Young people learned about opportunities for community involvement at the Nikkei Youth Programs Showcase, held on Dec. 1 at Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo.

Representatives from Tanoshii Fun Camp, Camp Musubi, Youth CAN, Rising Stars, Bridging Communities, and Nikkei Community Internship — all members of the Nikkei Youth Collaborative — spoke with prospective participants during the family-friendly event.

Above and right: Mickie Okamoto, board chair of Kizuna, and Mark Hara of Kizuna explain about their organization’s Youth CAN summer program for high school students.

Below: At Kizuna’s Nikkei Discovery Camp table, Monica Sakata provides hands-on activities for kids.

Black-and-white photos courtesy of Kizuna

Color photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo

Kathy Masaoka of Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (left) with Rena Ogino, a participant in Bridging Communities, a program created by NCRR, JACL and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Bill Shishima at the Little Tokyo Historical Society table. He is a docent at the Japanese American National Museum.
Russell Park and Michelle Kaito of UCLA’s Nikkei Student Union.
Amy Phillips of Little Tokyo Service Center with Assemblymember-elect Al Muratsuchi, his wife Hiroko and their daughter Sophia. Muratsuchi, a former Pacific Southwest JACL regional director, took office on Dec. 3.

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