Master the community landscape, build board experience, skill up in leadership and gain professional networks. Become a next generation leader. Kizuna's Board Fellowship program offers all that and more.

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The purpose of the Board Fellowship Program is to provide adults and young adults with the skills, networks, and experiences to successfully be involved in the Japanese American community.

This program will accomplish this by providing education in basic skills and knowledge for nonprofit board members, mentorship and introductory involvement with actual boards of directors, and involvement and experience in community events & activities.

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Build Networks

The Board Fellowship program provides connectivity to community leaders of high net worth through our Board Fellowship and cohort learning sessions. As a participant you will work alongside with a variety of leaders and community influencers.

board Service

The Board Fellowship program places participants in a fellowship position with a Board of Directors providing you a direct experience with leadership at the top.

In the role of this position, participants regularly attend board meetings, take on tasks, and are paired with a board mentor who provides guidance through their experience. In essence you are a “board member in training,” taking on all the roles and expectations of a standard board member.

The board internship will occur over the course of the 10 month period.

Participating Organizations

Skills Development

The Board Fellowship program is designed to drastically increase your knowledge on the inter-workings of nonprofit organizations, personal marketing and leadership and the Japanese American community.

Workshop topics

Our workshop topics are carefully chosen to cover a broad range of skills and knowledge necessary for effective Board leadership.

Board Governance

What does board governance mean? This workshop will provide an overview of the general role of the Board of Directors and why they are essential to the function of the nonprofit.

Finance Management

Every board member should know how to read a financial statement to determine the financial health of the organization. This workshop will cover the basics of decoding statements of activity, balance sheets and investment reports.

Meeting Management

Discusses the basics of roberts rules, facilitation and running an effective meeting.

Strategic Planning

This topic will discuss the importance of long-term planning as well as how to build consensus for a long term vision.


Provides tools and frameworks for successful fundraising events and campaigns. Also discusses the role of every board member as a fundraiser.

Japanese American Community Needs

Discusses the role of next generation leaders in evolving the Japanese American community for the future.

Challenge of Next Generation Leadership

Provides discussion, tools and skills for navigating generational, age and cultural diversity amongst boards of directors.

Marketing & Public Relations

Board members serve and stewards and representatives of the nonprofit. This workshop will discuss presentation, introduction and relationship building for a nonprofit.

Board Experience

Kizuna's Board Fellowship program is the only program in our community offering real-time Board Experience. Our program will give you a hands-on experience of board leadership.

Program Details


Seminar Locations

Seminar locations will vary. Each seminar will take place at a participating nonprofit organization to allow for fellows to get full exposure to community landscape.

Board Meeting Locations

Locations vary based on nonprofit organization.

*Fellows communicate directly with their placement for meeting location.


Program Dates

  • March 20, 2017
  • March 27, 2017
  • April 3, 2017
  • April 10, 2017
  • April 17, 2017
  • April 24, 2017
  • May 1, 2017
  • May 8, 2017
  • September 11, 2017
  • December 4, 2017

*Beginning 8 seminars are learning seminars, September and December are mid-session and closing discussions.

Board Meeting Dates

Dates vary based on nonprofit organization.

*Fellows communicate directly with their placement for meeting dates.


$40 per month (for 10 months)

*If program cost is prohibitive to participation, fee reductions are available upon request.

Application Process

A nomination is required for consideration of any application to the Board Fellowship Program.

Interested applicants should contact Michelle Yamashiro at for more information about the program and to arrange nomination.

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Do Something for Your Community

Make a difference in your community by participating in the Board Fellowship program. You’ll get first-hand involvement at the top while seeing the leadership involved in creating community change.