Summer Teaching and Assistant Positions - Japan


[JULY 23 – AUGUST 11, 2012]

Program Description:  Tutoring TOMODACHI Summer 2012 SoftBank Leadership Program

TOMODACHI is a public-private initiative endorsed by the US and Japanese governments to support Japan's recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake. The program goal is to foster the next generation of Japanese and Americans, a "TOMODACHI generation" of driven doers, thinkers and creators who are invested in the future of U.S.-Japan relations.

Supporting the mission of TOMODACHI, SOFTBANK CORP will provide up to 300 Japanese high school students from the disaster-affected regions with an intensive 3-week program at UC Berkeley focusing on global leadership development and community service.

Administered by Ayusa International, a non-profit educational exchange organization established in San Francisco in 1980, in partnership with the Center for Cities & Schools (CC&S) at UC Berkeley, this program will provide a campus-based leadership program concentrated on developing powerful social advocates. Students will learn leadership skills, and develop volunteer community service projects to implement in their home communities when they return home. Through this experience students will learn to appreciate our two cultures, and to cultivate globally oriented skills and mindsets needed to thrive and make a difference.

Job Description
·      1-Day Program and Curriculum Training (June - date TBD)
Prior to the commencement of the program, participate in a 1-day training session offered by CC&S to teach a
unique, award-winning civic engagement and leadership course called the Y-PLAN (Youth – Plan, Learn, Act, Now).
·      In-Class Tutorial (Monday-Friday from 8:30am-12:00pm)
Lead a team of 20-25 students to discuss and explore ways to improve one’s community and city via the Y-PLAN (Youth - Plan, Learn, Act, Now) civic engagement methodology and curriculum. Instruction will be carried out in a of mix of English and Japanese depending on teacher’s abilities and strengths. All student course materials will be translated into Japanese to support English based instruction and Japanese speaking teaching assistants will also be available in needed classrooms. Coursework will be project based, hands-on learning opportunities where Japanese youth work together on a real world community development project.  CC&S will provide teachers with all necessary teaching materials and day-by-day curriculum.
·      Course Development and Team Building Meetings (2 times/week)
Attend 2 team meetings weekly, and some afternoon field trip activities as needed.

·      Individuals with experience teaching/mentoring youth in leadership development or related educational experiences.
·      Experience in urban planning/community development or urban design helpful
·      Japanese language ability and experience/knowledge of Japanese culture helpful.

Salary Range: $1.500-$2.500 (based on experience). Teaching assistant positions may also be available.

To Apply:  Please submit cover letter and resume to David Beiser at AYUSA Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis till June 1, 2012 to fill 12 spots. For more information please contact David Beiser.
Information on TOMODACHI is available at
Y-PLAN (Youth – Plan, Learn, Act, Now!) is an award-winning educational methodology that teaches young people to be civic leaders through participation in real-world community development projects. It builds on high-quality social entrepreneurship strategies to teach young people how to work with government, business and community leaders to develop innovative solutions to society’s needs. Created by the Center for Cities & Schools (CC&S) at the University of California – Berkeley in 1999, Y-PLAN has developed into a national model of youth civic leadership and college preparation, reaching over 1,500 young people across the United States and the world.
In January 2012, CC&S partnered with AyusaInternational to bring the Y-PLAN leadership methodology to participants of the Summer 2012 TomodachiSoftBankLeadership Program. The UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design (CED) and Institute of Urban and Regional Development are also dedicating people, classrooms and critical resources to this important and exciting initiative. 

Three key aspects to the Y-PLAN method include:

·         A “studio” educational experience offering students a very “hands-on” and project based learning approach to leadership development.  Field trips out into the community will be a key part of this course as well as meeting with UC Berkeley faculty and students.

·         Engagement in an authentic community development project where students learn through experience how to use their imagination and innovative ideas to create change. Students will interact directly with city and community leaders.

·         Students work together in small teams to learn from each other and adult professionals who will offer the Y-PLAN instruction and support/mentor young people as a “community of practice” to develop their  Social Action Y-PLAN  project proposals.

City of Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates is eager to improve the city’s downtown area to become a great place where everyone wants to come, visit, live and have fun!   He has asked the Tomodachi summer students to help him!  In small groups, students will focus on one of the following four thematic areas:
·         Housing: What types of improvements will make Downtown a place where families and people with different needs want to live?
·         Business & Jobs:What improvements should the City of Berkeley make to create more jobs and successful businesses?
·         Public Spaces:How can the City of Berkeley improve public parks, gathering places and streets to benefit residents and strengthen Berkeley’s community?
·         Energy & Sustainability:How can the City of Berkeley increase environmental sustainability and energy-efficiency in the Downtown area?
The Y-PLAN process follows a flexible, but well structured, series of activities to support and guide youth through the collaborative
planning and policy making process, including:

Phase 1: Start Up
Learn about each other, the Y-PLAN framework, individual and team strengths and the project questions;and create a roadmap for work ahead
Phase2: Making Sense of the City
Conduct community mapping activities to identify assets and challenges in the community and consider relationships between people and places; work together to understand project questions through additional research and data collection; and create final posters “telling the story of the community”
Phase3: Into Action
Get inspired by learning about innovative projects around the world; identify and understand a variety of community perspectives;and create a vision and plan of action for the project
Phase4: Going Public
Create a public, multi-media proposal presentation; present ideas publicly to a panel of professionals and community leaders; receive feedback for future action
Phase5: Looking Forward, Looking Back
Evaluate personal participation and prepare reflective essays; and outline next steps for sustained leadership in home communities.