The TOMODACHI Alumni Leadership Program builds upon the initial TOMODACHI experience to inspire and empower the young people of Japan and America, giving them the experiences, skills, and confidence to achieve their dreams and contribute to a better world. We offer the alumni community, which consists of over 7,800 participants of 290 programs aging from 14 to 40 years old, with a range of opportunities to engage and inspire one another to build strong, enduring relationships.
The TOMODACHI Alumni Leadership Program is made possible with the generous support of The Prudential Foundation.
The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership between the U.S.-Japan Council and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, with support from the Government of Japan. Born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, TOMODACHI invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs. The initiative seeks to foster a “TOMODACHI Generation” of young American and Japanese leaders who are committed to and engaged in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations, appreciate each other’s countries and cultures, and possess the global skills and mindsets needed to contribute to and thrive in a more cooperative, prosperous, and secure world.
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Out-of-the-box, critical and innovative thinking provide successful and efficient problem-solving skills that are the keys to prosperity in the twenty-first century, and we aim to arm our alumni with these traits.
Building upon the global experiences participants gained on TOMODACHI programs, we hope alumni will make a difference in their communities through the development of knowledge, skills, values and motivation.
As leaders of the next generation, we prepare our alumni to become global jinzai (global citizens) by providing them with the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities to thrive with a focus on mentorship and peer-to-peer leadership opportunities.
As members of the TOMODACHI Generation, alumni will connect with each other to expand their networks and stay engaged as members and leaders of their communities and really build on those people-to-people relations.