Japanese American Youths (JAYS) Kickoff

The summit kicked off on-campus with an in-depth introduction to the JACL and Japanese American history from local leader JACL leader Rick Okabe. This introduction was crucial for the summit as many attendees, some still in high school, had not previously been engaged with their racial identities before. Following the talk and discussion, participants moved to Olympus Hills Bowling Alley for dinner, bowling, and other activities.

A complete recap from summit-organizer and IDC Youth Representative Eric Tokita is forthcoming (he needs to get through finals first). As suggested by its title, this summit is the first in a series of social and educational events in IDC that Eric Tokita plans to organize in hopes of establishing a more robust district-level IDC youth group.