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Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) is excited to expand its school programs offerings. Our programs are designed to be interactive and explore the lives of Japanese Americans during World War II and its relevance in our lives today. Please be sure to reference the detailed description and appropriate grade levels for each program below before completing the application form.

All school visits will include one hour in our Defining Courage exhibition. As we are forming partnerships with other organizations, we have limited the availability of certain programs with hopes to add more dates in the future. We sincerely appreciate your understanding and patience.

GFBNEC and participating organization partners only have the capacity to accommodate 60 students per day. If your group is larger than 60, please consider two separate dates.

GFBNEC is also able to offer free transportation grants to help subsidize the cost of buses to Title 1 schools and schools demonstrating financial need. Please see below for details.

Here is a list of our current School Group offerings:


Field Trip: Defining Courage Exhibition + Workshop on Oral Histories

Recommended Age: 5th grade through 12th grade
Number of Students: 60 total
Program Length: 10am-12pm
Available: Tuesday through Friday
Cost: FREE thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Aratani Foundation

Defining Courage Exhibition
This facilitated tour gives a brief background of the Japanese American World War II experience highlighting the Japanese American veterans who served in segregated units, while also inviting students to explore GFBNEC’s interactive Defining Courage exhibition. Each participant will receive a free ticket to return at a later date. (60 minutes)

Workshop on Oral Histories
Students will use critical thinking to analyze oral history clips from GFBNEC’s Hanashi Oral History Project and learn how to utilize them as a primary resource. (60 minutes)

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Field Trip: Defining Courage Exhibition + JANM’s Fighting for Democracy Exhibition
A community partnership between Go For Broke National Education Center and Japanese American National Museum

Recommended Age: 7th grade through 12th grade
Number of Students: 60 total
Program Length: 10am-12pm
Available: specific dates: Oct. 11, 25; Nov. 8, 29; Dec. 13; Jan. 17, 31; Feb. 14; Mar. 14, 28
Cost: FREE thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Aratani Foundation

Defining Courage Exhibition
This facilitated tour gives a brief background of the Japanese American World War II experience highlighting the Japanese American veterans who served in segregated units, while also inviting students to explore GFBNEC’s interactive Defining Courage exhibition. Each participant will receive a free ticket to return at a later date. (60 minutes)

Fighting for Democracy Exhibition
Japanese American National Museum educators will facilitate a visit to Fighting for Democracy: Who is the “We” in “We, the People”?, an experimental exhibition based on these fundamental principles. It features seven real people and traces their stories throughout the pre-World War II, World War II, and post-war periods as examples of the millions of Americans whose lives were affected by the war and how each sought equal rights for their families and communities. (60 minutes)

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Field Trip: Defining Courage Exhibition + Little Tokyo Walking Tour
A community partnership between Go For Broke National Education Center and the Little Tokyo Historical Society

Recommended Age: 6th grade through 12th grade
Number of Students: 60 total
Program Length: 10am-12:30pm
Available: specific dates: Sept. 26; Oct. 3, 17; Nov. 7, 14
Cost: FREE thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Aratani Foundation

Defining Courage Exhibition
This facilitated tour gives a brief background of the Japanese American World War II experience highlighting the Japanese American veterans who served in segregated units, while also inviting students to explore GFBNEC’s interactive Defining Courage exhibition. Students will also visit the Go For Broke Monument. Each participant will receive a free ticket to return at a later date. (75 minutes)

Little Tokyo Walking Tour
Docents from the Little Tokyo Historical Society will conduct a 75 minute walking tour through the Little Tokyo Village Plaza and along the historically designated First Street North. They will briefly cover moments throughout Little Tokyo’s 130 years and share the importance of preserving a community. Total walking distance is approximately 0.6 miles. (75 minutes)

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Field Trip: Defining Courage Exhibition + Incarceration Lock Box with Kizuna and JACCC
A community partnership between Go For Broke National Education Center and Kizuna with support from the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC)

Recommended Age: 9th grade through 12th grade
Number of Students: 60 total
Program Length: 10am-12:30pm
Available: Tuesday - Friday; September 2018 - January 2019
Cost: FREE thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Aratani Foundation

Defining Courage Exhibition
This facilitated tour gives a brief background of the Japanese American World War II experience highlighting the Japanese American veterans who served in segregated units, while also inviting students to explore GFBNEC’s interactive Defining Courage exhibition. Each participant will receive a free ticket to return at a later date. (60 minutes)

Incarceration Lock Box with Kizuna and JACCC
This workshop hosted by Kizuna teaches the Japanese American incarceration camp experience and the Redress and Reparations movement through an engaging and hands-on lock box activity. Students use teamwork and critical thinking to explore and find primary and secondary sources, in order to open their lock box and win a prize. (60 minutes)
*Please note this workshop takes place at the JACCC (0.2 mile walk from GFBNEC). Student groups will be guided to and from JACCC by an education facilitator.

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Field Trip: Defining Courage Exhibition + “A Flicker in Eternity” Cultural Values Workshop with Kizuna and JACCC
A community partnership between Go For Broke National Education Center and Kizuna with support from the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC)

Recommended Age: 7th grade through 12th grade
Number of Students: 60 total
Program Length: 10am-12:30pm
Available: Tuesday - Friday; September 2018 - January 2019
Cost: FREE thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Aratani Foundation

Defining Courage Exhibition
This facilitated tour gives a brief background of the Japanese American World War II experience highlighting the Japanese American veterans who served in segregated units, while also inviting students to explore GFBNEC’s interactive Defining Courage exhibition. Each participant will receive a free ticket to return at a later date. (60 minutes)

“A Flicker in Eternity” Cultural Values Workshop with Kizuna and JACCC
“A Flicker in Eternity” is the coming-of-age documentary of 15 year-old Stanley Hayami. This film documents his first hand account of life behind barbed wire, and his service in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Kizuna will lead a workshop that builds an understand of Japanese American history and cultural values, as well as, encourages students to discuss and identify cultural values that they have and share. (60 minutes)
*Please note this workshop takes place at the JACCC (0.2 mile walk from GFBNEC). Student groups will be guided to and from JACCC by an education facilitator.

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Field Trip: Defining Courage Exhibition

Recommended Age: 5th grade through 12th grade
Number of Students: 35 total
Program Length: 1 hour
Available: Tuesday - Friday
Cost: FREE thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Aratani Foundation

Defining Courage Exhibition
This facilitated tour gives a brief background of the Japanese American World War II experience highlighting the Japanese American veterans who served in segregated units, while also inviting students to explore GFBNEC’s interactive Defining Courage exhibition. Each participant will receive a free ticket to return at a later date. (60 minutes)
*Please note this option of a one hour tour of Defining Courage only is not eligible for the transportation grant.

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Transportation Grants

Through a grant from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Go For Broke National Education Center is able to offer transportation grants on a limited first come, first served basis to Title 1 schools and schools that demonstrate a financial need. This grant will reimburse for transportation costs up to $350 per bus and are not paid up-front. This grant will only cover transportation to and from GFBNEC. Bus grants are limited to two buses per school each academic year. Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance of the visit in order to be eligible for the grant.

A completed application does not guarantee you will be awarded the grant.

All applicants will be notified of their grant status within 3-5 business days.

To apply, please complete the section on transportation grants in the school groups application.

For questions regarding school visits and/or transportation grants, please email Andie Kimura at andie@goforbroke.org.


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