It was like the Avengers coming together. We brought together an all-star staff, highly experienced in youth development, summer programming, and dedicated to building the best camp program ever.
Thank you to our incredible staff that made our 2022 program such a success. Looking forward to seeing you at next year’s program!
Has a master of arts in teaching, and written curriculum for schools, camps, and non-profit programs. She has helped run summer camps for youth for the past 10 years.
20 years of experience working with thousands of Japanese American youth. Founder of Kizuna. Past SoCal Regional Director of JACL. Taiko instructor at Orange County Buddhist Church.
Inspired by 11 years of camp counseling and directing at youth summer camps and church camps, became a middle school math teacher for the last four years.
Has over 8 years of youth development experience within the Japanese American Community serving as a camp counselor and youth basketball coach.
Served in a variety of chair and president positions for youth-serving organizations. Completed a dual masters in Community Health Sciences and Asian American studies at UCLA.
8+ years of youth development experience across the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Stephanie has over 15 years of experience working with Japanese American youth nationally and locally in the Chicagoland and greater Los Angeles regions. She served as the Pacific Southwest Regional Director, then Interim Executive Director of JACL, and Executive Director of Kizuna.
Is an elementary school teacher with 10 years of experience as a youth camp counselor and director. In 2017, she was crowned Miss Tomodachi and served as a cultural ambassador on the Nisei Week Court.
Scott Shima has been involved with Japanese American summer camps since he was 18 years old in various capacities. He is now 30 and looks forward to bringing his life of experience to Yo! Camp this summer. See ya at camp!
Ryan comes from 8+ years of youth development experience within the Japanese American Community. Like many, he started as a cabin counselor and ultimately worked his way up to serving as a summer camp director for multiple summer camps.
2nd Year, Cal Poly SLO
2nd year, UCSD
3rd year, UCLA
3rd year, UCLA