Global Classmates Summit 2021

Engaging the next generation of international leaders


Global Classmates Summit selects a handful of outstanding students who participated in Kizuna Across Culture’s virtual exchange program to participate in various activities that deepen their mutual understanding and collaboration over the course of about ten days. For this year’s Summit, fourteen high school students (seven from the US and seven from Japan) were selected from a pool of 1,952 participants of our virtual exchange program in the previous year.

(Since its launch in 2012 our virtual language and cultural exchange program, Global Classmates, has connected over 10,000 high school students in the United States and Japan.)


Under normal circumstances, the Summit is held in Washington, D.C.; however, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Summit will be held virtually, as it was last year.


During the Summit, the students will expand their perspectives and deepen their thoughts through activities such as meeting with experienced leaders as well as internationally minded professionals and participating in discussions on topics such as “cross cultural understanding,” “Antiracist and international society,” and “role of public diplomacy.”


As the ability to engage in meaningful dialogue and build collaborative relationships with others from different backgrounds in a virtual environment, all while overcoming time differences and language barriers, will continue to be essential in the future, we hope that the Summit experience will be a valuable and life-changing one for the participants.


At the end of the Summit, students will reflect on what they have learned, and as young leaders share their thoughts on building a positive future for U.S.-Japan relations and the broader international community in a virtual group presentation. We are looking forward to having many people from around the world see their presentation so please join us!

Global Classmates Summit 2021 Student Presentation

“Youth Voices: Building a Positive Future for U.S.-Japan Relations”

Date: Thursday, August 12th at 8:00 PM ~9:30 PM EDT

Where: Online (Zoom)

Language: English・Japanese (with caption for the student presentation)


Summit 2021 Participants


United States

Caden Chou

Los Gatos High School


         Sequoia Connell

         Winston Churchill High 

         School (Oregon)

        Jaylen Lockhart

        Whitney M. Young Magnet

        High School (Illinois)


Adam Ramsey

International School of

Beaverton (Oregon)

        Kriteen Shrestha

        Cupertino High School


       Clara Wawrzyn

      Glenbrook South High School 


Sammi Yang

Stuyvesant High School

(New York)




Kota Fujikawa

Hiro High School


       Akari Kamiya

       Kani High School (Gifu)

       Ai Matsunaga

       Fujimi High School



Ryo Mizumoto

Uwa High School (Ehime)

       Miu Sakaguchi

       Yokosuka High School


       Chihiro Suzuki

       Yokosuka High School



Kyohei Todoroki

Saga Kita 

High School (Saga)


Summit 2021 Sponsors

USUS Embassy

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