Through platforming voices and turning ideas into action, we're building the community space for the next generation.
Yo! Media is the parent organization, providing a home for our various groups, initiatives, and events. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, our core mission is to establish a vibrant community space for the next generation, where we uplift diverse voices and catalyze innovative ideas into meaningful action.Visit our Channel
Yo! Magazine is our online publication that serves as a platform for thought-provoking opinion pieces. With a focus on identity and culture, our blog provides a space for emerging voices to share their perspectives on a wide range of topics.
Through a seven-day overnight experience, carefully crafted curriculum, an all-star staff, and a little bit of camp magic, Yo! Camp provides a special experience for youth in the Japanese American community by providing a safe, hands-on environment for family fun, personal discovery, and life-lasting memories.Learn More
Ambie (she/her) is a Shin-Nisei born and raised in Central California with Kansai pride. She loves anything delicious, arts and crafts, and spending time with her pets.
A yonsei/shin-nisei who discovered her appreciation and passion for the JA community during her time in college. Full-time pursuer of a career in the legal field; part-time snowboard and beach-going enthusiast based in Torrance, CA.
Justin (he/him) is a Los Angeles-based Trojan alum currently navigating grad school, adulthood (yikes), and finding ways to stay connected with cultural roots. You can often find him en route to the next best street taco stand or in Little Tokyo. (Fight On!)
Lisa Aihara is a visual artist and writer based in Los Angeles. A mom of two, Lisa draws (pun intended) inspiration from her own life, her sense of humor, playful art style, and her knack for storytelling to create an emotional connection. Find her online at www.lisaaihara.com.
Andrew Takahashi is a 30-year-old closet otaku who loves biking, eating, and playing video games. In his spare time, he works as an environmental engineer. CHEEHOOO.
Hiro Edeza received a bachelor's degree in history with minors in Asian American studies and museum studies at San Francisco State University. After graduating, Hiro moved to the countryside of Japan to teach English and connect with his extended family in Kyushu. While across the Pacific, he does his best to remain active within the Japanese American community and looks forward to returning to it soon.
Chicago yonsei turned Los Angeles nonprofit executive with a passion for building the Nikkei community nationwide. Avid advocate for social justice and mental wellness to undo systems of oppression. Mother to a senior pomchi, sourdough starter, and the occasional succulent.
Nicole (she/her) is a yonsei/gosei that is passionate about community building, hair dye, and pop culture. Based in Los Angeles, with her heart in Little Tokyo.
Taylor is an LA-based writer with essays and journalism in Teen Vogue, NBC Asian America, and more. She’s passionate about celebrating and sharing Asian American stories in all creative mediums, and is currently developing a game about the U.S. Japantowns called J-Town: A Visual Novel.
Erin is a mixed yonsei CSULB student raised in Orange County. Currently, she enjoys playing in her recently created Seishun Taiko group, serving on cabinet for Nikkei Student Union, and taking long naps.
Born and raised in Torrance, CA, a Shin-Nisei UCLA alum working in marketing in Los Angeles. Passionate in all things creative, always dreaming of illustrating Japanese and Japanese American culture through artistic representations of our stories.
Has a soft spot for community and is fascinated by culture, connection, and authentic storytelling. Marketing professional and social media enthusiast based in Los Angeles.