Legacy Foundation Japan (LFJ) is all about community, and everything we do is geared toward supporting the communities in which our members reside.
Part of that support is to educate and inspire others. One way we do that is by curating, creating, and publish content that is relevant to African Americans, those of African descent, and their allies. Another way we support community is by facilitating connections and conversations between like-minded individuals who are willing to share their experiences and enable others’ success.
With Legacy Foundation Japan’s Writer’s Mentorship Program, we are taking our vision to empower the Black community to share its gifts now and for generations to come and making it a tangible reality.
About the Program
Baye McNeil, a critically acclaimed author, a renowned journalist with his own column in the Japan Times, and a respected voice invited by major media conglomerates and global companies to talk about diversity and inclusivity in Japanese media will be the acclaimed mentor of this program.
Learn more about Baye on his website: https://www.bayemcneil.com/about-baye
During this 6-month, free program, Baye will inspire, educate, and collaborate with the selected mentees as they create pieces for the monthly-provided article prompts from the LFJ News and Media team each month as a part of the program. Mentees may also receive additional articles from Baye to write and develop their voices.
Baye will also meet with selected mentees every other week via Zoom or another digital meeting platform for 1-hour long mentorship calls, which will cover tips, tricks, and wisdom from Baye about freelance writing, journalism, live edits, and next steps for their individual pieces.
At the end of the mentorship, each mentee will have at least six polished articles with at least one round of edits contributed by Baye, at least two articles published and publicized by LFJ on their media platforms, and indispensable knowledge and information shared with them from a globally recognized African American journalist whose foundation and success has come from his honesty, trustworthiness, and frankness, especially when dealing with difficult topics such as race, diversity, and inclusion.
The application for the mentorship program will be open until 11:59 PM JST on November 30th, 2020. Applicants are required to fill out the application form in one of the following three ways to be considered.