33rd Annual Asian-Pacific Children's Convention

sponsored in part by the Japan-America Society of Hawaii

Applications officially closed on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 at 4:30pm. Please contact us at cono@jashawaii.org if you need assistance.

JASH is proud to be the Hawaii-region Liaison Office for the Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC), an annual global leadership program held in Fukuoka, Japan for over 200 students from over 50 regions throughout Asia and the Pacific.

About the APCC

From the APCC Website: The APCC was founded by the Fukuoka Junior Chamber and was part of the 1989 Asian-Pacific Exposition, an event to celebrate Fukuoka City’s 100th anniversary. By holding the APCC, we hope to foster “Global Citizens” who are able to think of the world beyond national boundaries and desire world “Peace and Co-existence.” Through the APCC, children who will shape the world in the 21st century gather together in Fukuoka and gain mutual understanding of different cultures and traditions through home stay and cultural exchange.

About the 2021 Program

In a competitive selection process, JASH typically selects four students (two boys and two girls) as Junior Ambassadors (JAs) representing Hawaii. The APCC has graciously offered for our 2020 Junior Ambassadors (JAs) to transition into our 2021 delegation, as their APCC experience was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As a result, this year, JASH is only selecting an additional 1 student (1 girl) born between August 1, 2009 and July 31, 2010 (10-11 years old) to complete our 2021 delegation. We do not have available positions for additional boy JAs this year.

Although the trip has typically included both a homestay as well as a global youth camp, this year, the APCC program will not include the latter in the interest of everyone’s health and safety. Instead, the program will focus primarily around the host family component with the goal of building strong relationships and fostering cross-cultural communication skills between the JAs and their Japanese host families. There will also be socially distanced and virtual opportunities for the JAs to meet and learn about the other delegations.

Please note that travel may or may not occur in 2021 depending on the health and travel circumstances in Hawaii, the US, and Japan. In 2020, the APCC made the decision to cancel the July convention in April. The APCC is currently planning for an in-person convention in 2021, but is also preparing alternative virtual programs for delegations that are unable to travel. Should the APCC go virtual, we expect our delegation to participate in the virtual events to the best of our ability.

1. Application Materials

Our Junior Ambassador applications require signatures from parent(s)/guardian(s) and the applicant's school principal. In addition, JAs must ask two of their teachers to complete recommendation forms. Finally, there is a short answer component in which JAs must handwrite their responses.

Click here to download the 33rd APCC Checklist & Application Packet

Applications must be submitted and received by the JASH Office in their entirety

by 4:30pm, Monday, January 4, 2021.

2. Submissions

This year, we are accepting online application submissions in addition to mailed hardcopies. All components of the application, including teacher recommendations, must be received (not postmarked) by JASH by the Jan. 4 deadline.

FOR STUDENTS: Click here to submit your Junior Ambassador application packet.

(You will need to submit scans of pages 6, 9-12 of the packet, as well as a copy of your photo.) 

FOR TEACHERS: Click here to submit your teacher recommendation forms.

The online forms should automatically send you an email confirming submission. For JA applicants, a member of JASH Staff will contact you to confirm receipt and any missing documents. Your application is not complete until JASH has confirmed receipt of all components of your application.

3. Interviews

Following submission of their application, Junior Ambassador applicants will then be carefully analyzed based on their written submissions and teacher recommendations. Due to the high volume of applications received, JASH will select which applicants are invited to interview for the program. Notification of this selection will be via email which will be sent to the email address provided in your application packet. If you have not received your letter regarding the interview by Wednesday, January 13, 2021, please contact JASH APCC Coordinator Christianne Ono at cono(at)jashawaii(dot)org.

Interviews will be held virtually via Zoom on Saturday, January 16, 2021. Applicants will first be invited to an individual interview with members of our selection committee in the morning. Then, we ask that all applicants log-on for another Zoom session in the afternoon to participate in small-group workshop activities. We will send more details, including your individual interview time by Wed., Jan. 13.

4. Notification of Results

Applicants will be notified of their interview results within approximately one week following the interview.

Questions?

Contact JASH APCC Program Coordinator Christianne Ono at cono(at)jash(dot)org or 808-524-4450.