10 Fun Ways to Raise Funds

By Teresa Rischl

As you may know, about 120 participants are preparing for CARP’s Intercultural Exchange Trip to Japan and Korea from June 19 to July 4 (coming up soon). These students are preparing for an incredible, global experience and one of the ways they are preparing is through fundraising.

Fundraising is a great opportunity to work towards your goal and feel ownership over your trip. We offer 10 creative ways to fundraise and support this trip, whether you are a student, parent, or working professional. Join us!

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  1. Start a Crowdfunding Campaign

You may have seen some of your friends who started campaigns on GoFundMe or YouCaring or a similar site. Crowdfunding focuses on helping you reach out on your social media platforms and share with your connections and networks. When many people give a little, it makes it a lot easier to reach your goal. Some campaigns focus on supporting the overall trip for all participants (see Takayo’s GoFundMe) while others focus on supporting one participant’s personal expenses (see Gareth’s GoFundMe).

  1. Host an online peer-to-peer page with CARP HQ

If you are a bit intimidated about starting a crowdfunding campaign and don’t know how to start, work with us at CARP Headquarters! Our Network For Good software allows us to create multiple campaigns that are easy to use and helps you track your progress. You don’t have to worry about the details – just make a goal and share with friends! If interested, contact Teresa Rischl at teresa@carplife.org

  1. Host a Bake Sale

Everyone loves sweet snacks (even if we resist them for the sake of dieting). Here’s a great way to meet people, share about your cause, and taste some yummy treats! It’s even better when you can work with some friends or a team to bake cookies, cupcakes, brownies, etc. and ask for permission to set up a table at your local church, school, or work. This is an easy way to get started.

  1. Ask friends and family to support YOUR experience

Here’s the secret to fundraising: People give to people. While we all want to support different causes, we all want to feel connected to something, too. Keep it simple and talk to those closest to you – share with them what you’re doing, why it matters to you, what difference it will make (keep it personal), and voila! When loved ones see the passion and enthusiasm you have for this trip, they will trust and support you. Now get out there, share, and ask! Most people will give just because you asked!

  1. Sell stuff

You know all those clothes, games, and things just collecting dust in your home? As they say, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Host a yard sale to raise some funds and even let people know that the proceeds will go towards your intercultural trip (you may get a few extra donations!). You can even pool together with other friends or neighbors and ask if they have something they could contribute. Selling things online also works.

  1. Host a dinner party

Have you ever noticed how people are much happier after eating a delicious, home-cooked meal? Let people know you’d like to host a dinner party to support your trip and use it as a chance to share why it’s important to you. A special bonus tip is to schedule another dinner party after you return from your trip to share with them your experience and show pictures.

  1. Pick up an odd job

Summer break is a great time to pick up odd jobs like babysitting, mowing lawns, cleaning homes, and more. Ask around to see how you can help others in support of your fundraiser.

  1. Commission your art

Are you creative? Put it to good use by asking people to buy your artwork – it can be drawings, paintings, woodwork, jewelry, etc. Get creative and remember to share with people why you raising funds (it gives them incentive to spend just a little bit more on something, knowing it’s going to a good cause).

  1. Host a car wash

Gather some friends and partner with a local gas station. This is a great opportunity to get some sun, share with people in the community, and have some soapy fun!

  1. Make it themed

So you are going on an Intercultural Exchange Trip this summer – awesome! Share the culture with others so they can appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of other cultures, too. Sell Japanese or Korean-related items like origami, calligraphy, etc. This can be a great way to engage Japanese and Korean members of your community and share the best of their culture.

The bottom line – fundraising can be really FUN (it’s even in the name FUNdraising). It’s a great way to prepare for your trip and really invest into the experience. Remember, the most important thing in fundraising is to make the ask. Invite people to be part of the experience and even better, follow-up with them afterwards so they know how their donations impacted you.

Good luck!

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An Interview with Naokimi Ushiroda

Naokimi Ushiroda, the previous National CARP President, shares his experience in attending the Intercultural Exchange Trip last year. Naokimi now works as the Director of Youth and Students with the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification USA. 

How was your experience last year?

The thing that stood out to me the most was being able to visit Waseda University, where CARP’s founder, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, our True Father, spent his college years. To be able to stand on the same steps where he stood was surreal and neat. I remember that being really significant.

Also, another really significant experience was having the students of Korea, Japan, and the US come together. After spending two days together doing different activities, we had an Acknowledgement Ceremony where students of each country shared what they appreciate about the culture and strengths of the other two countries.

That was really meaningful to witness. Those that were acknowledged felt so happy to be recognized for what they contribute.

Then, the three CARP Presidents of these key nations (Korea, Japan, and the US) were able to spend time together. It is a significant opportunity when these providential nations are able to come together.

There’s one photo of us shaking hands – that’s providential. To me, it means the key nations are working together, bringing our unique strengths.

Historically, it hasn’t been so easy. Part of that is the distance, but we are also so different culturally. So, for us to even symbolically shake hands, I was grateful for this opportunity for students of these nations to network together.

Assuming that these students in CARP will be future leaders in key areas and organizations, the friendships, relationships, and experiences they will have here as students will have a significant impact on their ability to lead in the future. That’s the most significant outcome of these trips. It’s really staying true to the vision of raising global citizens.

What are a few words to describe this trip?

There’s nothing better to expand one’s mind than to travel the world.

Any encouragements to those going this year?

The first thought that comes to mind – stay curious and you’ll learn a lot. Also, have fun! And, invest while you’re there so you create memorable friendships.

This trip is a great opportunity to do all those things.

From June 19 to July 4 this summer, over 120 students from across the US will participate in this second annual international exchange trip. Please consider giving what you can to help these students with travelling fees and other expenses. 

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Culture Wars 02: The Webinar Pilot

Contributed by David YoungCARP is having another one of these pilot seminars this weekend for Generation Peace Academy (GPA) and several more throughout the country to continue to grow the program based on student and young adult feedback especially.

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Last month, CARP hosted its third “Culture Wars” pilot seminar with the slogan, “Standing for a Principled Culture.” This pilot was the first to be done online in a webinar format with over 60 people joining from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and other parts of the country via internet. The group was made up of current college students, young professionals, CARP staff, and expert presenters all attending this special one-day webinar.

The intention of the webinar was for participants to be clear about the origins and intention of contemporary culture while understanding the need for a principled, “headwing” culture. In addition, the webinar worked with participants as a focus group to receive feedback on how to develop a launch program this August.

CARP Las Vegas joined in on the webinar.

So, what are the culture wars?

Some participants expressed that the topic was intriguing and interesting and something they wanted to learn about, having never heard of such a term or seminar focus before. “A Prelude to the Culture Wars” discusses more about the essence of the culture wars.

The seminar included four 40-minute presentations, each followed by 20 minutes of discussion and ending with a Q&A session around the content of the presentations. The presenters were Dr. David Burgess, Mrs. Cheryl Wetzstein, Dr. Robert Beebe, and Tasnah Moyer.

The Importance of Having a Worldview

The program started off with a presentation from Tasnah Moyer and Miyoung Eaton on the importance of having a worldview. This allowed participants to consider the perspectives they may have on education, politics, sexuality and how they are when it comes to standing for their values on campus. This guided participants to prepare to receive the content from the next three presentations.

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History & Thought Trends

Dr. David Burgess gave the second presentation on “History & Thought Trends”. An introductory session on thought trends, or the history of philosophy, allowed the participants to start off the seminar with an overview of how ideas have been shaped and adopted throughout the past 400 years especially.

These thought trends played a big part in cultivating the cultural divide in our society today. This allowed participants to understand that contemporary culture and thought trends were developed long before today.

“I like the timeline visual of the last 400 years of history on the shaping of the culture and why and how it was organized. It gave me a better understanding of history from a providential view. And it gave me more motivation to learn about it. “ – Participant

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Sexuality & Media

Cheryl Weinstein spoke about sexuality, media, and went into more depth about worldview.  

Navigating these topics can be daunting yet this session allowed the participants to delve into the current state of the media and sexuality and the historical background behind these issues.

By the end of the session, participants were able to identify some issues as well as some opportunities in dealing with the media on a personal level and on an industry level.

I really got a deeper understanding of worldview, postmodernism, and the role of media. It changed my view of different things.” – Participant

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The session also focused on the sexual revolution and its effect on society while making a case for marriage at a time of high divorce rates, an increase in cohabitation, and an increase of one-parent households.

In discussion, the participants explored the intended and unintended consequences of the sexual revolution as well as how this has played out in their own lives with a rampant hook-up culture.

Education & the Culture

On this foundation,  Dr. Robert Beebe led a session on the deterioration of civic and moral education in schools today which have contributed to family breakdown and a deteriorating society.

One participant shared how the session shed light on his own experience on campus:

“It let me understand this is an example of being in postmodern society. I really got a better understanding of education and how to be aware of the current problems in education.”  – Participant

The case was presented for a balanced two-dimensional education including career education and character education where schools need to prioritize civic and moral education in order to raise up responsible, well-adjusted, and active members of society.

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Concluding Remarks

The webinar concluded with a message from the CARP co-founder, Mrs. Moon, and implored students to take ownership of their culture and to become leaders in creating the future.

Participants were left motivated by the end of the presentation.

“I got to know that True Mother has hope in us and that really motivates me to do everything I can to help out True Mother.” -Participant

What the Participants Have to Say

“I am grateful for all the presenters that presented today. I learned a lot and I want to apply it in my life and question more to search for answers so that I can be more confident and have conviction. It gave me an idea of where to start.”

“I think it’s great that this is happening. I wish it would have existed when I was a student. It would have made my experience with CARP on campus so much more relevant and empowering and tied directly into a lot of what I was studying or experiencing in my classrooms. I hope it continues.”

“I like doing the discussions and getting other people’s perspectives. Typically, I wouldn’t talk to others about these topics so it’s nice to do it here.”

“I could see CARP is really a unique place where our second generation could meet with first generation members, and we should appreciate and promote deeper exchange for unity of opinion with respect for one another to understand the culture war.”

 CARP Los Angeles joined in on the webinar.

Through these seminars, CARP is offering students access to the missing perspectives often shunned on college campuses and opening a dialogue around culture trends. It strives to make a stand for a principled worldview and at the very least a safe space for students to express their viewpoints and ideas.

As a pilot seminar, the focus of this event was to garner interest in the culture wars and what this means to us as individuals and as members of society and to receive feedback on what college students want and need from a seminar like this.

CARP is having another one of these pilot seminars this weekend for graduates of the Generation Peace Academy (GPA) and several more throughout the country to continue to grow the program based on student and young adult feedback especially.

If you’re interested in hosting a Culture Wars seminar in your area, contact david@carplife.org

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Finding Strength Through CARP

We present an alumnus and woman warrior, Malinda Vogel, on today’s Throwback Thursday ‘Meet the Alumni’ series.

10942430_10203710179531888_8730076230652638695_n“I was assigned to CARP by True Father, or Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, when he visited Oakland, California in the spring of 1979. I have heard that he would say that the spring is a good time to change your mission and it was a big change. The Oakland church was large, crowded, and nourishing. It was like a big family with huge turnouts for weekend workshops and lots of love-bombing, hugs, good food and counseling.

CARP was very different then. I was assigned to a small center in LA in a ranch style house. We went to the campus each day and set up a table and had discussions with anyone who came by. I was young, shy, soft-spoken, and found it hard to express my beliefs. Boy, did that change.

I worked with my first Japanese brother and sister and was schooled on how to respond when spoken to, was taught by trial and error on how to talk with Christian students, with leftist students, with agnostics, with Muslim students.

I went to smaller workshops and heard the Divine Principle and was taught different ways to express my opinions, to stand up for myself, to be myself. The workshops weren’t nearly as big as Oakland’s two-day workshops, but were still very exciting and interesting.

During my time in CARP, I was able to work at different California campuses – CAL Northridge, Berkeley, San Diego. It was the same situation with a book table, sometimes a white board for giving a lecture, but different students dropping by. I was able to take classes, ask questions, make friends out of enemies. I had the chance to work with Tiger Park, Hyo Jin Nim, and Dr. Seuk.

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Protesting On Campuses

I was at a book table and the same young man came by each day to give me a hard time. I just listened and would get a word or two in before he got impatient and left. Eventually he ran out of steam and vitriol and would listen to me more.

We became friends.

About that time, El Salvador became a huge issue and we were staging a counterprotest to Communism and the Sandinistas. We got there early, front and center. Just as things started heating up we jumped up, unfurled our sign to a sudden hush and then a large outcry! We were surrounded by livid protesters with no way out.

My friend (who used to give me a hard time) suddenly recognized me.

Malinda, what are you doing here? He rightly asked. I could only smile sheepishly. He and some of his friends linked arms and kept us from bodily harm until the park police came and escorted us out of the fray.

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Rock of Tears, S. Korea CARP delegation to World CARP, Nov. 1984

I also remember doing a protest at UC Berkeley with Janne Sawada’s parents, the Reids, who had come all the way from New Zealand to visit. They insisted on standing arm and arm with us on the steps and getting spat on right alongside us. I got my first death threat there, but the fierce love and solidarity from her parents carried me through.

How precious to be understood and supported in the midst of a protest like that.

Moving Through Stages in CARP

I was able to move from membership to assistant leader or mother figure as they were called at that time. Christine Froehlich, Janne Sawada, Jacinta Krefft, Carole Durnan Silva, Pat Detlefson were and still are my mother figures, sisters, mentors and friends. 

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In 1982, I was able to be blessed to my recently ascended husband, Steven Vogel, and then joined him in New York to start our family. We have been blessed with a son, Nicholas, who is my company, support and source of pride.

Nicholas was born while I was an IW, or counselor for CARP MFT, and then editor for the World Student Times, and then Frontline, CARP’s magazine at the time. This was one of my favorite missions. I learned editing, graphic arts, layout and loved it.

We lived in the New Yorker Hotel and I got to be part of the Headquarters staff working directly with Dr. Seuk. What a long way for a timid girl from Minnesota.

Just after Nicholas was born, the Russian Providence began. I was unable to travel there and participate, but when Steve moved us back to his hometown, Nicholas and I flew to San Francisco for a last hurrah – 40 days of witnessing with Russian students for me and 40 days in a CARP daycare for him.

We cried in our separate beds many nights, but found God in many ways during our 40 days. Nicholas began to walk and I began to find my strength separate from him and my husband.

After we moved to my husband’s hometown, I continued to stay in touch with my CARP sisters, friends, leaders and mentors. 

Unforgettable Lessons from CARP

Since moving to Louisville, I have found myself less nervous to stand up in front of groups of people. I led my son’s Sunday School class where I was the “fun” teacher because shouldn’t those students be allowed to speak up, too?

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For someone who would get panic attacks at being asked to stand up and speak to a room of people, I faced crowds of screaming students at different campuses, read Father’s words at several WFWP events in Kentucky, and even at a community meeting in Seoul, Korea.

I was also able to lead Head Start parent meetings and to teach in a Head Start classroom and take turns at giving Sunday Service. I was able to use my skills at work, in the community and in my own church.

My CARP training gave me the courage and patience to sit through my husband’s chemo, radiation, surgery and therapy drawing on years of faith, the love and example of our True Parents and an irresistible sense of duty. God, Steve and Nicholas needed me – weak or strong, ready or not, I was it.

My training in CARP has been an amazing way to find myself, to find my strength, to test my faith and my leadership skills, to overcome my fear of public speaking, to shore me up through my husband’s battle with cancer, ascension and this path of grief.  

What a blessing from our True Parents to find ourselves useful, growing in faith and strength, falling but getting up again and again. There is a dual benefit of self-growth and that of helping the world at large. I thank God and True Parents and all of you for continuing the tradition, mission and community of CARP.”

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A Supporter’s Perspective on Endorsing CARP

We asked one of CARP’s most enthusiastic fans why he believes in CARP activities.

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CARP is a student organization dedicated to inspire and empower students to be global citizens by engaging them in the study and application of Unification Principles. Through hosting annual impact programs such as Momentum, assisting local chapters with their needs, and hosting opportunities like the International Exchange Trip to Japan and Korea, CARP is about building authentic relationships with a community that will support your personal growth. 

A Blast to the Past

When I think back to CARP in the old days, its reputation was widely known even in the early days of anti-communism work in Japan and Europe. The exploits of “Tiger” Park as an early CARP leader were also widely known.

I didn’t have much involvement in CARP until 1991 except for being a Mobile Fundraising Team (MFT) captain for many CARP members from time to time throughout the ’70s.

In 1991, I had the great fortune to participate in a CARP-run program in the former Soviet Union called the International Leadership Seminars or ILS.

From that experience I gained great respect for CARP –  the leadership and its members.  Dr. Seuk, the President of CARP at the time, was the first Korean leader I had the opportunity to work directly with and I was very inspired by his methods. He was strict but loving, very sacrificial, and highly regarded by his staff.

He inspired great loyalty in his staff and in turn he trusted them with great responsibility, just as he had been given a great responsibility from True Father to lead the entire effort in the Soviet Union, including the ILS program.            

I’m sure he was under great pressure but he “led by love.”  He gave a lot of freedom to the American leadership to create the actual programs and strategies that were used with great success in that time.

CARP Activities Now

Today, CARP is creating programs and activities that will inspire students on campuses to reach their potential.

In following CARP’s news and social media posts today, it looks like the new leadership and an invigorated vision of what is possible has maintained an emphasis on “campus culture” and developing practical skills for “life education” which includes the study of Divine Principle. I believe the time for “the [principled] education” has come.

My hope for CARP is that the organization can develop a community of spiritually alive and relevant campus leaders who more and more become advocates and moral leaders to drive issues and solutions for today’s needs. The Divine Principle is a powerful teaching that can and does address every aspect of life and is much more than a “religious teaching” but is actually more like a “manual for life” and purpose.

I try to support CARP by paying attention to their communications on social media and the CARP website. Through my commentary and engagement, I hope to encourage CARP to continue to grow and thrive. 

Choosing to Support CARP

I support CARP because I see it as a necessary and valuable organization that has been infused with new hope and vision to embrace the diverse populations of our college campuses across the country. It is tragic the type of environment that now exists on college campuses and the kind of sexual politics that is being played there.

There are significant numbers of students who, given a natural and sincere approach, would be extremely receptive to CARP’s education and a spiritual community provided by our CARP chapters. 

Young people are, more than ever, looking for options in building meaningful relationships and finding solutions for much of the “confusion” that prevails in academia today.  CARP has an important role in being one of those options.

I would encourage others to join me in supporting this student-led organization. CARP has a history of being “campus warriors,” taking on a variety of “issues of the day” in its founding era and beyond. It’s important to encourage our young people with that “warrior heart” to continue the fight with relevance to today’s concerns and utilizing all the technological developments available.  

I believe they can make a significant impact!

Share below in the comments why you support CARP!

You can also ‘Support CARP’ by donating – your donations make our work possible (plus they’re tax-exempt!). donate

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An Interview with Yasu Ozawa

Here’s an interview with a returning participant of the International Exchange Trip to Japan and Korea.

1.Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you are currently doing, including your involvement with CARP or youth activities.

I am a second generation Unificationist from Nutley, NJ. I attend the Clifton Family Church and am the youth pastor there. I am also a full-time student at Rutgers State University in Newark, NJ, and I am studying accounting.

At Rutgers, we don’t have CARP chapter but right across the street is NJIT (another university) and they have a CARP chapter. Every Monday, I go over to the NJIT campus and help out with the witnessing activity CARP NJIT does. Unfortunately due to my schedule, I cannot attend the CARP meetings, but I try my best to attend the bigger events they host.

2. What inspired you to join last year’s trip?

What inspired me to go last year was just the fact that I would be able to go to Japan. When I got there I took time to figure out my intention and goal in joining this trip.

3. What were 3 highlights of your trip to Japan last year?

Getting the opportunity to travel to Japan (after 14 years since my last visit), meeting new people across the nation who are also involved with CARP and making friends, and meeting with Japanese and Korean CARP members and listening to their stories.

4. Were you able to implement or apply some of the things that you learned either in your personal life or as part of your CARP chapter’s strategy?

Just like the Japanese CARP students, I also started to witness to students.

5. Did you learn something new/ gain a new perspective after the trip?

I learned how dedicated the Japanese and Korean CARP members are towards True Parents. It’s something that left me thinking how I can improve my own relationship with God and True Parents.

6. Why did you decide  to go again this year?

Since I’ve become more active with CARP this year, I want to learn more on what other CARP chapters in the US, Japan, and Korea are doing to reach out to many people.  I would like to bring some ideas back to NJ and see if we can implement some effective strategies.

7. What are you most looking forward to on this year’s trip?

I’m especially looking forward to meeting more people from all over the place and spending time with them and I’m just as excited to go back to these countries.

8. Would you recommend this trip to your friends? If yes, why?

Yes. If you are a current CARP member, I think this trip can ignite a fire in every person’s spirit of wanting to do more for the club and make it bigger and better. If you aren’t a CARP member, it’s a great way to gain insight on what CARP is all about and see how CARP can change people’s lives. Either way you get to travel overseas with a lot of amazing people!

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Nina Talks International Travel

Here’s an interview with CARP’s International Liaison, Nina Urbonya, on her college experience, international travel, and what it means to be a global citizen.

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Tell us more about your college experience.

College was daunting especially in the beginning where many times, I found myself being the only foreign face in a classroom full of Korean students. It challenged me to see myself in a new way and to open up to a new culture and way of living. I had thought that Korean students were only interested in academics and that they were almost robotic in their studying but I discovered students with passions, dreams and a drive to use their talents to make their nation proud.

Throughout my time in college, I found that the conversations I had with my friends outside of the classroom were as insightful as those within the walls of the classroom. My three closest friends on campus were non-Unificationists and that allowed me the space to learn to articulate my beliefs and thoughts on various social aspects. They respectfully listened and I gladly listened to their thoughts. Our conversations would go on for hours, and we would sometimes agree and many times disagree on certain things, but because of the trust and respect, these conversations broadened our minds and allowed us to see from a different point of view. 

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What was your involvement with CARP before your current role and what was your experience?

My first two years of college, I stayed at a local CARP center where students from various colleges lived together. Being away from home in a foreign country, CARP helped me feel grounded and connected.

On campus, we met up once or twice a semester. The seniors or grad students would take us out to dinner and share many stories about what CARP was like in the past. 

During my college years, CARP Korea also hosted annual World CARP conventions and I would help emcee the events thanks to my knowledge of Korean, Japanese, and English. It was at one of those CARP conventions in 2013 that I first met Naokimi and Teresa from CARP America.

In 2015, I attended the Global Top Gun Workshop in Korea where I got to meet amazing people from all over the world. We made so many global connections through the workshop, it would have been a pity not to keep them going. That is why I was hired by CARP America to develop those relationships and keep the network growing.

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What do you do as International Liaison? Share with us some of your work and achievements since you started.

I connect CARP America to other CARP chapters around the world. With my knowledge of several languages, I am also able to facilitate communication between CARP leaders of various nations and help to organize and host international events/workshops such as the Global Top Gun Youth.

Since I started in 2015, I have connected with 86 countries around the world and have traveled to Europe and Asia to introduce and share our programs as well as understand how we can support each other in tangible ways.

I’ve also been able to support CARP Los Angeles on their annual Japan trip where we organize and host a CARP conference for students from America, Japan and Korea to share best practices and get to know each other better. It’s always very rewarding to see students gain new perspectives and understandings through these experiences and connections.

I also want people to know that they are not alone. So I try to connect communities and people as much as possible. Sometimes, starting out a CARP chapter alone might be daunting but there are other people out there who have gone through the same thing from whom we can learn. And most importantly, I want people to know that there are people all around the world who have the same vision and working towards the same goals. 

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What do you think it means to be a global citizen?

I think a global citizen is someone who has a big heart and mind, who can embrace the world. One who uses their talents to make a contribution to the world.

True Father said, “Think of the world as your stage in setting your goal.”

Start with your family, your school and your community but don’t stop there.

We’re lucky in America, we have the opportunity to meet many international friends without travelling very far. Get to know someone from another culture, cook them one of your favorite meals and invite them over or go out to their favorite ethnic restaurant. Experiences with people who grew up from a different background than us help us to see things in new ways. And it makes for very interesting conversations!

As a global citizen, we should be able to put our feet into the shoes of everyone around the world and try to feel and understand their perspectives.

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How many countries have you been to? What is your favorite thing about traveling to new places?

17 countries so far. One of my favorite things to do is exploring local places like the market and observing the different things being sold and the way of life of the people. It’s fascinating to me when I discover things that might seem very strange to us but is considered normal in those countries. It really helps to push me beyond my small thoughts.

I also like to explore and admire the various landscapes; landscape in Austria is so different from that of Indonesia. I love trying out fruits and local delicacies that I’ve never seen before!

I’ve been lucky to have local friends in most of the countries I’ve travelled to. They have been very patient with my curiosity and told me many stories upon request.

Traveling can also help you to feel grateful for what you have back home. I visited several places last year where I stayed at very humble homes. Some houses had only cold showers, no AC despite the sweltering heat, some rooms had cockroaches crawling up and down the walls and some places used no toilet paper. Living in America, it’s easy to take things for granted. These humbling experiences helped me to be more grateful. 

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What advice would you give to students thinking about studying or traveling abroad?

I would highly recommend doing a home-stay (preferably with a family you know or have some connection with) even if it’s just for a few days. It will help you to learn the cultures and manners of the country in a very natural way. The family can also let you know when you do something that may be seen negatively in that culture and save you from embarrassing yourself or worse, offending others. 

I’ve seen foreign students who come to Korea to study and only hang out with other foreign friends who speak English. They end up going home without really experiencing the culture or language! One way that I made some Korean friends in the beginning was by joining a table tennis club on campus. There is nothing better than sweating it out together and having fun to make new friends. So if you get the chance, join a club on campus.

If you’re going just to travel abroad, try to find out the stories behind certain landmarks or lifestyles, preferably from locals. They usually have many fun stories to share.

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An Interview with Sarah Takhar

Here’s an interview with a returning participant of the International Exchange Trip to Japan and Korea.

1.Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you are currently doing, including your involvement with CARP or youth activities.

I am a full time student at Pasadena City College studying Early Childhood Development to become an Elementary School Teacher. I work as a tutor part time at a middle school.

I am also a Board member for the PCC Chapter of CARP. My position on the board is one of the event coordinators. I help to create events for the members to learn and practice the seven principles. Every month as CARP we try to do one fundraising, social, and community service event. 

2. What were 3 highlights of your trip to Japan last year?

Learning about how CARP was started and its purpose was very impactful for me. It’s easy as a local chapter that just started off to think of CARP as what is being created in the community. I remember thinking that I and the other board members were creating CARP. When in reality CARP has existed and had a purpose for a lot longer than our local chapter. Learning the history helped me to see a bigger picture and connect PCC to that picture.

Being able to connect to CARP students from Japan, Korea, and even other parts of America was a really great experience. It showed me that even though we are all doing the same thing we have very unique ways of getting to our goal. Also that even though we are all different and far apart we are all trying to achieve the same thing and we’re all working together. I loved the brotherhood/sisterhood ceremony we did because it really made this point clear to me.

Lastly, being put into groups of Japanese, Korean, and American CARP students and going out to get to know each other was so much fun! We were in groups of about seven people and got to choose what activity we wanted to do all together and afterwards we stayed at a CARP house and had dinner. It was a great experience because we got to be in small groups and really grow closer. 

3. Did you learn something new/ gain a new perspective after the trip?

I gained a greater perspective on the importance of CARP. Before the trip I thought it was something to do because it was the thing that was being done. I did not really see the significance or value of it. Through this trip I saw how valuable CARP is for myself and my community. This is the place that I can learn about and practice living in God’s family. CARP teaches me how to be a better person and how to care for others. I also saw how valuable it is to give God’s word to people who have never heard it, how it can make such a big improvement to someone’s life and turn it around. 

4. Were you able to implement or apply some of the things that you learned either in your personal life or as part of your CARP chapter’s strategy?

I was able to apply my new perspective into what I do in my local CARP Chapter. Now when we plan events or meetings or strategy, I don’t think of just PCC CARP. I try to think about Japan, about Korea, and how what we do here connects to them – how we can work with them, too. 

5. Why did you decide  to go again this year?

Last year I went because I was invited and CARP LA was planning it. I was able to gain a lot still, but not make really good use of my trip there. This time I want to go to really learn about the other CARP groups and inherit from them so I can share that with PCC CARP.  

6. What are you most looking forward to on this year’s trip?

I’m looking forward to seeing people from last year, meeting new people, and really experiencing the spirit of CARP.

7. Would you recommend this trip to your friends? If yes, why?

Yes, because it is a great way to learn and to grow. True Mother shares often about the need for CARP, the need for educated youth. This trip is a way to understand more deeply her heart as well as start to go on the way she is asking university students and youth to go. Even if you are not in CARP I see it as a great way to be educated and connect to True Mother’s heart. 

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The Launch of a New CARP Chapter

Contributed by CARP Las Vegas

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On April 13th, CARP Las Vegas held its grand opening for the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) chapter. The event brought together CSN students, CARP members, local Unificationists, and eight CSN professors and faculty. 

CARP members were touched by a recent message given by Mother Moon (co-founder of CARP), where she expressed to CARP members nationwide to establish a culture of heart on their campuses.

In response to Mother Moon’s direction, CARP UNLV and CARP CSN members reached out to professors at both universities for several weeks before this grand opening in hopes to share this message.

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The members were proud to be able to share the founders’ vision for CARP and for America at the opening ceremony. 

The Grand Opening Program

With CARP UNLV president, Jinil Fleischman (read his testimony here), as emcee, the program started with a musical offering by CARP members Angelica Moraes and Kailey Teo. Angelica is a member of Apple Heaven USA and performed in Korea at Father and Mother Moon’s birthday celebration.

The two performances moved the hearts of the audience with an ode to America’s ideal.

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Following a video highlighting CARP’s past activities, the new president for the CSN CARP chapter, Chungbom Katayama, then gave a presentation on the vision for CARP and the new chapter at CSN.

He testified that Father and Mother Moon are the ones who understand the root of the problems facing society and are determined to resolve them. 

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Two CARP members followed suit in sharing their testimonies. Ryota Naito shared about how studying the Divine Principle in CARP empowered him to practice true love and make a change in his own family.

Then, Angelica Moraes testified to Father and Mother Moon’s vision to create a culture of heart in America. She shared about her struggle with the self-centered culture that she experienced, but conveyed her hope to build a heavenly culture in sharing Father Moon’s words about how America was prepared by God for this specific purpose.

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Akira and Makiko Watanabe, the directors of CARP Las Vegas, closed out the program with some concluding remarks and encouraged all the CSN faculty to be involved in teaching the youth to fight against a self-centered culture in order to create a culture of heart.

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Professors Inspired by CARP

The CSN faculty were very moved by the program and by the vision of the CARP students. One professor had to hold in her tears because she was so moved by the values that CARP stands for.

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Another faculty member expressed that the CARP students can accomplish great things.

“The testimonies given can bring hope to other students. Because you guys were able to go through the experience, you can give hope to others who may be going through the same thing.”

He was so inspired by the spirit of the CARP members that he volunteered himself to provide mentoring for the club on a weekly basis.

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A third professor, who teaches Public Speaking at CSN, was very moved by the speeches given by the students. He commented that they have a very amazing quality in their speeches, which he called “the CARP factor.”

One professor who had a CARP student in his class encouraged all of his students to skip part of his class in order to attend the opening ceremony. Many professors expressed that they are eager for the next CARP event at CSN, and are looking forward to collaborating more with the club members.

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Praise to a Successful Campaign

CARP Las Vegas has been active on the UNLV campus since August 2014. At the start of 2017, CARP students dedicated themselves to creating another Las Vegas chapter at CSN by engaging in outreach on the campus.

With sincere devotion, they were successful in their campaign to recruit enough students and find faculty advisors to establish CARP as an official club at CSN.

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The new and more seasoned members are excited for how they can continue to share the founders’ vision for the young adults at CSN and all of Las Vegas!

 

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CARP NJIT Holds Japanese Culture Festival on Campus

Contributed by David Coyne, Secretary of CARP NJIT

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On Monday April 10th, the NJIT CARP Chapter organized a Japanese Cultural Festival that was held in the NJIT Campus Center Ballroom A. The purpose of this event was to offer an opportunity for all students to learn a little bit about Japanese culture through various foods, games, and art.

The chapter had been planning this event meticulously for the past two months and received funding for all activities from the school. Thus, all food and entertainment was provided free of charge. As a result, the event garnished significant interest all throughout the campus, with over 200 students participating in activities throughout the entirety of the event.

The main attraction of the event was the various Japanese dishes and refreshments that were provided; edamame, Japanese curry, sushi, and green tea ice cream amongst others. All the food was prepared by the Japanese adults within CARP community, thus, ensuring the cultural authenticity of the meals.

Additionally, the festival itself hosted a wide range of different activities that kept students engaged for hours. The activities featured during the event were: Origami, Calligraphy, Self Portraits, Anime/Manga, a Photo Booth, Kendama, and Palm Reading.

Each of these booths were run by volunteers from the community. What appealed most to the attendees was just how engaging and unique all the activities were. This festival was not merely a showcasing of Japan, but an opportunity to truly experience different facets of the culture itself.

This was done by providing step by step examples of how to create different objects at the origami booth, teaching people drawing techniques used in anime, providing kimonos to dress in for photos, writing students names in traditional calligraphy, and much more.

The two most popular booths that had people lined up until the end were Palm Reading, and the Self-Portrait booth. One unique aspect of the Palm Reading booth was that the Palm Reader would speak Japanese, while another volunteer would translate the fortunes into English. The Japanese Self Portrait booth was just as unique, as each drawing was in a Japanese animated style.

The large interest in the event on Monday allowed the NJIT CARP Chapter to establish a greater presence on campus. Throughout the event, greeters were stationed at the front doors, providing flyers with the CARP Core Principles to spread information about the club.

In addition, throughout the event at least one core member of the NJIT CARP Club was stationed at the registration desk to provide any additional information about CARP to the attendees. 

Registration Table

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Calligraphy Booth

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Palm Reading Booth

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Japanese Self Portrait/Anime Booth

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Japanese Props

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