The Yoshiyama Award for Exemplary Service to the Community—launched in 1988 thanks to a generous gift from Hirokichi Yoshiyama upon his retirement as Hitachi, Ltd. Chairman—has honored more than 200 high school seniors for their community service and broader social change efforts. The program's twenty-one year history proved to us that young people are remarkably creative and capable of initiating sustainable change.
The Foundation's 2009-2013 strategic plan created an opportunity to move beyond honoring young people for the changes they have made and, instead, invest directly in the changes they are making, now and into the future. The new design, The Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program, remains rooted in the values, spirit and tradition of our original Yoshiyama Award—a vision to inspire young people to contribute to a better and more equitable and just society. The Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program replaced the Yoshiyama Award for Exemplary Service to the Community effective January 1, 2010.
Learn more about past recipients of the Yoshiyama Award for Exemplary Service to the Community: