Bridging Communities

Bridging Communities is a program for high school students that provides a space for cross-cultural dialogue, community service, and personal growth.

Through an examination of the similarities between the WWII incarceration experience of Japanese Americans and the post-9/11 experience of the Muslim Americans, Bridging Communities builds solidarity between these two communities. The goal of Bridging Communities is to empower young people to speak up against prejudice and stereotypes and develop as active leaders within their communities and beyond.

  • Meet youth from communities throughout the Chicagoland area
  • Engage in interfaith and cross-cultural dialogue
  • Earn community service/service learning hours
  • Visit the Rohwer War Relocation Center in Arkansas

Through interactive workshops and activities, participants will:

  • Examine their sense of personal identity
  • Learn strategies for speaking up against prejudice and stereotypes
  • Explore the history of the Japanese American and Muslim American community
  • Understand tools of activism to make a difference

Session 1: Saturday, March 14

Identity & Community Building
Session 2: Saturday, March 21
Muslim American History
Session 3: Friday, March 27 – Monday, March 30
Trip to Rohwer, AR
Session 4: Saturday, April 4

Sessions will take place at the JACL Chicago office and the CAIR-Chicago office.
* Dates are subject to change

Applications are available at
Deadline date: 11:59 PM, Monday, Feb. 16
Program Cost: FREE
For more information, please contact:
Christine Munteanu, JACL at
Fatima Ahmed, CAIR-Chicago at
or visit