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Host Families Sought for Japanese Youth Exchange


The Alaska 4-H youth program is seeking host families in the Anchorage, Kenai or Mat-Su areas for Japanese 
teens participating in a summer exchange.

The Japanese youths are coming to Alaska July 21 to Aug. 19 through an exchange program that is affiliated 
with 4-H. Each host family must have a child between the ages of 10 to 16 who is willing to be the host 
brother or sister. The family will be matched with a Japanese youth of the same gender and similar age and 
interests as the hosting youth.

It is not necessary to be a 4-H member to participate. All Alaska youths who host will automatically become 
4-H members and will be eligible for 4-H activities. Youths in host families receive first priority and a 
discount for participation in the reciprocal exchange program to Japan, which has been ongoing for 40 years.

For details about hosting, contact your local 4-H office or Tony Nakazawaat atnakazawa@alaska.edu or 
907-460-0825 or Marianne Kerr at mlkerr@alaska.edu. Exchange information is also available 
at www.uaf.edu/ces/4h/exchange.
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