Excerpt from JCYC Up Close Winter 2017 This past summer, JCYC’s Tomodachi Summer Program expanded its “Club” workshops to include culinary activities, Science Technology Math and Science (STEM) sessions, sports, and performance and visual arts. Community members, JCYC staff, Tomodachi Summer Program parents, program alumni and other nonprofit organizations were recruited to facilitate club workshops with Kindergarteners through sixth graders, said JCYC Youth Development Coordinator Kyle Nakanishi. Nakanishi praised the new club workshops for offering the children a variety of interesting activities, including hip- hop lessons with Nagata Dance Studio. The Japantown studio’s owner, Corrine Nagata, said the students took the studio’s “Hip Hop Hooray” class, which aimed to “build (the) children’s confidence … through fun, interactive and challenging movement activities.” The youth showcased their skills with a performance for their parents, which included three dances, featuring the song “Lean on Me.” Nagata praised JCYC for being an “organization that truly serves the community,” and added that as an alumna, it was “an honor” and “very special and meaningful to me personally” for the studio to partner with the Tomodachi Summer Program. The STEM classes, taught by former Kindergarten teacher Chris Morimoto, were a hit as well, Nakanishi added. The children enjoyed the extremely hands-on sessions, which allowed them to touch worms and dirt in one lesson. Kristin Tatum, JCYC’s Educational Talent Search programs Senior Educational Advisor, taught the Tomodachi Summer Program’s Healthy Cooking workshops. She shared nutritional tips and taught the children to make granola bars, smoothies, apple crisp, yogurt and personal pizzas. The children also participated in Cooking Around the World workshops. Additionally, the children could choose to take acting lessons, learn the fundamentals of basketball or attend soccer clinics with Ben Anderson of Street Soccer USA, Nakanishi said. “Kids these days want to dive in,” and JCYC is “giving them opportunity,” Nakanishi shared. “Seeds are getting planted. You could see kids getting excited,” Nakanishi said, calling the new workshops a huge success. While the children were constantly learning something new, the program also emphasized fun, as evidenced by its “summer camp feel,” Nakanishi said. Based on the success of the new workshops, JCYC hopes to expand the choices and opportunities even more next summer. To learn more about the nine-week daylong Tomodachi Summer Program, visit http://www.jcyc.org/tomodachi.htm, call (415) 563-8052 or e-mail tomodachi@jcyc.org. To download a complete version of JCYC Up Close Winter 2017, click here.

Tomodachi Makes Learning Fun

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Tomodachi participants learn STEM lessons from Chris Morimoto
Tomodachi participants practicing basketball drills
Tomodachi participants performing at their dance club recital
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

Tomodachi Makes

Learning Fun

Excerpt from JCYC Up Close Winter 2017 This past summer, JCYC’s Tomodachi Summer Program expanded its “Club” workshops to include culinary activities, Science Technology Math and Science (STEM) sessions, sports, and performance and visual arts. Community members, JCYC staff, Tomodachi Summer Program parents, program alumni and other nonprofit organizations were recruited to facilitate club workshops with Kindergarteners through sixth graders, said JCYC Youth Development Coordinator Kyle Nakanishi. Nakanishi praised the new club workshops for offering the children a variety of interesting activities, including hip-hop lessons with Nagata Dance Studio. The Japantown studio’s owner, Corrine Nagata, said the students took the studio’s “Hip Hop Hooray” class, which aimed to “build (the) children’s confidence … through fun, interactive and challenging movement activities.” The youth showcased their skills with a performance for their parents, which included three dances, featuring the song “Lean on Me.” Nagata praised JCYC for being an “organization that truly serves the community,” and added that as an alumna, it was “an honor” and “very special and meaningful to me personally” for the studio to partner with the Tomodachi Summer Program. The STEM classes, taught by former Kindergarten teacher Chris Morimoto, were a hit as well, Nakanishi added. The children enjoyed the extremely hands-on sessions, which allowed them to touch worms and dirt in one lesson. Kristin Tatum, JCYC’s Educational Talent Search programs Senior Educational Advisor, taught the Tomodachi Summer Program’s Healthy Cooking workshops. She shared nutritional tips and taught the children to make granola bars, smoothies, apple crisp, yogurt and personal pizzas. The children also participated in Cooking Around the World workshops. Additionally, the children could choose to take acting lessons, learn the fundamentals of basketball or attend soccer clinics with Ben Anderson of Street Soccer USA, Nakanishi said. “Kids these days want to dive in,” and JCYC is “giving them opportunity,” Nakanishi shared. “Seeds are getting planted. You could see kids getting excited,” Nakanishi said, calling the new workshops a huge success. While the children were constantly learning something new, the program also emphasized fun, as evidenced by its “summer camp feel,” Nakanishi said. Based on the success of the new workshops, JCYC hopes to expand the choices and opportunities even more next summer. To learn more about the nine-week daylong Tomodachi Summer Program, visit http://www.jcyc.org/tomodachi.htm, call (415) 563-8052 or e-mail tomodachi@jcyc.org. To download a complete version of JCYC Up Close Winter 2017, click here.
Tomodachi participants learn STEM lessons from Chris Morimoto
Tomodachi participants practicing basketball drills
Tomodachi participants performing at their dance club recital