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.


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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.


Sakura Foundation gratefully acknowledges Simpson United Methodist Church/Nisei Veterans Heritage Foundation and Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple/Nisei Veterans Heritage Foundation for their generous grant support of the Mirai Generations Leadership Program.


Visit our alumni page to learn about the Inaugural Class of 2017.

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  • 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.
  • Applicants do not need to be of Japanese descent to apply to the program.


Please check back in November 2018 to apply for the Class of 2019.

Applications will be reviewed by a Committee Panel, who will select candidates to be interviewed in January.  The interview provides the opportunity for the candidate to discuss the application in detail and express his/her personal commitment to the JA community and its future.  Following the interview process, successful candidates will be notified via email of their acceptance in early February.

The tuition fee for the Mirai Generations Leadership Program will be $250 per participant.  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.

Applicants must be available to attend the Meet and Greet evening, kick off retreat weekend, all MGLP learning sessions, graduation celebration and participate in the Community Impact Group Project and Presentation.  All dates are specified in the application.


Applicants will be required to email the following items with their applications:

  • Resume or CV, including employment and education history
  • One Letter of Recommendation from a member of the JA community

Please email questions to info@sakurafoundation.org.