liberties. However, we can learn from history to change their outlook.
The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is collecting USB drives for its “Flash Drives for Freedom” initiative. Its goal is to disseminate USB drives with Western movies and information into North Korea to allow its people to see what freedom looks like, motivating them to fight for it at home. There will also be presentations on North Korean human rights by Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer of HRF, and Jieun Baek, a Harvard graduate and expert on using information to change North Korea. To sponsor HRF’s event, the International Association of Youth (IAY) will be holding a movie screening on North Korea.
Admission is free. All you have to do is bring empty USB flash drives and your willingness to learn about and act upon an issue that could end up changing history. Just as in East Berlin, a vision of liberty can help the North Koreans escape tyranny. Please support our event, donate a USB drive and help write North Korea’s future.
- Alex Gladstein, HRF Chief Strategy Officer
- Jieun Baek, North Korea Specialist
North Korea Documentary
Flash Drives for Freedom
Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT) - Add to Calendar
Quinlan Community Center - 10185 N Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014
We are happy to be able to continue our Warmth to Homeless in 2013.
With the weather reaching the low 30's, many of the homeless people are suffering in the cold. There is insufficient shelters for them at night. We endeavor to provide help by distributing sleeping bags each winter. Please join us by donating sleeping bags or money!
On September 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm, the International Association of Youth (IAY) made a $2,000 donation to the Ravenswood School Foundation in East Palo Alto.
The $2,000 donation will buy two sets of the electronic equipment for Los Robles School, in the Ravenswood School District.
According to Renu Nanda, the Ravenswood School Foundation Executive Director, the schools are in greater need of electronics to modernize the classrooms.
The IAY holds a benefit concert to provide school supplies to Ravenswood School in East Palo Alto. Please come and support us!
Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 6PM
Santa Clara Convention Center