Youth Leadership Program with Japan - Student Application

Washington, District of Columbia
Friday, January 09, 2015


Youth Leadership Program with
Japan and South Korea


August 2-27, 2015

Japanese Student Application


Youth Leadership Program with Japan - Student Application
Friday, January 09, 2015 -
Monday, March 02, 2015 11:59 PM (Eastern Time)

1015 15th St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
United States

The Youth Leadership Program with Japan and South Korea for female high school students and adult mentors is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassies in Japan and South Korea and administered by World Learning and EIL Japan.

Youth Leadership Program with 
Japan and South Korea

August 2-27, 2015

Japanese Student Application

Application Deadline

March 2, 2015 11:59 PM
(Eastern Standard Time)

Program Introduction and Application Instructions

The Youth Leadership Program with Japan and South Korea is a three week youth leadership exchange during August 2015 based in Tahoe, NV; Chicago, IL; Seattle, WA; and Washington D.C. for 16-18 year old girls from Japan, South Korea and the United States. 16 girls from Japan and South Korea (8 from each country) will be joined by local girls from Tahoe, Chicago, and Seattle (6 in each city).  The U.S. girls will join the program in their home city as daytime participants.  The program aims to develop a cadre of young adults in Japan, South Korea and the United States who have a strong sense of civic responsibility, a commitment to community development, an awareness of current and global issues, strong interpersonal leadership skills, willingness to foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups in Japan, South Korea and the United States, and to promote mutual understanding, respect and collaboration between the United States and East Asia.  

Program Sponsors and Partners:

  • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Youth Programs Division
  • U.S. Embassy in Japan
  • U.S. Embassy in South Korea
  • World Learning
  • Global Ties partners: Chicago & Seattle 
  • EIL Japan


The goals of the program are to:

1)      To promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States, Japan & South Korea; 

2)      Inspire a sense of civic responsibility and commitment to community development among youth;

3)      Develop leadership skills and community service skills among youth appropriate to their needs; and

4)      Foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, national groups.

What is covered?

There is no application fee for applicants.

The United States Government will pay for international transportation to and from the United States, orientations, program and visa fees and administration, site visits and seminars, lodging and meals, some cultural activities, educational materials, accident and sickness insurance.  Participants will stay with volunteer host families and in conference centers.

Participants are responsible for expenses related to the application process (copying, mailing, photographs, etc.), and spending money for souvenirs and other items in the United States. 

Who is eligible to apply?

Japanese Student applicants must:

  • be female;
  • be enrolled in high school in August, 2015 (no university or college students)
  • be at least 16 years old and not more than 18 years old on the day of departure (August 2nd) (birth years between 1997-1999);
  • NOT have lived or studied previously in the United States; 
  • have the ability to speak English;
  • have citizenship and current residency in Japan (applicants with dual U.S. citizenship will not be considered)
  • have permission from both parents or legal guardians to participate in the four week program; and
  • submit a complete application including: essays, letters of recommendation, and  parent/guardian consent form


  • Students with dual American/Japanese or American/Korean citizenship

What are the criteria for selection?

Students will be evaluated on the following characteristics:

  • a demonstrated interest in and commitment to volunteer and civic activities;
  • ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and tolerate the opinions of others;
  • leadership potential;
  • good social and communication skills;
  • good academic performance; 
  • an energetic, positive attitude; and
  • ability to implement projects to benefit the students' school and/or community.

Selection Process

  • Applications will be reviewed by World Learning and EIL Japan
  • Semi-finalists will be contacted by EIL Japan for an interview.
  • Due to large quantity of applications received, it is not possible to inform all applicants of their status
  • Additional questions should be emailed to


Required Documents to be submitted with a completed Application (please attach all documents to the same submission email – unless references will be submitting letters separately)

Note: Any documents sent to must reference the applicant's Full Name and document type in the subject line of the email. For example, "Carolina Silva, Completed Application"

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about the application or program? Please click the Questions (FAQ) tab at the top of the page.

To apply, please click on the Online Instructions tab at the top of this page.

Thank you for your interest in the program and good luck with your application!



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