In February 2015, JASH invited two young professional organizations – Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association Hawaii and the Sakura Hawaii Alumnae — to participate in Project Reach Out (PRO), which is supported by a generous grant from The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.
PRO enables JASH to collaborate with these young professional organizations that share an interest in strengthening U.S.-Japan ties. As collaborators, JETAA and SHA each receive:
- Financial support for two networking or cultural events
- Subsidized tickets for their members at JASH signature events (Annual Dinner, Holiday Gala, and New Year’s Reception)
- Use of office and conference space (including computer use) in the JASH Office
“We are excited to partner with both organizations to deepen engagement and relevancy,” said JASH President Lenny Yajima. “We hope this collaboration will generate interest by JETAA and SHA members in JASH’s activities.”
The PRO grant also provides funding for engaging a community outreach liaison, creating a database of youth and young professionals who have participated in JASH programs, and revamping JASH’s social media presence.
JETAA Hawaii is a network of Hawaii residents who have participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching program. JETAA prepares new JETs for their Japan assignments with a pre-departure orientation, events, and workshops. JETAA supports active JETs with information, materials, and ideas to assist them in their work and daily living.
SHA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that brings together former Hawaii Cherry Blossom Festival contestants who wish to advance and further the Japanese culture and heritage in Hawaii through mentorship and leadership in a variety of educational, social, community, and cultural events and projects.