Place to Grow is a 100% volunteer-led nonprofit that strives to connect and inspire a rising generation of leaders in disaster-stricken Tohoku communities.
“We believe People Inspire People, and while you cannot empower another human, you can inspire them to choose self empowerment.”
– Angela Marie Ortiz, NGO Founder
Founded in 2011 in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear disasters, Place To Grow has developed from a first responders emergency aid organization, to providing long term community support.
Inclusion In Support
Shared experiences bring people together, “ working together for a common goal connects individuals and fosters community beyond the small problems of everyday life.
People Inspire People
Peer To Peer role models inspire us to pursue a life of self development and empowerment. Role models inspire us to choose hobbies, academic pursuits, travel experiences, career paths and more.
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
Fitness is a basic foundation for a healthy life, we believe children who learn the simple fundamentals of fitness will become more confident and empowered adults.
Place To Grow programs create life-changing opportunities for children – fostering communication and confidence through fitness & language exchange.
Place To Grow Volunteers visit small communities in Miyagi prefecture on a monthly basis, to hold workshops and community planning events with local families; children and the city leaders.
The annual Santa Soul Train project spans 3 days in December and brings together the wider community – fostering solidarity, community spirit, and connections. 1500 children in Tohoku and Tokyo are currently part of this pen-pal style project.
The leadership Team of Place To Grow consists of three work streams:
Volunteers join according to personal interests and skills. Self development courses from public speaking, networking to NGO management are held throughout the year.
Kai Goldstein – Program Manager
Alexandra Fisker Van Venn – Marketing
Go Yabuno – Marketing
Claire Kim – Programs
Naomi Ledell – Marketing
Miray Waki – Administration
Ryusuke Suehiro – Administration
Hi! 😀 My name is Dominique and I work with the PTG Marketing and social media team. I'm originially from the Washington D.C. area but currently live in Tokyo. I was introduced to PTG by a former member and was so impressed by the volunteers and the "Develop Yourself to Inspire Others" workshop that I decided to join!
Hi, my name is Anicia from Switzerland. I found out about PTG after a Spartan race where I participated with Angela and Kevin. It makes me happy to support PTG and the kids through sports workshops and language exchange.
Takahara Building 4A, 1-6-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001
22 Tomarihama, Utatsu, Minamisanriku-cho, Motoyoshi-gun, Miyagi, 988-0444