Kizuna announces that applications are now open for the 2013 Campus to Community counselor’s program at

This program gives high school and college students the opportunity to work directly with elementary, middle, or high school students as counselors or project leaders. Counselors may be placed at Kizuna’s Nikkei Discovery Camp, Camp Musubi, or Youth CAN. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 22.

In addition to working with youth at the various programs, the program consists of four bi-weekly sessions, called Community Building Days, during the summer (June to July) where counselors engage in interactive workshops and social gatherings to build community amongst their peers. Also, program participants attend four training sessions in April to May where they are trained to teach the curriculum, lead activities, and deal with emergency situations.

Counselors receive a stipend for each individual program they work. Youth CAN counselors receive $350, Nikkei Discovery Camp counselors receive $350 for each individual week, and Camp Musubi counselors receive $500. Note that Camp Musubi counselors attend separate training sessions and their participation in the Community Building Days is optional. Stipends and Community Building Days are available to college students only.

The Campus to Community counselor’s program is one of several initiatives hosted by Kizuna and various other partner organizations in the Nikkei community that seek to build a pipeline of young Japanese American leaders. Together, these programs offer a wide variety of learning experiences and ensure commitment from the next generation of youth.

For more information, visit the program webpage or contact Paul Matsushima at (213) 973-4465 or

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