TOMODACHI Alumni Leadership Program

TOMODACHI Generation

TOMODACHI Generation

The Next Generation of Leadership.
The TOMODACHI Generation.

TOMODACHI seeks to inspire and empower the young people of Japan and America with the experiences, skills, and confidence to achieve their dreams and contribute to a better world. We believe that the young generation is crucial to building a strong Japan, a strong America, and a strong, enduring U.S.-Japan relationship.

Connect with the TOMODACHI Generation

The TOMODACHI Generation develops new friendships and connections through TOMODACHI programs and activities. Make those relationships last! Keep in touch with other participants, continue expressing your ideas, and keep finding ways to lead and make a difference. Stay connected through: Hash Tag #TOMOalumni

Meet the TOMODACHI Generation

TOMODACHI seeks to inspire and empower the young people of Japan and America with the experiences, skills, and confidence to achieve their dreams and contribute to a better world. We believe that the young generation is crucial to building a strong Japan, a strong America, and a strong, enduring U.S.-Japan relationship.

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Join a Regional Group

The TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework is a platform to connect the over 6,700 TOMODACHI alumni across regions combined with a leadership development program that identifies and trains the rising stars committed to improving each of the regions. Japan is divided into seven regions represented by ten (10) teams: Tohoku-Hokkaido Region (Iwate Team, Miyagi Team, Fukushima Team), Kanto Region (Team A and Team B), Chubu-Hokuriku Region, Kansai Region, Chugoku-Shikoku Region, Kyushu Region, and Okinawa Region. Each team consisting of two Regional Leaders (college and/or high school students) and a Regional Mentor (young professional with a minimum of 5-7 years of work experience). Together, they will put together two events throughout the year and receive skills-building training sessions in between.
Their bios can be found here: Regional Leaders and Regional Mentors.

These teams of Regional Leaders will put together ten (10) Welcome Events in May throughout Japan and Theme Events in the Fall/Winter that address a challenge in their regions. They will listen to the needs and keep their eyes open to the challenges found within their communities to find unique potential solutions and opportunities through the creation of their events. Each team will be provided with seed money that will support their ideas. Their events can be viewed here.

These Regional Leaders will take part in a year-long leadership training program where they will have the opportunity to learn about project development, event planning, outreach, and financial management through hands-on training and mentorship. They will gain valuable skills related to facilitation, presentation, public speaking, mentorship, crowdfunding, communication, self-promotion, and leadership. This training program provides an opportunity for these leaders and mentors to challenge themselves, think critically, and make their ideas take form and become reality. The trainings are the Orientation in March, Regional Leader Training in June, Regional Mentor Retreat in July, and the TOMODACHI Summit in September.

They will take their next steps to becoming the next generation of leaders.

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