Youth and Leadership

KASE Nikkei Community Scholarship

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (the Center/JCCCNC) is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the Kase Nikkei Community Scholarship Program(Kase Program). The Kase Program will offer students the opportunity to support their education financially and the Japanese American community while interning at the Center. It will also allow participants to increase their understanding of contemporary issues affecting San Francisco’s Japantown and provide valuable hands-on work and professional training.

Up to five (5) participants will be selected to participate and receive a$5,000 educational scholarship for their successful completion of the Kase Program. Coordinated by the JCCCNC, the goal of the program is to support the development of the next generation of community leaders. (additional information below and attached)

During theeleven-week Kase Program (June 11-August 24), participants will gain skills in project management, public speaking, event planning, budgeting, computer applications, PR/marketing, and other skills and personal development activities that will enhance their resumes. Interns will work closely with the Center staff on unique individual/group projects designed to empower them with new tools, confidence and experiences to support their future career goals.

During the Kase Program, participants will take part in the eight-week Nikkei Community Internship (NCI) Program. One day each week participants will meet and work with other Nikkei students to learn about community service, volunteerism, and cultural and community preservation. They will also visit Japanese American organizations and community leaders in order to expand their personal knowledge of services, resources, opportunities, and issues we are currently facing.

Students will be selected based on their application, letter of recommendation and interview.

Important information about the Kase Nikkei Youth Scholarship Program:

1.    The 2018 Kase Program is an eleven-week commitment that will provide valuable leadership development, non-profit work experience, and community organizing experience, as well as skills related to the individual’s career interest. Participants must be available full-time (and some weekends) for the Program from June 11-August 24, 2018. (If you are interested in participating but will still be in school, please note that on your application)

2.    To be eligible for the 2018 Program, the applicant must be continuing college during the fall of 2018 or recently graduated from college and be 18 or older at the start of the program (birth date on or before June 11, 2000).

3.    Applications are DUE on Sunday, May 6, 2018.

The Kase Program application process is a two-step process. After the initial applications are submitted, qualified applicants will be invited to a personal interview and participants will be selected by May 18.

Please submit application and letter of recommendation by May 6, 2018 to:

Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)

Attn: Kase Scholarship

1840 Sutter Street

San Francisco, CA 94115

Applications can be faxed to (415) 567-4222 or emailed tolmatoba@jcccnc.org to meet the May 6 deadline but the original application and letter of recommendation need to be received by May 9, to be considered for the program.

For more information or an application, visit www.jcccnc.org (to download  OverviewApplicationBrochure) or contact Lori Matoba at (415) 567-5505 or email lmatoba@jcccnc.org

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