USJETAA/Sasakawa USA Grants for JETAA Chapters and Sub-chapters

USJETAA partners with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA to offer grants to JETAA Chapters and Sub-Chapters in the United States. The goal of this grant program is to support the efforts of the alumni associations of the Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme (JET Program) in the United States through opportunities to partner with SPFUSA and USJETAA to organize events and activities on U.S.-Japan relations. To build capacity for the chapters to hold activities to improve the U.S. Japan relationship, Sasakawa USA, USJETAA, and the selected chapters will collaborate to develop the programs of this grant. USJETAA and Sasakawa USA will workshop these events with the chapters.

In previous years, JETAA chapters have used the mini-grants to host a range of chapter activities from career development workshops to programs that promote Japanese culture in their community. This year, selected JETAAs will receive funding to co-host innovative activities or programs in their communities on a topic of relevance to U.S.-Japan relations in partnership with USJETAA and Sasakawa USA. These chapters will also have the opportunity to feature dynamic JET alumni in their local communities or speakers from across the United States who have contributed towards strengthening understanding and friendship between the United States and Japan.

2018-2019 Selected Grantees

JET Alumni Association of Florida

Career Development Workshop

Program date: September 8, 2018

To support the JET alumni and help them find a career that enable them to utilize their JET experience, the Florida JETAA chapter hosted their inaugural Career Development Workshop at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. The event featured panel discussions focusing on the current job market in the U.S. with an emphasis on Florida, the diversity of careers available in U.S.-Japan relations, and sessions on marketing one’s skills for any job. The workshop was followed by a reception co-hosted by the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami.

JET Alumni Association of New York

JETs at the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Program date: January 12, 2019

To promote a discussion on Japanese art and U.S.-Japan relations, JETAA New York will host a unique event for JET alumni and the U.S.-Japan community at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The event will begin with docent-historian guided tours of the MET’s Japanese art collection, where attendees will be able to view the Museum’s extensive art collection from the Neolithic to the modern. The tours will be followed by a special moderated discussion by John Carpenter (Curator of Japanese Art at the MET), Britt Littman (Director of the Noguchi Museum in New York), and Yukie Kamiya (Director of the Japan Society Gallery in New York).

JET Alumni Association of Minnesota

Forum for U.S.-Japan Organizations

Program date: February 3, 2019 (TBC)

To create stronger ties between Japan and Minnesota, JETAA Minnesota and the Japan-America Society of Minnesota (JASM) will co-host a one-day forum for U.S.-Japan organizations to network with each other and to discuss how their activities strengthen U.S.-Japan relations. At the moment, there is no formal opportunity for the representatives of these organizations to meet. This forum will enable the U.S.-Japan community in Minnesota to exchange ideas for future collaboration and to discuss their respective roles in facilitating grassroots diplomacy between the United States and Japan.

JET Alumni Association of New England

Kimono Workshop and Discussion

Program date: February 10, 2019

To promote a discussion on how Japanese kimonos and art can help strengthen U.S.-Japan relations, JETAA New England will host a kimono workshop for JET alumni and the U.S.-Japan community in Boston. The goal of the event will be to introduce participants to the history and cultural significance of Japanese kimonos and how its appreciation has led to its influence on Western art and global fashion. In addition to a lecture, participants will be able to experience a hands-on workshop where they will learn the intricacies and nuances involved in putting on and wearing a Japanese kimono. This is the first grant JETAA New England has received from Sasakawa USA and USJETAA.

How to Apply

The application period for the 2018-2019 Sasakawa USA/USJETAA Chapter Grant Program is now closed. Interested JETAA Chapters and Subchapters for next year’s application cycle should feel free to contact the USJETAA office with any questions or to discuss ideas – 202.653.9800 or contact@usjetaa.org.

Previous Grantees

Year 2: 2017 – 2018

In the second year of the program, Sasakawa USA and USJETAA awarded six grants from five JETAA chapters. The selected JETAA chapters were:

● JET Alumni Association Heartland

● JET Alumni Association of New York

● JET Alumni Association Pacific Northwest

● JET Alumni Association Rocky Mountain

● JET Alumni Association of Texoma

Read a summary of their events.

Year 1: 2016 – 2017

In its inaugural year, Sasakawa USA and USJETAA awarded a total of eight grants to seven JETAA chapters. The selected JETAA chapters were:

● JET Alumni Association of Chicago

● JET Alumni Association of Florida

● JET Alumni Association of Minnesota

● JET Alumni Association of New York

● JET Alumni Association Pacific Northwest

● JET Alumni Association of Southern California

● JET Alumni Association of Washington, D.C.

Read a summary of their events.

Official Grant Reports

2017-2018 Grant Report

2016-2017 Grant Report