Job Opening: Part-time summer teaching/mentoring for Japanese youth

JULY 23 – AUGUST 11, 2012
Remuneration: $2,500

Join the global effort to prepare the “tomodachi generation” by teaching/mentoring Japanese youth affected by the 2011 tsunami to become tomorrow’s leaders!

Program Description:

Tomodachi Summer 2012 SoftBank Leadership Program

The Tomodachi Initiative is a public-private partnership supported by the US and Japanese governments to support Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake. The goal of the program is to foster the next generation, a “Tomodachi generation” of doers, thinkers and creators who are invested in the future of U.S.-Japan relations. The program will support the students to appreciate our two cultures, and to cultivate globally oriented skills and mindsets needed to thrive and make a difference. Led by Ayusa International in partnership with the University of California – Berkeley’s Center for Cities & Schools, students will partake in a unique civic engagement and leadership initiative called Y-PLAN (Youth – Plan, Learn, Act, Now) aimed at preparing a group of 300 Japanese youth to be leaders of change and revitalization.


Selected teacher/mentors will each lead a team of 20 -25 Japanese high school students through the unique 5-step Y-PLAN course in community development and leadership. The Center for Cities & Schools will provide teachers with training and a step-by-step manual to guide the students through the Y-PLAN process.

The overall Tomodachi Program design incorporates community service projects, cultural enrichment activities, global skills training, and experiential learning. It promotes civic responsibility and commitment to communities and inspires future leaders to be agents of positive change. Additionally, the program equips participants to take local action on issues of international importance, to empower, inspire and prepare them to work to create a peaceful international community.


  • Individuals with experience teaching/mentoring youth in leadership development or related educational experiences
  • Japanese language ability and experience/knowledge of Japanese culture
  • International experience preferred
  • Experience navigating cross-cultural differences
  • Availability for instruction during July 23 – August 11, 2012 Monday-Friday from 8:30am-12:00pm, plus 2 team meetings weekly, and some afternoon activities as needed.
  • 2 days of program and curriculum training at UC Berkeley by CC&S in June (date TBD)

To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to David Beiser at Applications reviewed on an on-going basis till April 20, 2012.

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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