Yuriko Saito, Japan

Yuriko Saito

Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Spring 2017

Yuriko’s Story

Originally from Shizuoka, Yuriko is majoring in Comparative Culture at Tsukuba University

Yuriko has always seen the value and the beauty of connecting people. She believes that the key to happiness and true fulfillment is having a society that supports and cares for one another. Growing up in a family raised by a single mother, Yuriko faced multiple challenges in her childhood and needed to rely on people in her community. The help and comfort her community provided made a lasting impact on Yuriko, which fueled her desire to want to pursue a career that focused on being a bond that brings people together. Due to her personal experiences, another aspect of social issue that Yuriko is very interested in is providing support for low income families.

Yuriko is currently engaging herself in activities that will allow her to meet and connect with more people. She has volunteered and provided relief at disaster afflicted areas of the East Japan earthquake, travelled to the US for an internship, and tutored international students in her hometown. Yuriko hopes these experiences will also help her in discovering her own values and strengthen her self-confidence.

Through the TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Yuriko wants to learn how to be a better communicator, have the opportunity to have reflection and grow as a person.