Dear Prospective Participant,

Thank you for your interest in the Social Innovation in Seattle program! I welcome you to the beautiful city of Seattle and all that it has to offer in the way of innovative companies, exciting opportunities, and the great outdoors. Seattle has been called the, "Silicon Valley of Social Innovation" and you have a great opportunity to step into this emerging market of social benefit through our iLEAP program. Seattle is a great place for Japanese to live and work and all of the participants in our past programs fall in love with the city! I am certain that you will too.

The Social Innovation in Seattle program is unlike any other program that you will find in the world. It brings together an internship in a socially innovative organization or business with rigorous academic coursework taught by university faculty, and also connects participants to the social enterprise community in Seattle through site visits and guest lectures. iLEAP has strong partnerships with universities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in the Seattle area and through the SIIS program, you will be able to take advantage of these. iLEAP has a 5 year track record of being a leader in the field of international education and social innovation and possesses strong, dedicated leadership from a 7 member Board of Directors and me, the co-Founder and Executive Director. In addition to my work with iLEAP, I am also a Professor at Antioch University Seattle, where I teach in a masters-level graduate program focused on leadership and social change.

My teaching philosophy is based in active, experiential learning principles. I want you, my student, to get 'real-world' experience, AND have it connected to a body of knowledge that can help to deepen their learning. I also believe in 'personalized education' where each student is given close attention and closely mentored by me and my staff. In the SIIS program you will not feel alone as we work hard to develop strong relationships with you. In fact, this is an important part of our program as we seek to maintain our relationships with graduates of our programs and can even collaborate with you in your return to Japan! My idea for this program grows out of my own experience teaching in places all over the world--including Japan as a Fulbright Scholar--and realizing how people learn best: this is through a strong combination of application and theory.

If you are concerned about your English, don't be! We have native Japanese on staff who are available to you at all times and you will be well supported.

I hope to see you in Seattle.

Dr. Britt Yamamoto,
Executive Director