Go For Broke Foundation Essay Contest

OUR MISSION: To educate and inspire character and equality through the virtue and valor of our World War II American veterans of Japanese ancestry.


The Defining Courage Exhibition is FREE for Teachers and Students for the remainder of 2017!

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Aratani Foundation, teachers and students can enter the Defining Courage Experience FREE for the remainder of 2017.


Traveling Exhibit: Courage & Compassion

In July of 2017, Go For Broke National Education Center launched a traveling exhibition entitled Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American World War II Experience through a partnership with 10 communities across the United States.


2018 High School & College Student Essay, Poetry, and Video Contest Winners!

GFBNEC is pleased to announce that Pacific Global Investment Management Company is once again the Presenting Sponsor of this year's contest.



Traveling Exhibition - Oberlin, OH

“Courage and Compassion” covers the events from the attack on Pearl Harbor through the creation of the 100th Infantry Battalion and more. Visit the website.



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Student Contest

2018 High School & College Student Essay, Performance, and Visual Arts Contest

Supporting Sponsors

Ken & June Shimabukuro

Anonymous Donor In Memory of Masao Takahashi

Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) supports the legacy of Japanese American World War II veterans, who served their country at a time when the United States denied their civil rights. Join us in advocating for civil liberties and equality, the cornerstone of the American experience, by entering our 2018 contest.

In addition to cash prizes, six winners (grand prize entry from each category) will receive two complimentary tickets* to our 17th Annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles. Winners will enjoy an evening of fine dining, entertainment, and meet Japanese American WWII veterans and families.

GFBNEC thanks Pacific Global Investment Company for once again serving as the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s contest. Its contribution is made in memory of community philanthropists Manabi Hirasaki (WWII veteran) and Sig Kagawa. Supporting sponsors are Ken and June Shimabukuro and an anonymous donor in memory of WWII veteran Masao “Mas” Takahashi.”

TO ENTER: Submit a 250-500 word ESSAY, a 3-5 minute video of PERFORMANCE, or a photo/video of a VISUAL ART on one of the following topics:

  1. The Japanese American WWII veteran experience is still relevant to our society today. Explore one of the ways this is true.
  2. The Japanese American WWII veteran story is now over 70 years old. Discuss your ideas on preserving the Japanese American WWII veteran story for future generations.

Deadline: Sunday July 1, 2018


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