May 2020 March 17th, 2020 opened a strange new world for JCYC. What I and many had hoped was a concerning but distant problem had suddenly shut down our entire city and ultimately our entire country. While all of us at JCYC are mindful of our own personal safety and the health of our loved ones, I can not help but admire the spirit by which our team sprung into action to make sure that we continued to support not only those we serve, but our own team as well. Though we have enjoyed unprecedented success over the past several years, JCYC has always tried to prepare for tough times. Thanks to the ongoing support of the City of San Francisco and our own efforts to be prudent during the good times, I am happy to share that we continue to retain all of our current workforce. I am so grateful to our administrative team who have kept our operations running seamlessly despite having to scramble to set up systems remotely. Not surprisingly, our program staff have performed at inspiring levels. In the coming weeks, we will highlight the many ways that our programs have continued to stay connected and serve our children and youth. While the transition was challenging at times, I have been amazed by the thoughtful and creative solutions our people have executed in a remarkable short period of time. The very first Zoom session I saw with our Chibi Chan Preschool teachers and the children from our schools was an overwhelming delight to witness. To hear and see so many of our youth engaging with our program staff in positive and productive ways reaffirms my admiration for the resiliency of young people who have been denied so many precious, milestone moments. While crisis brings out the best in us, it unfortunately also brings out the worst. As much as I am heartened by the ingenuity of our people at JCYC, I am equally dismayed by the ignorance of racial scapegoating and xenophobia that we are witnessing throughout this country. It has become clear that leaders in this country will do anything to avoid accountability and deflect blame to others. It is certainly understandable that many are feeling distress and frustration over the current pandemic. However, blaming others for our misfortune has led to unspeakable tragedies and some of the most egregious civil liberties violations in the history of this country. I am calling on all of us to do better and to be the best versions of ourselves right now. Despite the misguided animosity on display today, I remain hopeful that we will continue to learn and evolve into a nation that lifts one another up. Fortunately, I am blessed to see this on a daily basis at JCYC, and as audacious as this sounds, the rest of this country could learn something from our compassion and humanity. Sincerely, Jon Osaki

A Message from the Executive Director

NAVIGATION
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) 346-1948

A Message from the

Executive Director

May 2020 March 17th, 2020 opened a strange new world for JCYC. What I and many had hoped was a concerning but distant problem had suddenly shut down our entire city and ultimately our entire country. While all of us at JCYC are mindful of our own personal safety and the health of our loved ones, I can not help but admire the spirit by which our team sprung into action to make sure that we continued to support not only those we serve, but our own team as well. Though we have enjoyed unprecedented success over the past several years, JCYC has always tried to prepare for tough times. Thanks to the ongoing support of the City of San Francisco and our own efforts to be prudent during the good times, I am happy to share that we continue to retain all of our current workforce. I am so grateful to our administrative team who have kept our operations running seamlessly despite having to scramble to set up systems remotely. Not surprisingly, our program staff have performed at inspiring levels. In the coming weeks, we will highlight the many ways that our programs have continued to stay connected and serve our children and youth. While the transition was challenging at times, I have been amazed by the thoughtful and creative solutions our people have executed in a remarkable short period of time. The very first Zoom session I saw with our Chibi Chan Preschool teachers and the children from our schools was an overwhelming delight to witness. To hear and see so many of our youth engaging with our program staff in positive and productive ways reaffirms my admiration for the resiliency of young people who have been denied so many precious, milestone moments. While crisis brings out the best in us, it unfortunately also brings out the worst. As much as I am heartened by the ingenuity of our people at JCYC, I am equally dismayed by the ignorance of racial scapegoating and xenophobia that we are witnessing throughout this country. It has become clear that leaders in this country will do anything to avoid accountability and deflect blame to others. It is certainly understandable that many are feeling distress and frustration over the current pandemic. However, blaming others for our misfortune has led to unspeakable tragedies and some of the most egregious civil liberties violations in the history of this country. I am calling on all of us to do better and to be the best versions of ourselves right now. Despite the misguided animosity on display today, I remain hopeful that we will continue to learn and evolve into a nation that lifts one another up. Fortunately, I am blessed to see this on a daily basis at JCYC, and as audacious as this sounds, the rest of this country could learn something from our compassion and humanity. Sincerely, Jon Osaki