Thursday, April 23, 2009

JACL Collegiate Leadership Program Applications Accepted Until May 15

CONTACT: Bill Yoshino, Midwest Regional Director

JACL Announces Collegiate Leadership Program

The JACL is now accepting applications for its new JACL Collegiate Washington, D.C.
Leadership Conference to be held on June 19-22, 2009. The program, which is patterned after the JACL/OCA Washington, DC Leadership Conference, is limited to Asian American college
students who are in their freshman, sophomore or junior year in school.

The three-day program is designed to give Asian American student leaders an inside glimpse of
national policy-making arena in Washington, DC. The conference is structured to provide a broad overview of the decision-making process at the federal level including meetings with key policymakers, agency officials and advocacy organizations.

“The intent of the program is to provide student leaders with information, training and networking opportunities,” said Bill Yoshino, JACL’s Midwest Director who is coordinating the program.

“We hope this program provides the participants with additional motivation to be active and
involved at their campus and in their communities,” Yoshino added.

The conference is being funded through a grant from the UPS Foundation, which will cover
airfare, lodging and meals for 12 participants who will be selected through an application process.

Applicants must be full-time Asian Pacific American undergraduate freshman, sophomore or
junior class students attending an accredited college or university.

The deadline for applications is May 15, 2009. For information, contact Bill Yoshino at
773.728.7170 or


The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), established in 1929, is the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization. To learn more about the JACL or to join, please visit