RSVP Today: Excellence in Education Awards

Join us on Thursday, May 23 at the Hotel Kabuki for an inspirational evening celebrating 45 years of our unwavering commitment to equitable access to higher education and the achievements of our students and educators.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click here to download our sponsorship opportunities packet and here to apply online.

For event inquiries, please contact us at eea@jcyc.org.

The JCYC College Access Programs have been connecting historically underserved youth from local public schools throughout San Francisco and Daly City with free, comprehensive, culturally competent college access services since 1979. Programs include Educational Talent Search (ETS), Upward Bound (UB), and San Francisco California Student Opportunity and Access Program (SF Cal-SOAP). You can learn more at jcyccollegeaccess.org.


Save The Date: Excellence In Education Awards!

Celebrating 45 Years of Achievement in Our Schools

The JCYC College Access Programs invite you to save the date for the inaugural Excellence in Education Awards, which will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at 5:30 PM at the Hotel Kabuki’s Sakura Room in San Francisco.

The Excellence in Education Awards will celebrate 45 years of dedication by the JCYC College Access Programs to equitable access to higher education. Awards will spotlight the achievements of pioneers from three different sectors – a school district staff member, a school staff member, and a student.

This inspirational evening is a beacon for continued support to maintain high-quality academic and educational services for students from low-income and first-generation backgrounds.

We are excited to share this celebration with our community!

For any event inquiries, please contact Emalyn Lapus at elapus@jcyc.org 



Now Accepting Applications: 2024 Thomatra Scott Scholarship

In February 2021, JCYC launched the Thomatra Scott Scholarship Fund in honor of Black History Month and to support our Black & African American youth on their path to higher education. Applications for 2024 are now open and are due on Friday, April 24 by 5:00 PM.

We seek to award youth aligned with the values of Thomatra Scott, better known as “Scotty,” who advocated for youth in education, housing, employment, human rights, prison reform, and racial justice. Scotty exemplified the values of peace, solidarity, and civic engagement. To learn more about Thomatra Scott and his legacy, click here.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Enrolled in a JCYC Program (SFCAC, UB, ETS, MYEEP, YouthWorks, JYL, Tomo, etc.) between July 1, 2023- June 30, 2024
  • Black or African American identifying
  • Intend to pursue post-secondary education
  • US Citizens, Permanent Residents, AND Undocumented students may apply

We would like to thank the JCYC Black Equity Task Force (BETF) for their efforts to create this scholarship and everyone who helped to raise funds.


JCYC Is Seeking a Finance-Focused Board Member

JCYC is looking to recruit a member for its Board of Directors who has nonprofit finance work experience at the executive level. Our annual budget is now $20 million, so an ideal candidate would be familiar with budgets exceeding this. Government grant experience would be helpful as well as JCYC receives over 90% of its revenue from government contracts. This individual would serve as an advisor to JCYC’s Fiscal Director.

Board responsibilities will include:

  • Attending monthly board meetings and participating in at least one subcommittee (in this case, the Finance Committee)
  • Participating in fundraising and strategic planning efforts on behalf of the organization.

The JCYC Board of Directors provides strategic leadership to contribute to the organization’s success. The board is legally and fiscally responsible for the organization and its activities. Typically we have over 12 board members, representing a diversity of backgrounds and interests, who serve two (2) year terms.

If you are interested please email a resume or a LinkedIn link to Sumi Fong at sfong@jcyc.org.


Giving Tuesday is on November 28!

Giving Tuesday is fast approaching! This month, we celebrate Giving Tuesday with the theme “Attitude of Gratitude”. Please consider us on November 28 to support the legacy and continued mission of JCYC.

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JCYC is Accepting Applications for Our Director of Development!

Do you have experience in nonprofit fundraising? JCYC is seeking a passionate and results-driven Director of Development to join their leadership team. The Director of Development will play a crucial role in shaping the future of our organization by leading fundraising efforts, cultivating donor relationships, and implementing strategic initiatives to support their growth and impact. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional with a proven track record in nonprofit fundraising, team leadership, and strategic planning.

To apply for this position, or for additional information on the opportunity, please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter to Victoria Silverman at apply@cooksilverman.com.


Registration Open: 2023 San Francisco Run for Hope

JCYC’s 13th Annual San Francisco Aloha Run will be both in-person and virtual! The in-person 5K, 10K and Keiki run/walk will take place on Sunday, September 24th at Crissy Field in San Francisco. Virtual runs will happen anytime between Sunday, September 24th through Sunday, October 1st.

Titled, San Francisco Aloha Run for Hope, this year’s run is focused on our aspirations for the future and young people who will one day be our community leaders. This is a unique opportunity for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to be a part of an uplifting and healthy activity that supports groups that promote a better future for all.

Our goal is to contribute to a global movement by engaging runners and walkers across the country in lifting up positive messages of hope. The 2023 SF Aloha Run for Hope is a platform for all of us to educate and lead by example through individual acts of kindness and compassion. All participants will receive a distinctive race technical t-shirt and medal.

Proceeds will provide scholarships for low-income, first-generation college students through the JCYC Scholarship Programs. These include the inaugural Julie Matsueda Believe Scholarship and the JCYC Excellence, JCYC Pathways, and Thomatra Scott scholarship programs. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at sfaloharun@jcyc.org.


Announcing the Inaugural Julie Matsueda Believe Scholarship

JCYC’s former Deputy Director, Julie Matsueda.

The Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) is extremely excited to announce the launching of a new scholarship program, the Julie Matsueda Believe Scholarship. The Believe Scholarship will provide a long-term commitment to selected preschool participants as an ongoing partner in their journey towards a healthy and productive adulthood.

After serving as JCYC’s Deputy Director for over 30 years, Julie stepped down at the end of 2022. In recognition of her lifetime commitment to service to the children and youth of JCYC, the staff of the organization are incredibly pleased and proud to create this new scholarship in her name.

The Julie Matsueda Believe Scholarship will commit long-term investments in preschool children who can substantially benefit from assistance to navigate societal and economic challenges on their journey toward fulfilling their hopes and dreams for the future.

Each year, JCYC’s Chibi Chan teachers will select up to five students to be recipients of the Believe Scholarship. Once their families accept the nomination, JCYC will make a multi-year commitment including:

  • Opening and seed funding a 529 college savings account;
  • Free annual access to JCYC’s Tomodachi Summer Program (Estimated value of $24,000 over 8 years);
  • Priority access to all services and opportunities provided by JCYC;
  • Ongoing annual contributions to the 529 account.

We would be extremely grateful if you would consider making a contribution to help us launch this new scholarship. Your support, no matter the amount, could make all the difference for our selected child recipients.

For more information, please contact our Executive Director Jon Osaki at josaki@jcyc.org or (415) 202-7918.


JCYC Chosen as a 2023 California Nonprofit of the Year!

The Japanese Community Youth Council is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2023 California Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblymember Phil Ting.

“On behalf of the Board and Staff of JCYC, we are incredibly grateful and humbled to be recognized by Assemblymember Phil Ting as a 2023 Nonprofit of the Year.” said Executive Director Jon Osaki. “Along with the other amazing non-profits who are being recognized, I’d like to thank the California State Legislature and CalNonprofits for acknowledging the vital work and role of our sector.”

JCYC and other non-profit awardees from across the state were honored at the California Nonprofits Day luncheon in Sacramento on Wednesday, June 7th.

To learn more about this award, visit the Calnonprofits website here.