Giri

Giri, in Japanese, means duty. Our definition of Giri is strongly tied to the community, and to our respective organizations. Thanks to the hard work of our ancestors and predecessors (our great grandparents, grand parents, parents, aunts and uncles, etc.) the present generation has many organizations, churches, community and cultural centers, and sports leagues to enjoy. Without the struggles and accomplishments of the past generations, our communities would not be as strong and vibrant as they are today. In order to ensure the longevity of churches, sports teams, and other community organizations, we encourage students to feel a sense of duty in stepping up for leadership positions, staying involved in their local organizations, and ensuring the longevity of the Japanese American community, so future generations can enjoy it, too.

Giri is important for us because we feel that it gives youth the responsibility to continue on the legacy that their ancestors and predictors have worked to create. Our community is vibrant and strong, but only because of the duty our parents and grandparents felt to give back to the community. By passing this responsibility and leadership on to the next generation, youth are able to recognize their ability to carry on the traditions and values the Issei have taught us.

In Our Programs

Giri can be see in all of our workshops. In our standalone workshops, we encourage students to reflect upon the organizations they are a part of an affiliated with. By understanding the importance and responsibility the students have to uphold these programs and events, students learn how crucial their roles as young leaders are. We learn how to create projects and programs, but we also learn the values of our communities, and how we ensure they live on.

Program

Workshop

Description

Service Learning

Seminar

Duty to your community

Counselor

Counselor

Duty to students

Internship

Workshop

Duty to your community

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