2022 Grants Challenge


The Project's first stage is the MAKOTO PRE-SCHOOL CURRICULUM focused on forming positive character development and behavior in children ages 3-7 years old. The foundation of the curriculum is the DAILY practice of THE MAKOTO MEMORY CARD GAME, which introduces 20 positive characteristics that most parents would love to describe their children: integrity, sincerity, honest, reliable, loving, caring, grateful, creative, fair, patient, responsible, cooperative, considerate, forgiving, peaceful, kind, generous, helpful, respectful, and inclusive.


What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?

K-12 STEAM Education

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

Central LA

East LA

South LA

South Bay

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Pilot or new project, program, or initiative

What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?

The world’s Educational System is broken, and we must embrace new ways to teach our children, so that they will be spiritually equipped to create a better world tomorrow. We are creating academically smarter children at younger and younger ages, but even if little 3-year old Johnny knows that 2+2 = 4, and that Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States, but hasn’t learned why he shouldn’t keep biting his older brother at every opportunity, then have we really “taught” little Johnny enough? In lieu of the multiple suicides and school shootings over the past decade by CHILDREN, it’s time to take a serious look at how we are raising our children! We have become so focused on the factual and academic development of Johnny’s “mind” that we have forgotten about the development of Johnny’s inner character and his spirit! We must re-examine and expand our educational approach beyond the mental and physical.

Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.

So, how do we reach a child’s spirit with important core concepts so that "Johnny" becomes consciously aware of himself and his relationship to others? Our thoughts about this involve the introduction of Johnny to what we like to call MAKOTO PRE-SCHOOL CURRICULUM, which is the gentle incorporation of important core values into Johnny’s conscious and subconscious mind between 0-7 years old, when the maximum learning and life-programming occurs.. MAKOTO is a Japanese word that stands for Sincerity and Truth, two fundamental character traits that are supported by such desirable qualities as, awareness, honesty, responsible, sincerity, generosity, gratitude, respect, patience, reliability, love, care, kindness, creativity, cooperation, consideration, forgiveness, fairness, inclusion, peace, and integrity. This list will evolve as Youth Publications, Inc.(YPI) brings together the minds of Childcare Providers, Pre-School Directors and Principals into a very special Founders Group, who have already identified and experienced the need for the development of such an important project, either in their classroom, or in their school. We believe that a DAILY reminder of these preferred character qualities, in a fun, thoughtful, and challenging way, will gently remind our children what type of positive behavior is expected and accepted, within their family, school and community. That is why we created the MAKOTO Memory Card Game, which was designed to be played DAILY at school and home.

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

Over time, as the MAKOTO Preschool Curriculum is adopted by schools throughout Los Angeles County, parents will feel safe letting their children play outside, and children will have an embedded sense of keeping their actions, thoughts and words in alignment with each other, because when that is accomplished, and occurs on an on-going basis, they will have achieved the highly regarded and cherished state of "MAKOTO". By 2050 the Preschoolers of today will be young positive adults. Young boys will no longer feel the necessity of belonging to gangs, because PARENTS will learn the benefits of MAKOTO with their children, as they also play the MAKOTO Memory Card Game. Both women and men will appreciate and enjoy loving relationships WITHOUT the need of OWNERSHIP and CONTROL, because with the DAILY practice of MAKOTO, they will be personally fulfilled and happy with their own lives, with or without another's company. Robbery will disappear with widespread GRATITUDE for LIFE'S blessings.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

The TEACH THE CHILDREN RIGHT! Project is in it's early state, even though it was initially conceived in 2014 with the MAKOTO Memory Card Game. With the added creation of the MAKOTO DAILY ACTION CHART, we can monitor how engaged each child is becoming every month. As a child's familiarity grows with the 20 MAKOTO behaviors and meanings, they will be able to match their behaviors with the MAKOTO words more easily, and identify them faster and more often. As each month progresses, the children's identification frequency will increase, and this will also be reflected in their notebooks where they write or draw their use of the MAKOTO words EACH DAY. With the passing of every two months, the Teachers will reward the students with prizes for engaging the most times with any one of the 20 MAKOTO words. We imagine these prizes eventually being thoughtfully provided by YPI .

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 6,000

Indirect Impact: 60,000