Alumni Leadership Board
KANSHA ALUMNI LEADERSHIP BOARD INFO SHEET 2016 – 2017
What is the Kansha Alumni Leadership Board (ALB)?
The Alumni Leadership Board is an initiative of the Kansha Project that provides an opportunity for meaningful and sustained engagement for Kansha Project participants after they have completed the program. The board will be comprised of former Kansha Project participants. ALB members will receive skills and content training and participate in a strategic planning process for the Kansha Project in order to shape and implement their vision of the program’s future. This year, a Kansha Core will be formed, comprised of ALB members with a high commitment level who can attend monthly planning meetings at the JACL Chicago office. The Kansha Alumni Board will include the Kansha Core members and Kansha Alumni Board members who have the capacity to contribute remotely or less frequently but would still like to be involved.
Now in its second year (2016-2017), the ALB aims to expand its programming beyond the annual Kansha Project trip. Additional ALB programming will be determined by members of Kansha Core ALB. Potential programs may include a Kansha Service Project and a community curriculum.
What are the goals of the ALB?
The goal of the Alumni Leadership Board is to ensure the future sustainability of the Kansha Project by providing a structure for young people to move from one-time program recipients to active partners in shaping the future of this program.
Some initial objectives for the ALB include:
- Developing a shared, youth-driven vision for the future of the Kansha Project and actively working towards that vision.
- Engaging Kansha Project alumni in planning and facilitating the program.
- Creating a fundraising strategy and plan that aims to diversify and sustain Kansha Project’s funding.
- Keeping Kansha Project alumni connected and engaged to each other and to the program.
- Expanding the program to engage the Chicago community.
Why should I get involved?
- Re-engage with and shape the future of the Kansha Project.
- Reconnect with participants from your year and meet alumni from other program years.
- Enhance your knowledge of the incarceration experience.
- Gain valuable facilitation, project management, program planning, and leadership skills.
- Get connected to and involved with JACL Chicago and the Chicago Japanese American community.
What are the responsibilities/expectations and time commitment of joining the ALB?
As a member of the ALB, you will be part of a group that will plan and implement the Kansha Project in 2016-2017. Therefore, we ask that you commit to being a part of the ALB at least through September 2017 (see key dates below.) Because the Kansha Alumni Board is a youth-driven program, we need a few continuing ALB members from year to year. Though it is not required, please consider if you can stay involved with ALB beyond the 2016-2017 term upon applying.
This year, the Kansha ALB Core will meet monthly and in-person at the JACL Chicago office. ALB Core members will receive a modest stipend (around $400) for their high commitment. In order to join the Alumni Core Board, it is required that you attend all meetings. ALB Core members can miss a maximum of one meeting per quarter.
Your exact responsibilities will vary and will be decided once the ALB Core is formed and determines the full scope of its work (including additional programs). The ALB program component you will be working on throughout the year will be determined as a board. There will be other opportunities for former Kansha Alumni Board members and Kansha Alumni to get involved without the full monthly in-person meeting commitment.
What is the difference between the Kansha ALB Core and the Kansha Alumni Leadership Board?
After the first year of ALB, we learned that more frequent in-person meetings are beneficial and necessary in order to plan the Kansha Project so that all members have full accountability and knowledge of the planning process. To increase productivity and communication, the Kansha Core was formed. Core members must be able to attend monthly meetings in-person at the JACL Chicago office. Kansha Core members will receive a modest stipend of approximately $400. Kansha ALB members that are not on Kansha Core will still have the opportunity to provide input and contribute to the program in a variety of ways based on your interests, skills, and capacity. Some ideas for potential remote tasks are below and specific tasks will be communicated once the ALB Core is formed:
- Attend Winter Reunion
- Attend Culmination
- Share application to networks and recruit applicants
- Maintain the Kansha Project social media pages
- Develop marketing materials (develop/maintain webpage/website, flyer content, marketing plan, e-blasts)
- Grant-writing (research, writing, editing)
- Background research for additional program components
Will I get to go to Little Tokyo and Manzanar again?
Right now, the plan is to have two or three ALB Core members facilitate the program sessions and serve as chaperones during the 2017 Kansha Project. The previous year’s chaperones will mentor the chaperones for the following year, to ensure program consistently and continuity.
What will I be working on?
Your exact tasks and workload will be determined collectively by Kansha Core once it is formed. In addition to implementing the 2017 Kansha Project, the ALB will expand its programming beyond the annual Kansha Project trip. These components will be determined by the Kansha Core ALB– we want to hear your ideas! Potential additional components may include a Kansha Service Project and a community curriculum. Kansha Core will shape the structure and goals of the Kansha Alumni Board.
I don’t live in Chicago. Can I still be involved?
Members of the Kansha Core must be able to attend monthly meetings in-person. However, there will still be plenty of opportunities to participate on ALB remotely or less frequently than monthly meetings. These tasks will be determined and communicated once the Kansha Core is formed.
Will I be paid?
Because of the high commitment level, each Kansha ALB Core member will receive a modest stipend of about $400. Missing more than one meeting per quarter will result in deduction of stipend.
How do I apply?
Applications are closed for the 2016-2017 cycle. But be on the lookout for the application late summer 2017!
- Application is released – September 7, 2016
- Application closed – September 15, 2016 at 11:59PM
- ALB applicants notified – September 18, 2016
- ALB Retreat – September 21, 2016; 6:30 – 9 PM*
- ALB Retreat – September 30, 2016; 6:30 – 9 PM*
- ALB meeting – October 11, 2016
- ALB meeting – November 22, 2016
- ALB meeting – December 20, 2016
- ALB January – September meetings – Third Tuesdays of the month
- Kansha Project – Mid-late June (June 8 – 11 OR June 22 – 25, tentatively)
- Kansha Project Culmination – Mid-late June, the weekend following the Kansha Project
*It is mandatory to attend at least one of these retreat dates but preferably both dates. The retreats will be used to determine the goals, structure, and tasks of ALB for the year.
Quarter 1: Oct – Dec
Quarter 2: Jan – March
Quarter 3: April – June
Quarter 4: July – Sept