Each year before JASC meets in the summer, the Japanese delegation participates in a pre-JASC learning experience. This year the Japanese delegates traveled to the disaster-stricken Miyagi prefecture in North-Eastern Japan.
Delegates on the trip engaged in debris cleanup, agricultural activities and interviewed merchants at local markets at Minami-Sanriku and Kesennuma. They also heard a lecture from Sasaki Ikue, 63rd JASC alumna from Ishinomaki City, and Miura Kiyotaka, a city employee who leads the reconstruction planning. JASCers also got an opportunity to go to the cities of Minami-Sanriku and Ishinomaki to observe the reality of the damage and hear stories from locals about March 11th.
After returning from the trip the 64th JASC Japanese delegation has renewed their energy and enthusiasm for this summer’s conference. They are planning on sharing and discussing their experiences with other delegates when the 64th JASC commences in Dallas, TX this summer.
Dan Jodarski, current program manager for JASC, was part of the executive committee for the 63rd conference. Dan blogged about his JASC experience while working as an analyst for Social Enterprises Associates. The blog post, “What Can Students Do Anyway?”, gives an encouraging account of the steps that students can take to make a difference in the world.
Courtney Kimball and Kunihiro Shimoji were featured in their school’s newspaper for their participation in JASC. They commented on what they learned from the conference and what the JASC experience was for them.
Please visit the article “Building bridges, strengthening skills” and learn more about JASC directly from these JASC alumni.
Holding the 63rd JASC just 4 months after the Great Tohoku Earthquake presented many challenges for the 63rd JASC. However getting many support from the related people and alumni, it achieved great success.
For the coming March 11th, we’d like to share Ms, Ikue Sasaki’s speech which was presented in 63th JASC. She is a survivor of the earthquake. She describes what she saw, felt and hoped for attending the 63rd JASC in this speech.
Taiga Yonemoto (JASC 62, 2010) was featured in the CBS Miami News for raising money to donate to Japan by selling calligraphy on Miami Beach near Florida International University where he studied abroad.
Through her Peace Corps tenure, Mika Yasuo (JASC 56) worked in Kazakhstan as an Organization and Community Assistance Program (OCAP) Volunteer.
She was recently interviewed by the University of Puget Sound’s Career and Employment Services department about how JASC and the Peace Corps shaped her passion for stopping global human trafficking.
The Christian Science Monitor covers JASC and its potential for social change in the article “Japan-US student exchange builds friendships and agenda for social change”.