Four rising high school juniors from California, their teacher, and Rachael Swanson from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF are preparing this week to travel to Japan to participate in the Junior 8 Summit. Held at the same time as the G8 summit, J8 participants meet together to share their ideas and experiences, research and discuss the three J8 Summit themes based on the G8 agenda and learn about their shared priorities and goals. Along with cultural activities”and some fun, too”representatives from each country will meet with world leaders to present their ideas!
The U.S. is being represented by four students from Amador High School in Pleasanton, California. Rachael and I traveled to Pleasanton last week to meet with the team and share some last-minute information, discuss the program and issues, and meet the parents. We had a great time, and I am happy to report that the team is well prepared to represent the United States. Pictured above from left to right are: Mr. Chris Murphy, Jamie, Matthias, Avani and Manogna. While they will be busy, they will try to post updates on this blog from Japan if they have some downtime.
The team departs for Hokkaido, Japan, on Monday. Let’s wish them safe travels, much success and a great experience! Send your well wishes by posting a comment here.