SWY Alumni Association
Each country has an association for alumni members, founded for the purpose of continuing the spirit that was fostered through the SWY program. The international SWY Alumni Association (SWYAA) promotes and supports the spirit of leadership towards achieving cross-cultural understanding, international cooperation and world peace developed during the SWY and its succeeding programs.
As of April 2016, 26 countries are registered as full members, 7 countries as associate members, and including those who have not yet officially registered, there is a network of a total of 64 countries around the world that are involved in various social contribution activities.
Maintain the network of the former participants of the SWY program and its succeeding programs;
Sustain international friendship and strengthen cooperation among the member countries;
Engage in activities that contribute to the home country and the international society;
Support and develop leaders in the home country and member countries who will contribute to society;
Strengthen ties with the local government in charge of youth affairs;
Strengthen ties with the embassies of the member countries and especially the Japanese Embassy; and
Strengthen ties with the Japanese community.
Ship for World Youth Alumni Association Tokyo Conference (Past Participant Conference)
This annual conference is sponsored by the Cabinet Office, the Japanese Government, and is attended by SWYAA representatives. The purpose of this conference is to exchange information on the development of post-program activities, as well as the structure and depth of each country’s SWYAA, which provide the foundation for such activities. An additional objective of the conference is to have discussions to develop an international network of holistic ties between each country and the IYEO in Japan. Basically, participants discuss how the SWYAA network can be used in activities for the betterment of society, future directions of post-program activities, and how ex-PYs can contribute to the programs.
SWYAA Global Assembly (GA)
International Reunion, which was held at a port of call on the SWY program route, was reformed into SWYAA Global Assembly from 2007. Any active SWYAA is given an opportunity to hold an annual Global Assembly, which is not merely an international reunion for the ex-PYs, but also a forum to discuss about post-program activities and how to promote social contribution activities locally and internationally. Conference for Post-Program Activities is an opportunity for the participants to understand about the activities taking place in different countries, and also to share the outcomes.
The 2017 GA will be held in the United Arab Emirates in November.
For more information on SWYAA, visit their website by clicking here.