About Yo!

Through platforming voices and turning ideas into action, we're building the community space for the next generation.

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Our Platforms & Programs

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.

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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.

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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.

Yo! Accelerator selects an annual class of projects and provides our services, training, and support through an two-year program cycle with additional support and fiscal sponsorship beyond.

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Yo! Records is dedicated to showcasing local talent and fostering community connections through the promotion of emerging artists.

Content Committee

Ambie Yamaji

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.

Andrew Takahashi

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.

Halle Fukawa

Halle is a second-year undergraduate student at UC Berkeley who's just Trying Her Best. She loves talking, tarot cards, taiko, and other things that don't start with a "t."

Hiro Edeza

Hiro Edeza, a history graduate with minors in Asian American and museum studies from San Francisco State University, now teaches English in rural Japan while staying involved in the Japanese-American community, with plans to return soon.

Justin Kawaguchi

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!)

Kayla Tanaka

A yonsei/shin-nisei who discovered her appreciation and passion for the JA community during her time in college. Full-time corporate girl; part-time snowboarding/hula dancing/beach-going enthusiast based in Torrance, CA.

Lisa Aihara

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.

Mackenzie Walker

Maker, Baker, Plant Propagator. Washington state raised Yonsei based in DC.

Michelle Hirano

Born and raised in Gardena, CA, Michelle has a passion for education, food, social deduction games, and dogs.

Nicole Oshima

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.

Nicole Sato

Shin-Nisei born and raised in Torrance, trying to find the perfect medium of being Japanese and JA. Constantly on the quest for the best boba and french fries.

Stephanie Nitahara

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.

Marketing Committee

Alissa Okada

Alissa Okada (she/her) is a Shin-Nisei UCLA alum, born and raised in LA. She loves crocheting, taking pictures of clouds/sunsets, and collecting cute figures (i.e. Sonny Angels and Smiskis).

Charlene Tonai Din

Fourth-gen Japanese and Chinese American from Oakland, CA. Fourth-year environmental science major and co-prez of Nikkei Student Union at UCLA. Loves community-building, design, activist-art, food, and cats.

Craig Ishii

Origin story at Orange County Buddhist Church. Founder of Kizuna. Cultural enthusiast. Interested in exploring the ins and outs of our community so we can discover our past and pave our future.

Malia Nagashiki

Malia is a Japanese-Chinese American and current undergrad at UC Berkeley. She is a lover of dogs, boba, music, sanrio, reading, and all things related to design!

Marlee Goto

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.

Megan Nagasaki

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.

Sarah Ando

Born and raised in OC, a proud Sansei who's an art teacher and freelance graphic designer fueling their creativity through culture and community! A proud UCSD NSU Alumni and can be found helping out at OCBC on the weekends!

Umiri Kimura

A proud UCLA NSU Alumni. Born in Japan and raised in Torrance, Umiri grew up being exposed to both Japanese and Japanese American culture. Always hunting for new Trader Joe’s snacks and cute cafés.