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LOS ANGELES (August 23, 2018)—Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) today announced several new school programs and related partnerships with neighboring organizations in Little Tokyo. The programs, designed primarily for Grades 6-12, educate students on a range of topics including U.S. history during World War II; the incarceration of approximately 120,000 citizens and legal residents of Japanese ancestry; the valor of Japanese American soldiers; and the role of social justice in a democracy.

In addition to a one-hour tour of GFBNEC's "Defining Courage" exhibition, student groups will have the option of one of the following:

  • Oral-history workshop using material from GFBNEC's Hanashi collection of interviews of Japanese American WWII veterans;
  • One-hour walking tour of Little Tokyo with guidance from the Little Tokyo Historical Society;
  • Viewing "A Flicker In Eternity," a mini-documentary on 442nd Regimental Combat Team veteran Stanley Hayami, accompanied by a discussion on cultural values presented by community youth organization Kizuna at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC)
  • Solving a series of history challenges using primary resources to unlock a prize presented by Kizuna at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC);
  • One-hour facilitated visit of the "Fighting for Democracy" exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM).

Through a grant from The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, GFBNEC will offer free 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. Bus grants are limited to two buses per school for each academic year. Full terms of the transportation grant are available through GFBNEC's website at the link listed below.

GFBNEC also thanks the Aratani Foundation for its continued support in providing free admission to the "Defining Courage" exhibition for all students and educators through the end of calendar year 2018. In addition, GFBNEC will waive admission for students and educators for all school reservations made in 2018 for 2019.

Online applications for the transportation grant and for reservations for a school are now available through GFBNEC's website. Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance of the visit. For questions or additional program information, please contact Andie Kimura at

About Go For Broke National Education Center
Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that educates the public on the valor of Japanese American veterans of World War II and their contributions to democracy. Our goal is to inspire new generations to embody the Japanese American veterans’ core values of courage, sacrifice, equality, humility and patriotism. Founded in 1989, GFBNEC maintains the Go For Broke Monument and the interactive “GFBNEC’s Defining Courage Exhibition” in downtown Los Angeles, as well as extensive oral histories and archives, education and training programs, and other initiatives. For more information, please visit

Media Contacts:

Pauline Yoshihashi
Strategic Communications
323/683-8191 Direct


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