YMCA seeking youths for summer trip to Japan

Local teenagers have a chance to experience Japanese culture through the YMCA Youth Leadership Institute. Youth will travel to Kobe, Hiroshima and Kyoto this summer (July 19-Aug. 1) to be immersed in the culture, history and family life in Japan.

Applications will only be accepted through March 30, and financial assistance is available.

Participating youth will learn leadership skills, cultural sensitivity and international communications.

There are 13 spots available for the program, which is part of the YMCA Youth Leadership Institute, an international program offered each year to greater Seattle youth ages 14-18. The Kobe YMCA will provide guides for the group and arrange home stays. YMCA of Greater Seattle staff and adult chaperones will accompany the youth during the trip.

The subsidized trip costs $2,600 and includes airfare, transportation, food, and activities.

There is an interview process, orientation for parents and participants, plus pre-trip preparation and cultural training meetings.

For more information or to apply, visit seattleymca.org/international or call 425.485.9797.