Mirai Generations Leadership Program

APPLICATIONS FOR THE CLASS OF 2019 ARE NOW OPEN! DEADLINE TO APPLY IS JANUARY 10, 2019

未来

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.

MGLP ALUMNI

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

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PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • To identify and nurture young professionals to engage in/enhance their current involvement in the Japanese American (JA) 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 impart leadership skills, enhance personal and professional growth and build awareness of global leadership opportunities
  • To create life-long friendships and meaningful connections with alumni, mentors, peers and leaders in the JA community.
  • To build an active alumni group that learns from each other and enriches the content and experience of the program
  • 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 J/JA community.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

  • Demonstration of a strong potential for participation and leadership in the Japanese American (JA) community.
  • Age range of 25 to 35 (exceptions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis).
  • Commitment to attend and participate in all scheduled meetings and activities of the program.
  • Commitment to actively participate in the JA community.
  • Applicants do not need to be of Japanese descent to apply to the program.

APPLICATION PROCESS

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN FOR THE CLASS OF 2019 – DEADLINE TO APPLY IS JANUARY 10, 2019.

Applications will be reviewed by a Committee Panel, who will select candidates to be interviewed in January/February.  The interview provides the opportunity for the candidates to express their reasons for wanting to be in the program, learn leadership skills and participate in the JA community.  Following the interview process, candidates will be notified via email of their acceptance in early February.

The tuition for the Mirai Generations Leadership Program is $250 per participant.  Financial aid and/or scholarships may be available on a case-by-case basis once the selection process is completed.  Lack of funds should not prevent a candidate from applying to the program.  Participants are responsible for their own travel to the retreat, learning sessions and meetings, which will all take place in Metro Denver.  All materials, food and lodging costs are covered by the program.

Applicants must be available to attend the Meet and Greet evening, Kick Off Weekend Retreat, all MGLP learning sessions, participate in the Community Connection meet-ups and graduation celebration and individual presentations.  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

 

Please email questions to MGLP@sakurafoundation.org.