64th JASCers Volunteer in Tohoku

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 (JASC 62 & 63): “What Can Students Do, Anyway?”


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 (JASC 63), Kunihiro Shimoji (JASC 62 & 63) in the CSB/SJU News

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.





Ikue Sasaki (JASC 63) Recalls Living Through the Great East Japan Earthquake

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.


Mika Yasuo (JASC 56) in University of Puget Sound’s News

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.