The Introduction of YES:
YES is a NPO from civil society in Taiwan. Its aim is to promote e-services reducing international digital divide as well as cross-border interaction between youth through the development of digital opportunities, digital collections sharing and digital learning.
(YES is established on January 27th 2007.)
The Purpose of YES:
The purpose of YES is to integrate social resources for the provision of information technology services, to encourage young people to take practical action and cooperate pushing ahead with youth participation in public and international exchanges.
The Spirit of YES:
YES provides auxiliary digital services and cooperates with local organizations in order to develop global civil action.
The missions of YES:
1. Promoting volunteer services and Service Learning based on information technology for the purpose of cultivating civil literacy of youth.
2. Encouraging the young to participate in international affairs and broadening their horizons by information technology.
3. Holding activities of information exchanges and seeking strategic alliance between NPOs.
4. Promoting youth participation in public, talents training and academic research on digital information.
5. Conducting other activities related to the purposes of YES.
Members of YES:
Our members are from Taiwan, Thailand and Myanmar including young students, imaging workers, social workers, professors and doctors providing their expertise in IT.
In 2008 YES was awarded National Youth Public Participation Award under the category of Volunteer Service Group for its project, “Assisting the border of Thai-Burma in reducing the digital divide,” by National Youth Commission.
Projects of helping to reduce digital illiteracy at the border of Thailand and Burma.
Cooperate with Taipei Overseas Peace Service (TOPS) and Tak Border Child Assistance Foundation (TBCAF) to hold rudimentary e-camps at Mae Plu and Huey Nam Kun Schools in remote village of north-west in Thailand.
Help Mae Tao Clinic build Digital Opportunity Center and role as digital logistics to provide staff at Mae Tao Clinic and local youths with the environment of information learning.
From June 2006 to September 2006
In 2006 hold selection and interviews to recruit overseas IT volunteers as well as the workshop of IT volunteers training programs. It totally sent 12 persons to remote village school and migrant schools to hold rudimentary e-camps. Hold training programs in information education for Mae Tao Clinic and local NGOs.
From June 2007 to October 2007
In 2007 hold selection and interviews to recruit overseas IT volunteers as well as the workshop of IT volunteers training programs. It totally sent 8 persons to Mae Tao Clinic, and local NGOs to conduct training programs in information education and computer teachers training at Burmese migrant schools.
1. Photo Exhibition - The Suspended Border of Mae Sot
From May 2007 to June 2007
Hold photo exhibition at Taiwan International Visual Arts Center. Through documentary photography exhibition and youth forum, making Taiwanese people get to know stateless refugees and minorities at the border. By understanding every life and respecting human rights, the exhibition makes Taiwanese people understand more about the issue of international refugees.（Website: http://border.yestaiwan.org）
2. Film Festival of Digital Services – Continuation of Hope & Pay It Forward
Hosted by YES and department of Information Management (IM) of Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU) and Held at Red Play House in Taipei. The film is to show the production of digital services teams at IM of CYCU over the years. It invited young volunteers, cooperation units and people receiving services from IM to watch the documentary.
3. A Documentary Film of Traditional Arts - Bamboo & Metaphysics
From Nov 2007 to December 2007
Through the documentary, it shows the manual spirit of harmony between men and the nature of bamboo farmers and masters in bamboo arts. It also tells the transition of technology in bamboo industry in the future. It records the image of skilled works without an inheritor by digital collections.
Projects of Chinese teaching and teacher training programs in Thailand.
Cooperate with Quan-te Charity Organization in Mae Sot sending young volunteers majoring in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL) to Zhi-min School for needs accessing and to hold short-term Chinese learning camps.
From July 2007 to September 2007
YES sent young volunteers with TCSL background to Zhi-min School in Mae Sot, north-west of Thailand, Guang-fu High School in Ching Rai, north-east of Thailand and Shu-quiang Schools in Songkla, south of Thailand. These young volunteers use their professional abilities holding Chinese learning camps and teacher training programs with multimedia.