Youth Summer Opportunities! Get involved!

The Japanese American Citizens League, Pacific Southwest District has many opportunities for youth of all ages to get involved! There is something to do for everyone to do this summer! If you are a middle school student, check out CAMP MUSUBI, a fun week long summer camp where you can learn about the Japanese American culture and community! High schoolers join us this year at PROJECT: COMMUNITY! to engage in interactive workshops that focus on developing leadership skills, identity, the importance of Little Tokyo, grassroots organizing, and the importance of preservation in the Little Tokyo community. College students we’ve got a couple of PAID internship opportunities! Check out the descriptions below and visit our website for more information!


Camp Musubi
When: August 15-August 19

Camp Musubi is a weeklong day camp that uses fun activities to teach young people about Japanese American heritage. Camp Musubi takes place around Nisei Week, usually in mid-August. The goal of the camp is to spark interest in the Japanese American culture and community through hands-on experiences and interactions with people in the community. Participants will learn from a variety of cultural and community “experts” and do group activities with a college-aged leader.

This year, Camp Musubi has decided to do something it has never done before: an extended day trip to Manzanar National Historical Site. Participants will actively learn about the Japanese American WWII experience. Camp Musubi feels its important to expose the youth to this important chapter in American history. Please join us as Camp Musubi goes to Camp.

If you register before May 16, 2011 you are eligible for our early bird special and you can save $25! Registration is due August 1, 2011. For More Information visit: or contact Marissa Kitazawa,


Project: Community!
When: June 22 – August 24

2011 Project: Community! is a 10 week high school summer program, every Wednesday, meant to develop and empower the voices of youth in Little Tokyo. Through a series of interactive sessions participants will gain an understanding of identity and community as well as the importance of preservation in the Japanese American community. Each session will gather facilitators and speakers from various parts of the community to conduct interactive workshops focused on topics ranging from identity, to the power of place, to grassroots organizing on a youth level.

Applications are due: May 20, 2011. For more information Please visit our website or contact: Marissa Kitazawa, Applications can be found online or by request.


Camp Musubi Counselors
When: August 15-19, 2011
Pay: $500 Educational Stipend

Camp Musubi is a week long day camp that teaches middle school students about Japanese American heritage. This year we plan to do something a little bit different – an extended day trip to Manzanar. We are looking for 5 college-aged interns to help facilitate workshops, discuss and interact with the kids and help with the camp’s general operations. The intern would also attend the Manzanar trip (August 17). For more information please visit our website ,

Requirement: Must be of College-age (you can be a recent grad), must attend the mandatory training on July 31, 2011 and must be willing to submit to a background check if approved by the selection committee. Applications are due May 16, 2011. For more information please visit the website or contact Marissa Kitazawa, Applications can also be found online or by request.

Passing the Legacy Down Summer Internship
When: May-August, 2011 (~20 hours/week or as needed)
Pay: $1000-$2000 depending on availability

Under the supervision of the JACL Program Associate, Education and Interpretations Programs, the Passing the Legacy Down Summer Intern will assist in the administration of the National Park Service grant that funds JACL’s Bridging Communities program. Additionally, the intern will assist the Program Associate to create a film of the footage tracing the Bridging Communities participants in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle as they visit Manzanar National Historic Site, Tule Lake National Monument, Minidoka Internment National Monument respectively. The intern will attend the Minidoka pilgrimage (June 29-July 3). For more information please email Alexandra Margolin, Applications are available upon request.