The Japan in the Schools (JIS) program, started in 1997, is a unique program that brings education about Japan into classrooms in Western PA. A wide variety of topics are covered in visits to local schools. Some topics include Japan today, Japanese history, language, culture, and origami. Download the curriculum flyer[PDF] for more information.
Volunteers of the JIS program respond to outreach requests from elementary, middle, and high schools, libraries, and other community partners. Authentic Japanese materials are used as teaching aids. This unique experience broadens students’ view of the world and its cultures.
Volunteer for the JIS Program!
Volunteers are the most essential part of JIS. Without the help of dedicated and passionate volunteers, this program would not exist. Everyone is welcome regardless of age, first language, or level of familiarity with Japanese culture. The only requirement is a passion for Japan.
Request a School Visit!
Requesting a school visit is easy! Fill out the request form below and the Educational Outreach Coordinator, Katsuko Shellhammer, will coordinate the details of the visit.