Reception Celebrating LA Mayor’s Young Ambassadors & My Global LA

On October 12, Saturday, Consul General and Mrs. Muto hosted an afternoon reception in conjunction with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of International Affairs, celebrating the LA Mayor’s Young Ambassadors & My Global LA programs, which connect local students with the world.

The event celebrated the scheduled October 24 kickoff of the My Global LA program, a partnership between Los Angeles Unified School District schools and regional consulates general.  During the program, Los Angeles Community College District students who participated in the Young Ambassadors program to Japan shared reflections on their visit.

Guests delivering remarks included Los Angeles Deputy Mayor for Economic Opportunity Brenda Shockley, Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education Member Monica Garcia, and Associate Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District Hilda Maldonado.  Also in attendance were administrators and teachers of participating schools, consuls general and their representatives involved in the program – including from Ireland, Ecuador, Armenia, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, France, and Germany – and the Mayor’s Young Ambassadors. 

Deputy Mayor Shockley presented a certificate on behalf of Mayor Garcetti to Consul General Muto welcoming him to Los Angeles, and thanked him and Mrs. Muto for hosting the event.  She also noted the Japanese consulate has been a tremendous partner to the Mayor’s Office in providing international opportunities and education to young Angelenos, and expressed Mayor’s wish to continue growing the collaboration under Consul General Muto’s leadership.

Boardmember Garcia also presented brief remarks and a certificate to Consul General Muto, where she emphasized the importance of district students having opportunities for international exchanges and expressed her commitment to continue supporting these initiatives.  Associate Superintendent Maldonado followed with remarks mentioning LAUSD’s interest in exploring the development of a Japanese track for the district’s Dual Language Program.