Project GEMBA

A Peacemaking Project by Kia Y.

What is the injustice we are solving?

The word “gemba” is a Japanese term that means “the real place.” Many businesses, use the term to refer to a “go and see,” which involves going to the actual location of a problem in order to solve it. Project GEMBA, or "Global Exposure for Minorities in Business Advancement," will apply this same concept to the development of students from underserved areas. The project will involve organizing an individual global internship for at least one high school junior next Fall. I will partner with a small business overseas to develop a unique, valuable internship program that teaches the student how to work on a global team. I will also network with/pitch this project to other small businesses in the area overseas to obtain low rates on lodging, meals, etc. for the student. My goal is to work with an inner-city school in New Orleans to develop and launch the first edition of the program. The scholarship for an individual internship will include travel and accommodations for 1-2 selected students for an entire summer. My vision for this project is that it will enable tremendous growth, and lead the student participants into their senior year of high school better prepared to succeed. I also believe completing this program will help make the students more marketable when applying to top colleges, where diversity is lacking.


Adrian B. Peace First Staff
5 April 2018 14:18

Hi Kia,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible for the Accelerator by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for some of our larger opportunities, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can help in any way!


Adrian B. Peace First Staff
29 March 2018 20:18

Hi Kia,

Just checking in about your project and the next steps. I wanted to make sure you are aware of the upcoming Mini-Grant Deadline - there is still time to remain eligible to attend a Peace First Challenge Accelerator if you complete your Compassionate Insight, Project Plan, and Mini-Grant application by March 31st.

We're excited about your work, and would love to be able to support it with a mini-grant of up to $250.

These tools can help you craft your insight, plan, and budget for your mini-grant:

Through your dashboard you can submit your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let me know how I can help!


Fish S. Peace First Staff
31 December 2017 21:30

Hi Kia! This is a really awesome project -- and really unique, too. I agree -- international travel and internships can be really powerful learning experiences that many young people don't have access to. And providing access to a truly transformative experience for one young person can often be much more powerful than doing something simple for many!

Sounds like you've done a lot of thinking about how this will intersect with different injustices, too.

Sounds like you have a pretty clear idea of what you want to do -- what are your next steps for this spring? (Would it make sense to try and do a pilot in the US this summer before the international experience next fall?) And how can we help?