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Tuesday, September 1, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CST



Topics for Discussion

  • 2020-2021 Elections

  • Chapter Status Updates

  • Virtual JETogethers in 2020

  • Survival Series 2020 Expansion

  • And more!

In order to avoid a two week delay, the JETAA Chicago September Open Board Meeting will be held tonight. If you would like to join the conversation regarding chapter activities and upcoming opportunities to be involved, please sign-up here!

One of the ongoing projects that the leadership board has been working on for years is a full overhaul of our chapter’s bylaws. As we are nearing the end of this process, due in large part to the efforts of our current Treasurer, one of the major issues we have decided to address is the timeline for our chapter’s elections.

Our elections have historically been held at an awkward time of year. Situated a month before our Career Development Workshop and only a few months before the annual Shinnenkai (our chapter’s single largest undertaking), the timeline has led to issues with continuity in planning for the officers transitioning on and off the board.

After several discussions over the last few months, as a part of the bylaw update, we have decided to move elections to March of 2021. From that point forward, the elections for our chapter will be held every March, with that month being used as a transition period for the new officers to learn from the officers stepping down.

We will be discussing the change and the reasoning behind it in more detail at the upcoming board meeting. If you have any questions, please join us tonight! You can also contact the board directly by emailing info@jetaachicago.com.

Mark your calendars! Tune in next Tuesday, August 25th...

In solidarity and to support the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, we have invited Chicago native and fellow JET alumni, Deontae "Deuce" Griggs to share his experiences and views as one of the key organizers for the first BLM march in Japan.

Our discussion will explore the parallels between the BLM movement in Japan and the USA, how Deuce's JET Program experiences helped him develop his leadership abilities, and what we can do to help maintain the momentum of BLM as we work together in solidarity towards achieving racial justice and equity.

RSVP via Guestlist is required.

For more information and to join the conversation: https://guestlist.co/events/660342


About Deontae "Deuce" Griggs:

Chicago Westside’s very own Deontae “Deuce” Griggs (pronouns: he/him) finds himself showcasing Japan’s Kansai region on a global scale in his current position as a social media manager and project manager for the Kansai Tourism Bureau in Osaka, Japan. As the youngest employee in his office and the only person not of Japanese ancestry, he acts as an ambassador for American values, trends in social media and differing cultural values.

A graduate of both Lane Tech College Prep and the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point with a degree in International Relations/ East Asian Studies with the Chancellor’s Leadership Award, Deuce took a gap year to learn more about child development by working directly with low-income elementary students in St. Paul, Minnesota. With his background, he was successfully admitted into the JET Program as an ALT in Hyogo Prefecture from 2014-2017. During his tenure on JET, he was a very vocal and active member of both the JET and local community. Coordinating events, presenting at official Hyogo JET seminars, and joining CLAIR sponsored think tanks to improve local revitalization efforts known as JET Programme for Regional Internationalization (JET地域国際化塾) are just a few highlights of his JET career.

At the Kansai Tourism Bureau, Deuce is primarily responsible for showcasing the region via social media with stunning visuals and inspiring captions as an influencer and marketer. Currently, he is the Project Manager for the Kansai Connection Leaders program, an initiative aimed at connecting the local foreign community to government and local business entities in Kansai in order to make the region more accessible to people who are interested in visiting.

In his free time, Deuce enjoys traveling for work and pleasure as well as cooking. Generally considered “one of the cool kids” and  as an active member of the community, he speaks to issues that he is vested in. Most recently he presented his personal narrative on the TEDx Ritsumeikan stage and is one of the Black Lives Matters KANSAI organizers which performed a peaceful march in Osaka Japan in as well as advises other Black Lives Matters Chapters in Japan.

Watch and listen to Deuce's inspirational and informational TEDx RitsumeikanU:

Join us for our fourth iteration of JETAA Chicago trivia, Avatar: The Last Airbender!  Practice your bending techniques and prepare to defend your nation, as we go head-to-head in our next themed trivia night!


Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

7:00 - 9:00 PM CST


Are you a strong-willed Earth Kingdom soldier, merciless Firebender, fun-loving Air nomad, or fearless Water Tribe warrior?  Come prepared to fight for your team as the four nations of the Avatar world prove their trivia prowess!

All trivia questions will be drawn from the TV series, not taking any information from the movie (what movie?) or the comic book universe.  We are limiting the number of competitors, so only the first 20 RSVPs for the Trivia Participant ticket will be able to officially compete.  If you would like to attend, but would not like to participate in trivia, you can also sign up as a spectator.

SIGN UP HERE (spectators and participants)

So grab some fire flakes and hot leaf juice to prepare for our Avatar: The Last Airbender trivia night.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Introductions will start promptly at 7pm CST, with an aim for the trivia to start at 7:20pm. If you are not on the call by 7:20pm, we may give your spot to another alumni. The event should wrap up around 9:00pm.

* This event is for JET alumni only. If an alumni is social distancing with a Friend/Family of JET (FOJ), they are welcome to join on their screen with them.

Questions? Contact us at info@jetaachicago.com


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