JACL PSW and Camp Musubi is excited to announce that Amy Watanabe has joined our family! She will be working closely with Camp Director, Tony Osumi, to run this year’s Camp Musubi. Camp Musubi is our one week middle school summer program that uses fun activities to teach young people about Japanese American heritage. The goal of the camp is spark interest in Japanese American culture and community through hands-on experiences and interactions with community leaders.
Left to Right: Amy Watanabe -Camp Musubi Administrative Staff, Marissa Kitazawa – JACL PSW Associate Regional Director and Stephanie Otani-Sunamoto – Daniel Inouye Fellow exploring Washington DC before the JACL/OCA Leadership Summit.
Amy Watanabe is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.A. in Communication Studies and Asian American Studies minor. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she has been actively involved in her community, including the Venice Japanese Community Center. While at UCLA she held several leadership positions with the UCLA Nikkei Student Union. She is currently the President of the Venice Culver chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). As a Yonsei (fourth generation Japanese American), Watanabe feels it is important to educate and engage the youth through cultural heritage, leadership development and community involvement and is excited to be a part of the Camp Musubi program.
Marissa Kitazawa, JACL PSW Associate Regional Director/Program Director stated: “I am very excited to have Amy on board. Her passion, enthusiasm and leadership will most definitely contribute to another successful year, especially since it is a milestone for Camp Musubi as it marks it’s 10th year anniversary!”