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A six month leadership development program
for high school students designed to train leaders and to inspire youth involvement in the Japanese American community.

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Application for our 2016-2017 program is now available.

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Applicants must be currently enrolled in high school during the 2016-2017 school year. Enrollment will be limited to a maximum of 25 students.


Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program

The Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program is presented by the Nikkei Federation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and is made possible by the contributions of community members and organizations. To learn more about sponsoring a Rising Stars program and helping to invest in the future leaders of our community, please contact us.

For more information contact:
Nikkei Federation
Rising Stars Program
P.O. Box 4235
Covina, CA 91723
Phone: (213) 254-5722
Fax: (626) 396-9862








The development of youth leadership is a common need expressed by almost every community organization. To address this need, the Nikkei Federation Youth Development Programs team developed the Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program. Learn more


"Before Rising Stars, I thought I knew anything and everything there was to know about leadership. But after attending workshops...I can honestly and humbly say ‘What was I thinking?' I realized that I had plenty to learn...."
- Kendall,RS

"The speakers we had taught us practical skills as well as a better understanding of our culture. I especially gained from the sessions about how to work in groups and the importance of networking. I’ve already implemented the networking skills which really helped me with a school project!”
- Nicole, RS graduate


The Risings Stars Youth Leadership Program presents a series of fun and interactive workshops on topics such as:

- Cultural Values
- Working in Teams
- Networking
- Powerful and Persuasive Presentation
- Being Assertiveness
- Financial Fitness

Participants will have an opportunity to apply their skills by completing a group project. Past Rising Stars group projects were the Japanese American Community Miniature Golf Tournament and Raffle. Learn more


The Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program will be held on one or two Saturdays per month from October 20145 through March 2016. Learn more


The Rising Stars Youth Leaderhip Program is held at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. More information