JACL Youth Legacy Program

What is the JACL Youth Legacy Program?

The JACL Youth Legacy Program connects Asian Pacific Islander youth with the legacy of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II, and draws parallels to the hysteria that targeted Muslim Americans following 9-11.  The program aims to address the search for personal identity experienced by many young Asian Pacific Islanders who seek greater affirmation and understanding about their collective history. The program aims to foster within the next generation the importance of historical preservation and serving as conservation stewards by connecting them to the Manzanar Concentration Camp, a National Park Service historic site that has significance to Asian Americans.

Barracks at Manzanar Concentration Camp.

When will the program take place? 

August 15 to 18, 2018.

Who can participate?

The program is open to Asian Pacific Islander youth between the ages of 18-25. Participants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Where is the program held?

Participants will individually travel to Los Angeles for a three-night, four day period. The program will be based in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles.  An orientation and workshop sessions will be conducted, and there will be at a day trip to the Manzanar Concentration Camp site near Lone Pine in California.

The Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

How will the participants get to Los Angeles and where will they stay?

Each participant will make their own flight reservations to arrive on August 15.  Participants must book economy fares as far in advance as possible to get the lowest fares. Lodging will be in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.  Each participant will be paired with a roommate.  Participants should plan to arrive before the program begins at 12 p.m. on August 15.  It takes about an hour from Los Angeles International Airport to the Little Tokyo area.

How much will it cost?

The airfare, meals, and lodging are covered through a grant from the National Park Service. The grant also covers ground transportation from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Little Tokyo and from Little Tokyo to LAX.   Receipts from participants must be provided for reimbursements to be made.

As of July 6, the application period is now closed.

YLP Coordinator is Diane Matsuda, who can be reached at dmatsuda@jacl.org.

The JACL Youth Legacy Program is sponsored by the U.S. National Park Service.

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