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 are 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 work as many or as few hours as you want with no obligation to meet a service-hour requirement unless you want to earn a benefit.

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.

If you feel up to the challenge come see us at the convention! We will be located in the same room as Convention Operations. Our parental consent form is available beforehand here: Kohai Parental Consent Form

We also offer certification for students who need to complete service hours. You must bring any paperwork and information from the program/school 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

Minimum qualifications:

In order to be able 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 advance it will save you some cash) or at the door (cash only). Other qualifications are as follows:

  • 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.)


We have a tiered benefit plan for all participating kohai. Current benefits are tentative while senpai negotiates for more. You can check back closer to September, but no matter the year you will be able to earn an Ohayocon T-shirt and a badge reimbursement.

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