The Japan Foundation and the Center for Global Partnership aim to promote international and cultural understanding of Japan and other countries, including the U.S. Both organizations offer a wide range of grant programs and support at the grassroots level in the U.S. focused on this mission. This webinar will provide information about their programs and items on loan that would be relevant to JETAA chapters interested in strengthening and diversifying their events and programming to their alumni. Representatives from JF/CGP will also share instructions and tips on how to apply for their grants.
Takeshi Yoshida is the Program Director of the Grassroots Exchange and Education Program at the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, New York. In his role, he develops programs that support education-related non-profit organizations to help cultivate U.S.-Japan relations at the grassroots level. He joined the Japan Foundation Tokyo in 2012 and was assigned to the New York office in October 2015. He began his career as a software sales representative at IBM in Japan before joining the Japan Foundation. He holds an undergraduate degree from Keio University and his final thesis is related to Education. During that period, he has traveled over 85 countries to deepen and broaden his multi-cultural perspective and supported launching a social entrepreneur organization focusing on rural revitalization in Japan.
MaryAnn Celis is the Associate Program Officer of the Grassroots Exchange Program at the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, New York. In her role, she provides logistical support to grant projects aimed at strengthening U.S.-Japan relations at the grassroots level, which include a focus on education, network strengthening, and grassroots exchange. She joined the organization in 2015. Prior to her role, she worked for various education organizations focused on climate change education and disaster recovery and resilience, and was an ALT in Yokohama, Japan for 5 years. She holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education studying International Education Policy.