Bridging Communities: Los Angeles 2014

About the Bridging Communities Program

Bridging Communities is a program for high school students that provides the opportunity for interfaith and cross-cultural dialogue, community service, and individual growth. The goal of the Bridging Communities Program is to create awareness, dialogue and ultimately activism from Japanese American and Muslim American youth through a series of interactive sessions including topics such as: identity, culture, religion, civil rights, community history, advocacy, and community service.

The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in partnership with the Japanese American Citizens League – Pacific Southwest District, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, and Kizuna – Uniting Nikkei for the Future, are proud to present the 5th annual Bridging Communities Program. The program is funded by grant from the U.S. National Park Service (NPS).

The Bridging Communities program was established as a proactive response from JACL, NCRR and CAIR to a number of incidents of hate and intolerance incurred by the Muslim American community in the long aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Recognizing the similarities that Japanese Americans faced in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor ultimately resulting in Japanese American incarceration, Bridging Communities was meant to build solidarity and partnership between these two communities.

The Bridging Communities program offers an opportunity for our high school students to look at their own personal perceptions of identity and stereotypes and connect those to significant civil right issues that have affected Americans. In addition, our program also looks at ways in which communities have approached infringements of the past, like the Redress and Reparations movement in the Japanese American community,” explained CAIR Civil Rights Manager Affad Shaikh.


Applications are now OPEN: Click HERE to Apply

Application deadline: March 10th, 2014 at 11:59pm

Program Details:

Who? High school students (entering 9th grade to entering 1st year college) and Bridging Communities past participants

When? This year the program consists of two full-day educational sessions and a community engagement event.

Day 1: Community Education Retreat in Los Angeles or Orange County, Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Day 2: Manzanar Pilgrimage at Manzanar National Historic Site, Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Community engagement events will be scheduled around participants schedules.

* Please note that these dates are subject to to change

WHERE? Sessions will take place in Little Tokyo, LA or in Orange County

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) 
2180 W. Crescent Ave, Ste F 
Anaheim, CA 92801 

244 San Pedro St. 
Los Angeles, CA 90012 

Islamic Society of Orange County (ISOC) 
1 Al-Rahman Plaza 
Garden Grove, CA 92844 

For more informaiton contact, sarah amarragy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Disclaimer: “This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Interior.”