Future Dream Achievement [.] is a Tokyo based NPO providing employment opportunities and support to broad range of social groups that often find themselves excluded from the general workforce. These groups include people with disabilities, socially withdrawn people, people without employment education or training, homeless people, people suffering from mental illnesses such as depression, senior unemployed people and people stuck in irregular and unstable part-time employment. Our aim is to create employment opportunities in supportive and creative work environments.
Overview and Goals
In Japan, there are around 7.4 million people with disabilities. Of these, only around 6%, or about 500,000, are in employment. 10 million people are unable to escape from non-regular, part-time or short-term contract work to permanent full-time employment, representing a significant population of working poor. A further 1 million people are socially-withdrawn and 800,000 are classified as NEETs (having No Education, Employment or Training). If you add the figures to the growing population of homeless people, the number of senior unemployed workers and people who are unable to work regularly because they are primary caregivers and the result is a huge and complex social problem of exclusion, vulnerability, unfairness and burden. These groups are often marginalized by society and excluded from stable work opportunities. They also outside the increasingly strained employment insurance, health insurance and pension systems which would, in turn, benefit from the increased employment and contributions from these groups.
Future Dream Achievement is an NPO established to provide a work environment for socially vulnerable and excluded groups, such as those mentioned above, and for the betterment of Japanese society as a whole. To accomplish this, we have set a number of key initial goals for our first year in operation:
(1) To provide IT training to 500 people who are unable
to escape from non-regular employment or lack experience in a business
(2) To assist 20 people in returning to work following extended leave due to mental or physical illness.
(3) To offer opportunities to 10 people over 60 years of
age with business experience to help train and mentor younger business people.
(4) To improve the work environment for women by promoting institutionalized maternity leave and parental leave, and to offer support for people returning to work from maternity leave.
(5) To promote the employment for disabled people, by creating a supportive and barrier-free work environment .
(6) To establish a special subsidiary to employ 23 people with severe disabilities