As I sat at my son’s college orientation, I began to take stock of my children’s entrance into adulthood. That is correct, my youngest will soon be leaving for college and I will be joining the ranks of the so-called “empty nesters.” It is a bittersweet time for sure. While I won’t miss the endless chauffeuring and countless parents meetings, it is a strange and wonderful feeling to see your children blossom into adults. While I am grateful to have this fabulous work place that I have called home for many years, I’d like to take this   moment to reflect on what this organization has meant to me as a parent. There is perhaps nothing more satisfying than to see the fruits of your labor benefit not only the community, but your own family. I imagine few have this opportunity and I can see now how truly fortunate I am. My children are what we affectionately refer to as “JCYC Lifers.” They both began their journey at our Chibi Chan Preschool. Research has found the preschool years to be so crucial to a young person’s development and I can say without hesitation that my children could not have had a better experience. I am so grateful to our CCP staff who cared for them and always made them feel secure. Special thanks to those teachers who had to endure the many afternoons that my daughter Mika refused to nap! As the two of them moved onto the Tomodachi Summer program, they began to spread their wings amongst a much larger number of participants. It can take some children time to adjust from the small, structured environment of CCP to the expansive, unbridled energy of Tomodachi. I was grateful that both adjusted quickly and the program soon became their annual summer home. As a former JCYC daycamper, it is such a wonderful experience to see your children thrive in the same program that you once enjoyed as a child. I’d like to thank all the Tomodachi staff and counselors who dedicate their summers to this program and made every effort to make sure that each camper had the best experience possible.  In high school, each of them transitioned into becoming Tomodachi counselors and joined our Japantown Youth Leaders (JYL) program. Not only did they commit their entire summers to working with the children of Tomodachi, but neither hesitated to take several buses and a train in from San Mateo to get to our JYL program each week. As teenagers they could have easily resisted going to my workplace and instead opt for something of their choosing. But, at that point it became clear that JCYC was the place they wanted to be and where they always felt they belonged. One year, my daughter even expressed her unwillingness to comprise her participation in JYL despite being on her high school basketball team. Though I was skeptical, she successfully convinced her coach to release her from practice once a week so she could stay in the program uninterrupted! When it came time to dive into the college application process, both were provided with invaluable guidance by our college access staff. I don’t know if either appreciated how fortunate they were to have college admissions experts at the same place that they have spent so much of their youth, but as a parent, I am extremely grateful. Thank you to the many college access staff who read their essays and explained the admissions process to them. Though I am a college graduate, you were all far more helpful than I could ever be. Although everyone at JCYC was just doing their jobs and what they love, I have even more admiration for everything they do for young people on a daily basis. Though I’m sure my children got their share of preferential treatment as the boss’s kids, I know with absolute certainty that their experience is similar to every young person who participates in one of our programs. Although they did not benefit from every program at JCYC, there is no doubt in my mind that they would have equally enjoyed our other services and the staff that put their heart and soul into everyone who walks through our doors. As a parent, I’d like to thank all the wonderful staff of this incredible organization. Whether you worked directly with my kids or not, you have made a huge difference in their lives and the lives of others and I will forever be eternally grateful. Sincererely, Jon Osaki Executive Director

A Message from the Executive Director

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JCYC’S SOCIAL MEDIA
ADDRESS 2012 Pine Street San Francisco, CA 94115
CONTACT info@jcyc.org Tel:  (415) 202-7900 Fax: (415) 346-1948
NAVIGATION
JCYC’S SOCIAL MEDIA
ADDRESS 2012 Pine Street San Francisco, CA 94115
CONTACT info@jcyc.org Tel:  (415) 202-7900 Fax: (415) 921-1841

A Message from the

Executive Director

As I sat at my son’s college orientation, I began to take stock of my children’s entrance into adulthood. That is correct, my youngest will soon be leaving for college and I will be joining the ranks of the so-called “empty nesters.” It is a bittersweet time for sure. While I won’t miss the endless chauffeuring and countless parents meetings, it is a strange and wonderful feeling to see your children blossom into adults. While I am grateful to have this fabulous work place that I have called home for many years, I’d like to take this moment to reflect on what this organization has meant to me as a parent. There is perhaps nothing more satisfying than to see the fruits of your labor benefit not only the community, but your own family. I imagine few have this opportunity and I can see now how truly fortunate I am. My children are what we affectionately refer to as “JCYC Lifers.” They both began their journey at our Chibi Chan Preschool. Research has found the preschool years to be so crucial to a young person’s development and I can say without hesitation that my children could not have had a better experience. I am so grateful to our CCP staff who cared for them and always made them feel secure. Special thanks to those teachers who had to endure the many afternoons that my daughter Mika refused to nap! As the two of them moved onto the Tomodachi Summer program, they began to spread their wings amongst a much larger number of participants. It can take some children time to adjust from the small, structured environment of CCP to the expansive, unbridled energy of Tomodachi. I was grateful that both adjusted quickly and the program soon became their annual summer home. As a former JCYC daycamper, it is such a wonderful experience to see your children thrive in the same program that you once enjoyed as a child. I’d like to thank all the Tomodachi staff and counselors who dedicate their summers to this program and made every effort to make sure that each camper had the best experience possible.  In high school, each of them transitioned into becoming Tomodachi counselors and joined our Japantown Youth Leaders (JYL) program. Not only did they commit their entire summers to working with the children of Tomodachi, but neither hesitated to take several buses and a train in from San Mateo to get to our JYL program each week. As teenagers they could have easily resisted going to my workplace and instead opt for something of their choosing. But, at that point it became clear that JCYC was the place they wanted to be and where they always felt they belonged. One year, my daughter even expressed her unwillingness to comprise her participation in JYL despite being on her high school basketball team. Though I was skeptical, she successfully convinced her coach to release her from practice once a week so she could stay in the program uninterrupted! When it came time to dive into the college application process, both were provided with invaluable guidance by our college access staff. I don’t know if either appreciated how fortunate they were to have college admissions experts at the same place that they have spent so much of their youth, but as a parent, I am extremely grateful. Thank you to the many college access staff who read their essays and explained the admissions process to them. Though I am a college graduate, you were all far more helpful than I could ever be. Although everyone at JCYC was just doing their jobs and what they love, I have even more admiration for everything they do for young people on a daily basis. Though I’m sure my children got their share of preferential treatment as the boss’s kids, I know with absolute certainty that their experience is similar to every young person who participates in one of our programs. Although they did not benefit from every program at JCYC, there is no doubt in my mind that they would have equally enjoyed our other services and the staff that put their heart and soul into everyone who walks through our doors. As a parent, I’d like to thank all the wonderful staff of this incredible organization. Whether you worked directly with my kids or not, you have made a huge difference in their lives and the lives of others and I will forever be eternally grateful. Sincerely, Jon Osaki Executive Director