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Inspired by the increasing need to develop the tomorrow's leaders of our communities today, the Nikkei Federation is proud to present the eleventh annual Rising Star Youth Leadershp Program, to be held from October 2016 - April 2017.

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- October 29: “Teamwork” workshop
- November 5 Beach Outing
- November 19: “Speak to Persuade” workshop
- December 10: “Cultural Values” workshop
- January 7: “Assertiveness” workshop
- January 21: “Networking” workshop
- February 4: “Financial Fitness” workshop
- February 18: Group Project & College Life 101
- March 4: Final Group Project Event
- March 18: Review Session & Social Outing
- April 1: Graduation

All workshops and events are held on Saturdays. Workshops generally last from 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.



Sessions will be held at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center unless otherwise noted.

Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 San Pedro Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012


For a cost of $250, payable upon acceptance to the program, the Program will provide participants with interactive leadership workshops facilitated by professional trainers with extensive corporate and community leadership development experience. The Program fee also includes a continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks at each session.Click here to apply...

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








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.

“We understand that the future of our community lies squarely on the shoulders of our youth,” said Ann Masuda, Former Chair of the Rising Stars Program. "We’ve seen firsthand how the skills that are taught in this program have helped the participants in their academic, professional and community endeavors."


The Rising Stars program is a five month leadership development & cultural education program for high school students. The Program is designed to develop leadership skills that can be used by the students in school, in their careers and back in their communities. The students will participate in a series of fun and interactive workshops which will be held on one or two Saturdays per month throughout the Program.

Workshops include:

"Cultural Values," a workshop designed to recognize stereotype based biases that may affect the students in their education and careers and how to deal with them.

"Working in Teams," a workshop in which the students will learn about different personality styles and how best to deal with personalities that are similar to and different from their own.

"Assertiveness," a workshop exploring the advantages and disadvantages of assertive versus passive behavior in school and at work and where to draw the line between assertive and overly aggressive behavior.

"Networking," a workshop in which the students will learn the benefits of networking and will receive practical tips on how to approach and talk to people in a variety of settings.

"Speak to Persuade," a workshop which will teach practical elements of an effective presentation, including body language, eye contact, hand gestures as well as structuring the speech.

"Financial Fitness," a workshop that will teach students basic and practical financial skills

The students will practice what they learn through a group project that will be held at the end of the Program. Past Rising Stars group projects were the Japanese American Community Miniature Golf Tournament and Raffle. More information about the tournament...