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TOMODACHI/NAJAS Grassroots Exchange

 

  NAJAS and the TOMODACHI Initiative launched the TOMODACHI/NAJAS Grassroots Exchange Program in 2013. A public-private partnership dedicated to helping Tohoku recover from the Great East Japan earthquake, the TOMODACHI Initiative is a major sponsor of U.S.-Japan youth exchange programs. NAJAS deeply appreciates the support of the TOMODACHI Initiative for this unique series of two-way, locally organized youth exchanges. TOMODACHI Initiative
   
  The TOMODACHI/NAJAS Grassroots Exchange Program offers Japan-America Societies (JAS), with a partner in Japan, the opportunity to establish and sustain small (6-7 person) youth exchanges. These exchanges are helping the Tohoku area recover, at individual and institutional levels, from the tragedy of 3/11. They also help JAS develop deeper relationships with Japanese counterparts and allow both organizations to reach out to younger audiences and involve them in the U.S.-Japan relationship.
     
  A list of exchanges funded by TOMODACHI Initiative follows, with a report on each exchange below:
     
 

2013:

2014:

    Japan America Society of Southern California   Japan America Society of Southern California
    Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth   Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
    Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana   Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
    Japan America Society of St. Louis   Japan America Society of St. Louis
        Japan Society of New Orleans
        Japan-America Society of the State of Washington
         
 

2015:

2016:

    Japan America Society of Southern California   Japan America Society of Southern California
    Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth   Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
    Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana   Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
    Japan America Society of St. Louis   Japan America Society of St. Louis
    Japan Society of New Orleans   Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
    Japan-America Society of the State of Washington   Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado
    Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania    
         
         
 
Japan America Society of Southern California
  Fukushima Youth Cultural Exchange Program
  Year One:
 
  Year Two:
 
    Year Three:
   
    Year Four:
   
  • in Southern California
  • July 22 - August 2, 2016
     
Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
  Dallas-Sendai Young Ambassadors
  Year One:
 
  Year Two:
 
    Year Three:
   
    Year Four:
   
  • in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
  • June 30 - July 7, 2016
     
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
  TOMODACHI/NAJAS Youth Baseball Exchagne
  Year One:
 
  Year Two:
 
    Year Three:
   
    Year Four:
   
  • in Ofunato, Iwate, Japan
  • July 24 - August 9, 2016
     
Japan America Society of St. Louis
  St. Louis/Ishinomaki Friendship Program
  Year One:
 
  Year Two:
 
    Year Three:
   
    Year Four:
   
     
Founders' note: Round One has been funded by TOMODACHI's Fund for Exchanges through generous contributions from Toyota Motor Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Hitachi, Ltd..
     
     
 
 
Japan Society of New Orleans
  New Orleans-Matsue TOMODACHI Exchange
  Year One:
 
  Year Two:
 
     
Japan-America Society of the State of Washington
  Tomodachi/NAJAS - Grassroots Exchange Program
  Year One:
 
  Year Two:
 
     
     
 
 
Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
  TOMODACHI Ties Through Taiko
  Year One:
 
  Year Two:
 
  • in Mihama, Aichi, Japan
  • August 5 - 14, 2016
     
     
 
 
Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado
  Tomodachi Exchange Program
  Year One:
 
  Year Two:
 
  • in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan
  • Summer of 2017
     
     
 
     
  NAJAS is delighted that the TOMODACHI Initiative is supporting the Round Four of exchange programs. We thank the Round One, Round Two and Round Three grantees for their successful programs, which led directly to this new opportunity.  
     
 
TOMODACHI Initiative
 

     
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