Ayusa is a San Francisco based non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting peace, understanding and personal growth through international youth exchange. For more than 30 years Ayusa has been brining international high school students to the U.S to study and live with volunteer host families. Ayusa is fully listed and a founding member of CSIET as well as a designated program sponsor by the U.S. Department of State. Ayusa: www.ayusa.org
Since 1981, Ayusa has been a leader in providing life-changing cultural exchange experiences for high school students around the world. As part of the Tomodachi initiative, in collaboration with the Center for Cities and Schools at UC Berkeley, Ayusa designed the SoftBank 2012 Summer Leadership program, an intensive three week program for Japanese high school students focusing on global leadership development and community service. Students engaged in a participatory learning process modeled after the Y-PLAN methodology (developed by the UC Berkeley Center for Cities & Schools), which guides students through a process to engage real-world stakeholders and participants in global sustainability projects. Students learned leadership skills, and developed individual community service action and volunteer projects to implement in their home communities. The program featured extensive contact with Americans through their academic program, a weekend homestay, social and sightseeing activities, along with exposure to American culture and values. In 2013, Ayusa will implement a similar program.