Want to help out? Applications for the Kohai Program will be available Sept. 1, 2019.

Join the party

Want to be part of the magic? Unsure of where to start? You’re in the right place. Even if you’ve never volunteered for a convention before, or not sure how much time you will have to help out but still want to, we have a place for you: the Kohai Program. In our program you can earn as much hours as you want with no obligation to meet an hour requirement unless you want to reach one of the hour benefits given to kohai (listed below).

The word “kohai” is sort of like “underclassman” in Japanese, and our volunteers at this level learn the ropes of staffing an anime con before stepping up to full-time. Kohai are the runners and assistants at Ohayocon. Applications for the Kohai program will open later in the year on September 1st!

We also offer certification for students who need to complete service hours. Simply mark your interest on the application form and remember to bring your paperwork with you.

Now, if you think you have the skill and experience to skip the Kohai Program, you can check out the staff page (though we don’t offer service-hour certification for that since we compensate you). If you have questions, you may either use our contact form or send an email directly to the Kohai department via kohai@ohayocon.org.

Minimum qualifications:

Inorder to beable to join our program you must pay the admission fee to attend the convention. You can pay for this either online (if you pre-order online in advanced it will save you some cash) or at the door. Other qualifications are as followed:

  • be at least 14 years old
  • be able to arrange transportation to and from Ohayocon
  • have a parent or guardian sign a liability waiver if you are a minor
    • (Please note that minors are limited to 8 hours per day, with a break after 4 hours, and cannot work past 11 p.m.)

Good qualities to have:

  • humility, warmth, optimism, and the desire to be successful
  • an open mind ready for instruction and guidance


We have a teired benefit plan for all participating Kohai. Current benefits are under construction while senpai negotiates for more. You can check back closer to September. But no matter the year you will be able to earn your badge money back and get that years Ohayocon T-shirt.

  • After 8 work hours:
    • an Ohayocon T-shirt
  • After 24 work hours:
    • reimbursement of a weekend badge