Countries: Japan, South Korea
Duration: September 2014 to December 2015
Funder: U.S. Department of State
The Youth Leadership Program with Japan and South Korea is a three-to four-week U.S.-based exchange that explores the primary themes of civic rights and responsibilities, leadership development, and community engagement and the sub-theme of entrepreneurship and innovation.
Participants are 16 female high school students and 4 female educators from Japan and South Korea, who will be joined by American students for some of the US-based activities. The program concludes with follow-on activities in the participants’ home communities in which they apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the exchange experience
Students travel to the United States in August to World Learning’s Lake Tahoe satellite campus in Nevada; followed by homestays in either Chicago, IL or Seattle, WA; concluding their program in Washington, DC.
Follow-on Reunion Conferences will be reunite participant alumni in Seoul and Tokyo approximately six-months after the completion of the US exchange.
Program Goals, as defined by the Department of State
- Promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of the partner countries;
- Inspire a sense of civic responsibility and commitment to community development among youth;
- Develop leadership skills and community service skills among youth appropriate to their needs; and
- Foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups.