Celebrate J Day!

Eat. Play. Give. on August 1, 2016

Join the international exchange community in celebrating J Day on August 1, 2016!

J Day is a nationwide celebration of the power of international exchange. International exchange participants will come together with their American hosts to "eat, play, and give" -- to share cultural diversity and American customs, to give back to their communities, and to have some fun. J Day is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) and spread the word about the power and breadth of cultural exchange. 

J Day was piloted in the summer of 2014 by three Alliance members -- CCI Greenheart, CENET: Cultural Exchange Network, and Spirit Cultural Exchange.

Building upon last year's success, this year's J Day will be not only bigger in terms of J-1 participants involved, but also open to all sponsors in all J categories (Alliance members and non-members alike). To further spread the reach of J Day, Alliance partners, host employers, as well as local citizens and officials, are also encouraged to participate in J Day.

 

How does J Day work?
 
  • All J Day events in all locations will happen on Monday, August 1.
  • Each participating sponsor picks a location where it has a significant number of exchange participants. Sponsors are encouraged to collaborate on events and include Alliance partners, host employers, local citizens and officials, etc., where suitable.
  • Participating sponsors should have their events added to the CelebrateJDay Facebook page and use this page to post pictures from J Day celebrations.
  • Everyone participating in J Day should tweet about it (prior to, during, and after the event) using the hash tags #CelebrateJDay and #eatplaygive. A list of sample tweets is available here.
  • Everyone participating in J Day will use the same tag line: "Eat. Play. Give." 
  • Everyone participating in J Day will use the same J Day branding
  • Participating sponsors are responsible for ordering and purchasing J Day t-shirts for all participants joining their events.

To obtain J Day branding and t-shirt art and to add your event to the J Day Facebook page, email Oriana Piña at opina@alliance-exchange.org.

Where are J Day events happening?
 

Below is a list of J Day events happening across the U.S. on August 1. 

To add your organization's event(s) to the list, please email Oriana Piña at opina@alliance-exchange.org and make sure to include location, time, brief description, attendees (sponsor participants only or open to other participants), and a sponsor contact person.

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Branson, MO

  • Location: Moonshine Beach (3778 MO-165, Branson, MO 65616)
  • Time: 4:30-7:30 pm 
  • Sponsor: Cultural Exchange Network (CENET) 
  • Contact person: Leslie Corn - leslie@culturalexchangenetwork.org 
  • ​J-1 participants in the Branson area are invited to celebrate J-Day at Moonshine Beach on Table Rock Lake. Attendees will enjoy games, food, and swimming; in addition, a special Culture in the Community presentation will take place for local elementary students.
  • Attendees: Open to other sponsors' participants.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts

  • Location: Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet, MA
  • Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Sponsor: Intrax and CIEE
  • Contact person: Erica Harris eharris@ciee.org; Janice Fox jfox@intraxinc.com
  • Intrax and CIEE invite all J-1  participants in the Cape Cod area to take part in an environmental service project at the Cape Cod National Seashore in Wellfleet. Participants may be cleaning up beaches or helping to maintain trails, followed by a free lunch.
  • Attendees: Open to all sponsors' participants

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Center Moriches, New York

  • Location: Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, 2 Chet Swezey Rd, Center Moriches, NY 11934
  • Time: 1:00pm-TBD
  • Sponsor: Camp America & Au Pair in America
  • Contact person: Laura Angers, langers@aifs.com and Blair Steinberg, bsteinberg@aifs.com
  •  Join AIFS' shoe drive for J-Day! AIFS is collecting gently used shoes (mainly for children) and donating them to HELP Suffolk and Community Action Southold Town (CAST), two organizations that provide assistant to the local low-income and homeless populations on Long Island. J-Day participants should bring at least one pair of gently used shoes with them to the event, where they will collect, sort, and box the shoes. Food and games will be provided afterwards.
  • Attendees: Open to all sponsors' participants

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Cordova, Alaska

  • Location: Cordova, AK 99574
  • Time: Monday, August 1st 3:00pm-5:00pm
  • Sponsor: CCI Greenheart
  • Contact person: Haldis Toppen, htoppen@ccigreenheart.org
  • Join us in a shoreline clean-up.
  • Attendees: Open to other sponsors' participants

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Custer, South Dakota

  • Location: Custer State Park
  • Time: Monday, August 1st TBD
  • Sponsor: CCI Greenheart
  • Contact person: Haldis Toppen, htoppen@ccigreenheart.org
  • Participants will have a park-related volunteer event and a BBQ on property following the volunteering.
  • Attendees: Open to other sponsors' participants

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Fairfax, Virginia

  • Location: 9537 Helenwood Drive, Fairfax, VA 22032
  • Time: Monday, August 1st 5:00am-10:00am
  • Sponsor: CCI Greenheart
  • Contact person: Haldis Toppen, htoppen@ccigreenheart.org
  • Participants will compete in friendly water games and donate food items for the Capital Area Food Bank.
  • Attendees: Open to other sponsors' participants

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Golden Valley, Minnesota

  • Location: 6325 Sandburg Rd #1700, Golden Valley, MN 55427
  • Time: Thursday, July 21, 1:30pm-4:00pm
  • Sponsor: CCI Greenheart
  • Contact person: Haldis Toppen, htoppen@ccigreenheart.org
  • Participants will volunteer at Second Harvest Heartland.
  • Attendees: CCI Greenheart participants only.

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Laguna Niguel, CA

  • Location: Laguna Niguel Regional Park in Laguna Niguel, CA
  • Time: Saturday, July 30, 2016, Time: TBD
  • Sponsor: Au Pair in America
  • Contact person: Blair Steinberg- bsteinberg@aifs.com
  • Au pair will be hosting a picnic and shoe drive at the Laguna Niguel Regional Park in Laguna Niguel. Shoes will be collected by host families and au pairs and donated to the local Goodwill.
  • Attendees: This event is open to everyone.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

  • Location: Laguna Niguel Regional Park in Laguna Niguel, CA
  • Time: Saturday, July 30, 2016, Time: TBD
  • Sponsor: Au Pair in America
  • Contact person: Blair Steinberg- bsteinberg@aifs.com
  • Au pair will be hosting a picnic and shoe drive at the Laguna Niguel Regional Park in Laguna Niguel. Shoes will be collected by host families and au pairs and donated to the local Goodwill.
  • Attendees: This event is open to everyone.

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Ocean City, Maryland

  • Location: Family Kingdom Amusement Park, 300 South Ocean Blvd. Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
  • Time: Date:TBD, 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Sponsor: CCUSA and CIEE
  • Contact person: tammyw@ccusa.com, jellis@ciee.org
  • CCUSA and CIEE will be hosting a food drive for Seacoast Vineyard Church(All Nations Cafe') in celebration of J Day. The participants will ride rides, eat, and have the opportunity to win prizes.
  • Attendees: This event is open to CCUSA and CIEE participants only (250 participants max).

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Okoboji, Iowa

  • Location: Pikes Point State Park in Okoboji at the picnic shelter
  • Time: 11:00am-2:00pm
  • Sponsor: Spirit Cultural Exchange 
  • Contact person: Tina Frank - Tfrank@spiritexchange.com  
  • Spirit will be hosting a day of food and games at the beach. The event will be Olympics Themed since J Day is only a few days before the Rio Opening Ceremonies. They will have Olympic themed games and prizes. All participants should come ready to represent their country at the Olympics! This event is free to participants and food will be provided. All participants should bring a canned food for donation as their entry fee. More details to come!
  • Attendees: Open to all J-1 participants

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San Diego, CA

  • Location: Kate Sessions Park in San Diego, CA
  • Time: Sunday July 31, 2016, Time: TBD
  • Sponsor: Au Pair in America
  • Contact person: Blair Steinberg- bsteinberg@aifs.com
  • Au pair will be hosting a picnic and shoe drive at the Kate Sessions Park. Shoes will be collected by host families and au pairs and donated to the local Goodwill.
  • Attendees: This event is open to everyone.

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Seattle, Washington

  • Location: Lincoln Park in Seattle, WA
  • Time: Sunday, July 31, 2016, TBD
  • Sponsor: Au Pair in America
  • Contact person: Blair Steinberg- bsteinberg@aifs.com
  • Au pair will be hosting a shoe dirve in celebration of J Day. Shoes will be collected on this day by au pairs and host families and donated to the local Goodwill. More details to come!
  • Attendees: This event is open to everyone.

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