JETs Carry on Taylor’s Legacy in Miyagi

JETs Carry on Taylor’s Legacy in MiyagiDonated Books from Ambassador Kennedy Translated into Japanese Following Ambassador Kennedy’s donation last November of 110 books to the Taylor Anderson Reading Corner at Mangokuura Elementary School in Ishinomaki, the volunteer group that reads to the students there, Soyokaze no Ohanashi (The Gentle Breeze Talks), joined together with the Miyagi International Association (MIA) and current JETs in the prefecture to translate nine of these books into Japanese. The books chosen cover [more]

JET Community Helps Raise Nearly $50,000 to Support Ishinomaki Students

JET Community Helps Raise Nearly $50,000 to Support Ishinomaki StudentsUpdate on JETs Rally for Tohoku Fundraiser Tuesday, March 11th marked the 3-year anniversary of the worst disaster to hit Japan in recent history. 3.11 is a date that few people connected with Japan will ever forget. This is particularly true for alumni of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET Program) – a unique program organized by the Japanese government that hires recent college graduates from all over the world [more]

Donate for Tohoku and Make Your Support TWICE As Effective!

Donate for Tohoku and Make Your Support TWICE As Effective!JETAA USA is supporting the Taylor Anderson Memorial Foundation for a donation drive (extended until the full $100,000 matching amount has been reached!) that starts when the clock strikes midnight in Japan on March 11. And GlobalGiving has offered to match these donations. This is a great opportunity to show our ongoing support for Tohoku by going to the Global Giving website to make a donation. Online donation drive Donation website: www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/jets-rally-for-tohoku Starts: 12:00 [more]

Recap of 2014 JETAA Regional Conference

Recap of 2014 JETAA Regional ConferenceAs many people were creating personal goals and resolutions to start the new year, thirty-four JETAA delegates from 15 chapters across the U.S. and Canada gathered for the 2014 JETAA Regional Conference at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA to discuss ways to improve their JETAA chapters. New England JETAA Chapter (US 03) played host to this year’s conference and organized a [more]

Please take our JETAA Initiative survey!

Please take our JETAA Initiative survey! The U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation has been working on a JETAA Initiative examining the feasibility of creating a national JETAA organization to strengthen the network of JET alumni and JETAA chapters across the US.  We would like your input on the project and ask you to fill out the linked survey on Survey Monkey.  It should take no more than 15 minutes of your time. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JETAAInitiativeSurvey The survey will be open through 11:45 p.m. Friday, [more]

JET alum Jim Gannon continues his work with JCIE in Rikuzentakata

JET alum Jim Gannon continues his work with JCIE in RikuzentakataJim Gannon (Ehime-ken, 1992-94), Executive Director of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA), has been doing in Tohoku on behalf of his organization.  Jim is a member of JETAA USA’s Board of Advisors and the JETAA USA Disaster Relief Fund Committee. JCIE/USA’s Jim Gannon was in Tohoku last week, where he met with grantee AidTAKATA, an NGO that operates Radio FM Rikuzentakata to bring local news, music, and informational programs [more]

Former AJET Chair Announced as Senior Staff of Osaka Prefectural BoE's New English Education Reform Team

Former AJET Chair Announced as Senior Staff of Osaka Prefectural BoE's New English Education Reform TeamFormer AJET Chair Matthew Cook (Osaka-fu, 2007-12) has been announced as “Shusa” (“Senior Staff”) at the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education.  His role will be working with all levels of English Educational Affairs and working as a member of the new English Education Reform Team. Matt may be the first ever non-Japanese person to hold a senior level full-time position at the policy-making level at a Board of Education in Japan.  [more]

U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation Seeks Project Director to Support JETAA USA Growth

U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation Seeks Project Director to Support JETAA USA GrowthUnited States-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) Part-time Project Director Position Announcement Some background on this unique job posting: The JETAA USA Board of Advisors, the JETAA USA Country Representatives, and the JETAA USA Working Group have been collaborating with JET alum Paige Cottingham-Streater of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (among others) on the opportunity to grow and strengthen JETAA USA and its chapters. Thanks to Paige's hard work, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership [more]

 


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