The Youth Ambassadors Program debuted in 2008 to help educate Washington’s youth about the cherry trees in their community. At Washington, DC’s public and charter schools, 3rd – 5th grade students learn about the history of the trees, Japanese culture, and the importance of the trees’ care and maintenance.
The program currently incorporates a school tree planting, in-class presentation, assembly with a Japanese performing artist, and a field trip to the Tidal Basin. For the assembly portion of the program, the Festival partners with Class Acts Arts to bring Japanese performer Shizumi Shigeto Manale to a select number of DC public and charter schools.
More than 400 students have participated in aspects of the Festival’s youth education programs from the following schools:
- Achievement Preparatory Academy
- E.W. Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School
- Emery Elementary School
- Imagine Southeast Public
- Strong John Thomson Elementary
- Hendley Elementary School
- H.D. Cooke Elementary School
Sally Foss & James Scott Hill Foundation