The TOMODACHI Generation Global Leadership Academy is an alumni program for students who had participated in a TOMODACHI program and had studied in the United States over the summer. High school and university students from Tohoku are selected for this 3-day workshop in which students discuss leadership, the global agenda, and how they can contribute to their community.
TOMODACHI Generation Global Leadership Academy 2019
Marking its seventh year, the TOMODACHI Generation Global Leadership Academy (GLA) 2019 was held in Tokyo from March 7 to 10, 2019, attended by 42 high school and college TOMODACHI Alumni (past program participants) from Tohoku. Inspired by the theme, “How to Create a Tohoku that the World Would be Envious of Ten Years from Now,” the program aimed to create a future for Tohoku based on dialogues and workshops, including participant visits to innovative companies and organizations and interviews on the future of society and the potential of Tohoku according to various sectors. The program is generously supported by the Prudential Foundation. Read More>>
TOMODACHI Generation Global Leadership Academy 2018
From March 22-25, the TOMODACHI Generation Global Leadership Academy (GLA) 2018 welcomed its 6th consecutive year back in Tokyo. The program was extended to four days and a total of 49 TOMODACHI Alumni (high school and college students) from Tohoku gathered at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center. The program rolled out under the theme “Creating the Future Together” and focused on the concepts of cross-sector innovation and global leadership as we looked towards the future to 2050. The program has a built in a tiered-style leadership program that encourages alumni to continue to heighten their leadership skills through different roles – the program has a high school participant component, a college student leader component, and a college student staff member component. This program is made possible with generous support from the TOMODACHI Fund for Exchanges Donors: Toyota Motor Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Hitachi, Ltd. Read More>>
TOMODACHI Generation Global Leadership Academy 2017
From March 18-20, the TOMODACHI Generation Global Leadership Academy (GLA) 2017 was held in the Tohoku Region for the very first time. The three-day program aimed at nurturing global perspectives through leadership and mentorship was attended by 49 TOMODACHI alumni from across the Tohoku Region currently attending high school or university. Participants worked in nine teams focusing on: energy, community building, education, branding, business development, fisheries, traditional crafts, inbound tourism, and disaster resilience; and worked with young professional mentors to develop action plans to tackle various challenges facing their local communities. This program is made possible by generous support from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Read More>>
TOMODACHI Generation Global Leadership Academy 2016
The TOMODACHI Generation Global Leadership Academy 2016 took place in Tokyo from March 4-6, 2016!
A total of 63 high school and university students who studied in the United States on a TOMODACHI Program were selected to participate in a 3-day workshop in which students discussed the future of Tohoku and what its youth could do to contribute to society whilst learning teamwork and leadership skills. This program is designed for students who have a global perspective based on their experiences in studying abroad in the United States. The students will receive advice from industry leaders on rebuilding and revitalizing the Tohoku region. The three-day workshop culminated in an opportunity for the participants to present their ideas to various leaders in politics, business, media and NGOs.
Through this program, TOMODACHI alumni built upon their experience studying abroad in the United States and acquired the skills necessary to implement their ideas to rebuild and revitalize the Tohoku region. Read More>>
TOMODACHI BEYOND Tomorrow Global Leadership Academy 2015
For this 3-day program in Tokyo from March 6-8, 2015, seventy students had an opportunity to reconnect the TOMODACHI generation who traveled to the U.S. through various TOMODACHI programs in the summer of 2014. Since 2014, this program has created an unparalleled platform for developing future leaders with a global outlook and a strong sense of compassion for those in need around the world.
This 3-day program was comprised of team discussions, dialogue with leaders and corporate mentors, and team building exercises under the theme of global leadership and aim to nurture a strong sense of leadership for them to become active in addressing the global agenda in the future.
TOMODACHI BEYOND Tomorrow Global Leadership Academy 2014
This 3-day program in Tokyo from March 7-9, 2014 provides an opportunity to reconnect the TOMODACHI generation who travelled to the U.S. through various TOMODACHI programs in the summer of 2013. Capitalizing on the success of this program that was held in 2013, the event will create an unparalleled platform for developing future leaders with a global outlook and a strong sense of compassion for those in need around the world.
Seventy participants will be selected from the pool of various TOMODACHI programs that took place in the U.S. in Summer 2013. This 3-day program will be comprised of team discussions, dialogue with leaders, and team building exercises under the theme of global leadership and aim to nurture a strong sense of leadership for them to become active in addressing the global agenda in the future.
TOMODACHI BEYOND Tomorrow Global Leadership Academy 2013
In March 8-10, 2013, seventy alumni from the TOMODACHI Summer 2012 Programs attended the TOMODACHI BEYOND Tomorrow Global Leadership Academy 2013 in Tokyo. These students were chosen from over 400 students who studied in the United States on a TOMODACHI Summer 2012 Program and participated in a 3-day workshop in which students discussed and studied the global agenda, and what the youth can do to contribute to society.
On March 10, the students gave 3-minute presentations to close to 200 people consisting of government officials and business leaders on how students associations can help to solve global issues such as hunger and obesity, clean water, and energy. This event was supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
- For more information on this program, visit the BEYOND Tomorrow website
Voices of the TOMODACHI Generation
“At the Academy, I was able to watch the students grow. At first, the students were not discussing specifics on topics that were given to us. However, as they met with different speakers and mentors, they began to discuss and ask questions such as, ‘What are things that we can do? Specifically, what can we do? When will we do it by?’ Although it was only for 3 days, the students were able to enjoy these discussions and grow as a person. It was a wonderful experience for them and for me.”
– Yohei Noji, Hitotsubashi University, Graduate student, University Leader