About Us

Nakayoshi is a community development organization for adults and recent college graduates. It’s a wide group, but what brings us together is a desire to be involved in the Japanese American and Asian Pacific American communities–all while having fun at the same time!

You don’t need to be Japanese to join – everyone is welcome!

Nakayoshi’s membership is free and open to everyone.  It’s also focused on catering to different lifestyles as you are free to choose your level of involvement.

While Nakayoshi provides both social and volunteer opportunities, we also hold regularly scheduled planning meetings open to anyone once a month. These meetings ensure that Nakayoshi provides its members with consistent programming. We’re always making sure to bring you the latest community events and opportunities to network, socialize and give back.


  • To bring people together to address social justice issues through volunteerism and grassroots mobilization
  • To give people the opportunity to learn new skills and apply themselves in real world challenges
  • To furnish people with a network to  receive career support, publicize relevant causes and to meet new friends
  • To grant 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 (JACL). While maintaining the JACL’s commitment to APA empowerment, Nakayoshi blazes its own trail, moving forward with fresh ideas and innovative techniques.

Japanese American Citizens League

Founded in 1929, the Japanese American Citizens League (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.