As part of the TOMODACHI Initiative, Global Seed has designed an intensive three-week program for Japanese high school students focusing on global leadership development in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley. Students will learn leadership skills, develop individual community service action and volunteer projects to implement in their home communities. The program will feature students living in residence at UC Berkeley, social and sightseeing activities along with exposure to American culture and values.
The program design incorporates cultural enrichment activities, global skills training, and other types of experiential individual and group learning to develop civic responsibility and commitment to communities as well as inspiring future leaders to be agents of positive change. Additionally, Global Seed aims to equip participants to act locally on issues of international importance and to empower, inspire and prepare them to work towards creating a peaceful international community.
Students will engage in a participatory learning process based on the Y-PLAN methodology (developed by UC Berkeley’s Center for Cities & Schools), which guides students through a process to engage
real-‐world stakeholders and participants in global sustainability projects.