USJETAA partners with various organizations, including the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR), Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, and the U.S. State Department, to support programming and outreach for current American JETs in Japan and JET alumni in the United States.
Programs for JET Alumni
Sasakawa USA JETs on Japan Forum
The JETs on Japan Forum is a new partnership between USJETAA and Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) that will feature selected articles of JET alumni perspectives on U.S.-Japan relations. The series aims to elevate the awareness and visibility of JET alumni working across diverse sectors and provides a platform for JET alumni to contribute to deeper understanding of U.S.-Japan relations from their fields. The articles will be posted on USJETAA’s website to serve as resource to the wider JET alumni and U.S.-Japan communities on how alumni of this exchange program are continuing to serve as informal ambassadors in U.S.-Japan relations. Learn More!
Professional Development Webinars
The Professional Development Webinars provide guidance and instruction to JET alumni across the country on a variety of careers and professional development topics. Topics include “How to become a Japanese teacher after JET,” “How to find a career,” “You’ve finished the JET Program. Now what?” and many more. Each webinar includes one to three speakers with expertise in the topics. Webinars are supported by the Japan Foundation CGP and CLAIR. Learn more!
USJETAA is excited to offer free career counseling and resume review services to JET alumni. To be eligible, you must be an alumni of the JET program, a member of USJETAA, and a resident of the U.S. All of the services take place online, so you can participate from your home or work. Learn more!
Japan Matters for America Contributor Program (Concluded)
This program provides JET alumni the opportunity to author pieces for the East-West Center Japan Matters for America website and earn an honorarium for their publications. This program is now complete. Learn more!
Programs for JETAA Chapters
JETAA Chapter Leadership Program
This program funds visits from the USJETAA executive director and members of the USJETAA board of directors to JETAA chapters for leadership workshops that support chapter development and best practices. This program is funded by CLAIR. Learn more!
Sasakawa USA Chapter Grant Program
This program supports the leadership of JETAA chapters by providing them with funding for programming and outreach. With this grant, chapters have conducted educational outreach to promote Japanese culture in local communities, supported Japanese language study, provided career services for JET alumni, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the JET Programme, and more. This program is a partnership with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. Learn more!
Chapter Webinar Series
The Chapter Webinar Series provides helpful information on chapter leadership to engage all officers of JET alumni chapters. Topics include information about developing membership, effective communications strategies, obtaining 501(c)(3) non-profit status, and more. Each webinar includes one to three speakers with expertise in the topics. Webinars are supported by the Japan Foundation CGP and CLAIR. Learn more!
Programs for Current JETs
Microgrants for American JETs
This program provides small grants to U.S. assistant language teachers working in Japan on the JET Programme to introduce American culture and English language to students in their classrooms and the local community. This program is funded by the U.S. Embassy Tokyo. Learn more!
Tayō-sei: Japanese Language and Cultural Exchange Program (2020; Concluded)
Tayō-sei is a virtual Japanese language and culture seminar series for Black and LatinX college students at schools across the four states served by the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association Southeast (JETAASE): Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The free course provides an opportunity for students underrepresented in studying or working abroad in Japan, specifically for those from LatinX backgrounds and students of color, to develop an interest in studying and living abroad in Japan among this cohort. This program is funded by a grant from the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles. Learn More!