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NCI Alumni Reflection: Jessica Kanai


NCI Class of 2010, Intern at Konnichiwa Little Tokyo- LTSC

Prior to NCI, I was not involved in the JA Community. I participated in the program last summer, and what an adventure it has been in the short time span of one year. 

I was placed at the Little Tokyo Service Center as the Program Leader for the Konnichiwa Little Tokyo Program. I had the opportunity to work with foster youth throughout LA County and bring them to Little Tokyo for a one day summer camp experience, which they would not be able to have otherwise. Not only did I get to meet the wonderful foster youth, but I also had the chance to get to know the amazing staff at LTSC, who are some of the most inspiring people I have ever met.

After NCI, I left to participate in another internship where I thought I wanted to work. Lo and behold, I ended up unfulfilled, and finding myself wanting to work back at a nonprofit. I currently work at the Little Tokyo Service Center as a Service Coordinator in the Senior Services Department. Without NCI, there is no way I would have ever thought about working at a non-profit. I'm also a Nisei Week Queen Candidate this year, so there is a lot more to look forward to. I have also met some of my best friends through NCI which I am very grateful for. The JA Community is truly special, and I have NCI to thank for introducing me to it.

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