Michael Licavoli, of Pine, is the recipient of a prestigious scholarship providing him the opportunity to live and study in Japan. Michael departed for Japan June 20 to live with a volunteer host family and attended high school through the Japan-US Senate Exchange (JUSSE) scholarship, administered through Youth For Understanding USA for a period of six weeks.
JUSSE is funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. In its 23rd year, the JUSSE scholars program, in coordination with YFU USA, sponsored 50 high school students, one from each state.
Licavoli competed nationally for the chance to live with a volunteer host family and attend academic classes in Japan as a "typical Japanese teenager." He participated in a brief orientation in California prior to departing for Japan. This orientation provided him with an introduction to Japanese language and culture.
During the exchange experience, the JUSSE scholars met foreign dignitaries, learned skills and perspectives necessary to meet the challenges of today and became familiar with the opportunities our global community offers.
For additional information about youth exchange opportunities with YFU, including scholarships, hosting an international student or volunteering with YFU USA, please call 1-800-TEENAGE or visit www.YFU-USA.org.