The Janet Aiko Sekiguchi Foundation

Honoring Janet's legacy by investing in communities and causes consistent with her passions and her struggles.

The Janet Aiko Sekiguchi Foundation honors Janet's legacy by investing in communities and causes consistent with her passions and her struggles. To this end, the foundation partners with schools in historically marginalized communities to support innovative educator- and student-initiated programs that promote intellectual growth, racial & social justice, community development, and the de-stigmatization of mental health.

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Foundation Grants

The Janet Aiko Sekiguchi Foundation offers a grant that may be used to support one school-wide program, a few smaller projects initiated by school staff or students, or a combination of both. Grant funds may also be used to enhance an existing program. We envision our grant serving as seed funding for either a new program or an expansion of a current program, with the aim of enabling the program to attract additional sources of funding.

In early 2022, as part of the grant application process, we were introduced to several passionate and dedicated educators and administrators who are engaged in innovative work within marginalized communities. Although choosing just one to support was a difficult decision, we selected Entrepreneur High School (eHigh) to receive the first of our 3-year grants.

We plan to open the grant application process again in early 2025 for the next grant cycle. If you are interested in potentially applying, we encourage you to check back in early 2025 or submit your name and email address to be notified when the next application cycle opens by emailing us: list at

Current Grant Recipient

Entrepreneur High School (eHigh) was established in 2018 as an applied entrepreneurship charter school designed to be both inquiry-based and student-centered. The school serves a culturally and academically diverse population of students, representative of California's Inland Empire communities of Highland and San Bernardino. The curriculum engages students in meaningful and relevant learning experiences that foster innovation, creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit. eHigh is focused on merging academics with real-world skills in order to ensure students have the skillset to thrive in their post-secondary journey. While the level of academics is college-prep, students also choose one of four pathways that prepare them for future careers: Design, Visual and Media Arts, Professional Sales and Entrepreneurship, Food Service and Hospitality, or Software and Systems Development. The school also provides students with opportunities for hands-on business experience such as running a student store where they sell clothing they create and catering school events.

Inspiring a Young Entrepreneur Program.With the grant from the foundation, eHigh created a program called "Inspiring a Young Entrepreneur." The goal of the program is to inspire students to apply the skills they learn in their coursework to develop their own businesses. In November 2022, students attended DesignerCon, a large art and design convention in Anaheim, California that encompasses all forms of art and design including print media, one-of-a-kind art pieces, vinyl figures and apparel. The intent of attending DesignerCon was to give students exposure to the world of design and provide inspiration to create their own designs that are then produced in eHigh's own student-run print shop. Under this program, students establish and develop their businesses, culminating at the eHigh Expo in May 2023, where students set up a booth and sell their services and the products they have created. Funds from the JASF grant cover the cost of attending the conference, the resources the students need to launch their businesses, and the expenses associated with putting on the eHigh Expo.

Prior Grant Recipients


New Jersey public school

After teaching in the L.A. inner city for nearly two decades, Judson moved to New Jersey and worked at a public high school, teaching English-language learners. The grant supported his efforts to meet additional certification requirements.

Pomona Hope

Liz was on staff with Pomona Hope, an organization with a vision for a "transformed City where all people find a hope and a future." She first served as the Volunteer and Kids Coordinator, then as the After School Program Coordinator.

Servant Partners at IntheCity

David served on staff with Servant Partners who, along with his family, moved into a working class Latino neighborhood in East Los Angeles. There, he oversaw a tutoring program as part of a team of volunteer youth workers with a local nonprofit.
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InterVarsity and Servant Partners

Jen oversaw a program that brought college students to serve in inner city communities. She then served with Servant Partners alongside her husband in running the internships department.

Los Angeles Christian School

Judson was a fifth grade teacher and coach of an after school soccer program at Los Angeles Christian School, while living within the community near downtown L.A. served by the school.

Los Angeles Christian School

Matt received our first grant in 2006 to support his work as a P.E. teacher at Los Angeles Christian School, near downtown L.A, through World Impact. We supported his work until his departure from LACS in 2008.