CBCF Emerging Leaders Head to Japan for U.S.-Japan KAKEHASHI Project

Program underscores the critical importance of international education and its role in preparing the next generation of global leaders.

March 5, 2019                                                                                          

CJ Epps

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) announced today 25 Emerging Leaders will travel to Japan for the U.S.–Japan KAKEHASHI Project. From March 9-16, 2019, the delegation — comprising students and graduates residing and/or attending colleges and universities in Congressional Black Caucus member districts — will participate in informational and mentoring sessions for young people and professionals on leadership, service learning, civic engagement and social entrepreneurship.

This is the third year that CBCF has partnered with the Embassy of Japan and the Japanese International Cooperation Center as part of an ongoing effort to promote cross-cultural perspectives among Japanese and African American students.

“At CBCF, we continually strive to meet the changing needs of our Emerging Leaders by offering diverse programs including a study abroad experience,” said Dr. Elsie L. Scott, interim president and CEO at CBCF. “Through this partnership, they are exposed to new cultures and experiences that are critical to their development as global citizens.”

The program focuses on the critical importance of international education and its role in preparing the next generation for success as global citizens and leaders. While in Japan, the delegation will visit non-governmental organizations, public and private enterprises, universities and innovation hubs, and they will also participate in overnight homestay visits with select Japanese families.

“The U.S.–Japan KAKEHASHI Project allows Japanese and African American students to explore their global acumen and expand key professional skills needed to compete in today’s world with an increasingly changing global environment,” said Congressional Minister Kimitake Nakamura. “It is our hope that these participants will play a bridging role between our two countries in the future based on their upcoming experience.”

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Established in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute committed to advancing the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public. For more information, visit

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