Mirai Generations Leadership Program


Mirai = “Future”

The Mirai Generations Leadership Program (MGLP) encourages participants to CONNECT, INSPIRE, and ACT within the Japanese American community. It provides the opportunity for engagement with leaders to serve the JA community. Participants will create the framework to become meaningful contributors and mentors to the JA community and ensure its growth into the future.


Vision of the Program

The Mirai Generations Leadership Program will nurture, connect and support emerging leaders who are passionate about and dedicated to the Japanese American community and its culture. This program will support these leaders in various roles to grow and sustain our community and showcase the JA culture. It is our hope that these participants will later serve as mentors to ensure that our JA culture and community thrives into the future.


  • To identify and nurture young adults (ages 25-35) to engage in or enhance their current involvement in the Japanese American community for the mutual benefit of their personal satisfaction and the sustained growth of the JA community.
  • To increase self-awareness and cultural awareness of the participants. To build an alumni group that will participate in the MGLP sessions going forward, enrich its content and relevance and identify future MGLP candidates.
  • To create groups of graduates who will flourish on a global scale and look at life from a global perspective.
  • To empower young adults to share their ideas, enthusiasm and time with the JA community.
  • To sustain the program into the future in order to continually grow the leadership base for the JA community.


  • Demonstration of a strong potential for participation and leadership in the Japanese American community.
  • Age range of 25 to 35 (exceptions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis).
  • Commitment to attend all MGLP sessions and complete and present the group project.
  • Commitment to actively participate in the JA community.


The application process begins in November 2016. The deadline for submitting the application is January 6, 2017. Applications will be reviewed by a Committee Panel, who will select candidates to be interviewed in the evening on either January 24 and 26, 2017. The interview provides the opportunity for the candidate to express his/her personal commitment to the JA community and its future. Following the interview process, successful candidates will be invited to attend the kick off retreat in Estes Park, CO, facilitated by Craig Ishii of Kizuna LA.

The $250 tuition fee for the inaugural class of the 2017 Mirai Generations Leadership Program will be waived. Going forward, financial aid and/or scholarships may be available on a case-by-case basis once the selection process is completed. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses to all sessions including the kick off retreat. All retreat materials, food and lodging costs are covered by the program.


2017 Retreat and Session Schedule:

  • Kick off weekend retreat in Estes Park, CO: February 24 (pm) – 26, 2017
  • Leadership learning session #1 on March 10, 2017 at 6:30pm
  • Leadership learning session #2 on April 26, 2017 at 6:30pm
  • Leadership learning session #3 on May 3, 2017 at 6:30pm
  • Graduation celebration dinner and group project presentations: August 2017

Applicants must email the following items to MGLP@sakurafoundation.org no later than January 6, 2017:

  • Completed application, including answers to essay questions
  • Resume or CV, including employment and education history
  • One Letter of Recommendation from a participant in the JA community

Please email questions to mglp@sakurafoundation.org.