Nakayoshi is a group of young professionals, recent college grads, and in general any young adults in the San Francisco Bay Area looking to get involved or reconnected with the Japanese American and Asian Pacific American community.
Focused on providing our members with both social and volunteer opportunities, we hold regularly scheduled planning meetings open to anyone once a month, to ensure that we provide our members with consistent programming. We’re always making sure we bring you the latest community events and opportunities to network, socialize or give back.
Membership is free and open to everyone, even if you’re not Japanese. We understand that your life is crazy and time is precious. Focused on catering to the lifestyle of a young professional, Nakayoshi allows you to choose your own level of involvement and gives you the opportunity to voice what types of events or issues you’re interested in.
Nakayoshi Young Professionals is an organization of young adults from all backgrounds whose purpose is to promote involvement in the Japanese American and Asian Pacific Islander Communities in the Bay Area, to address social justice issues, and to engage in social activities, career development and philanthropy.
- brings people together to address social justice issues through volunteerism and grassroots mobilization
- gives people the opportunity to apply their skills to real world challenges, and to also learn new skills
- furnishes people with a network through which they can receive career support, publicize relevant causes and to meet new friends
- grants people the means to enact change in a society that needs their help
In its vision and its goals, Nakayoshi draws inspiration from the legacy of its sponsor, the Japanese American Citizens League (the nation’s oldest APA educational and civil rights organization). While maintaining the JACL’s commitment to APA empowerment, Nakayoshi blazes its own trail, moving forward with fresh ideas, innovative techniques, and a wide range of faces.
Japanese American Citizens League
Founded in 1929, the JACL is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States. The JACL monitors and responds to issues that enhance or threaten the civil and human rights of all Americans and implements strategies to affect positive social change, particularly to the Asian Pacific American community.
The JACL is a national organization whose ongoing mission is to secure and maintain the civil rights of Japanese Americans and all others who are victimized by injustice and bigotry. The leaders and members of the JACL also work to promote cultural, educational and social values and preserve the heritage and legacy of the Japanese American community.
Visit the National JACL Website.