Commonwealth Club of CA “Building A Future Of Black And Asian Coalition” In-Person Panel Event

On June 7th, JCYC Executive Director Jon Osaki and an all-star cast of Black and Asian American leaders participated on the Commonwealth Club of California’s “Building A Future Of Black And Asian Coalition” in-person panel discussion. The event was co-moderated by Michelle Meow, Producer and Host of “The Michelle Meow Show” and Derick Brown, Senior Director of the University of San Francisco’s Leo T. McCarthy Center. Jon was joined by the following panelists:

  • Renard Monroe, Founder and Executive Director of Youth 1st and President and Founding Member of Invest Black;
  • Shakirah Simley, Executive Director of the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center; and
  • Sarah Wan, Executive Director of the Community Youth Center. 

The panelists explored the need for and examples of solidarity between the Asian and Black communities. Jon commented on the key issues discussed during the panel and history of solidarity in San Francisco’s Western Addition: “The Black and Japanese American community in the Western Addition has a history of living and working together, lifting each other up and we are very proud of that.”
Check out the powerful discussion between our Asian and Black leaders here https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/archive/video/building-future-black-and-asian-coalition.


SF Department of Children, Youth, and their Families Spotlights JCYC

The San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and their Families (DCYF) spotlighted JCYC through their We Are The City Spotlight campaign during their April Board Meeting.

DCYF is one of JCYC’s leading program grantors, and we are fortunate and honored that DCYF not only continues to provide vital funding to JCYC’s programs but also raised us up through their We Are The City Spotlight.

Each month, DCYF selects one of their grantee organizations to spotlight, and April was JCYC’s month to shine. The spotlight opened up with select members of JCYC’s leadership team joining DCYF’s Fireside Chat as a guest during DCYF’s April All Staff meeting. JCYC Executive Director Jon Osaki, Director of Youth Workforce Programs Alvin Woo, and Program Director of Youth Development Erika Tamura had a wonderful discussion with the DCYF team. Check out the video of the Fireside Chat here https://bit.ly/3Pjogek.

Following the Fireside Chat, DCYF also highlighted JCYC through a Medium article here https://sf-dcyf.medium.com/we-are-the-city-spotlight-japanese-community-youth-council-17ed76dea9ff. Read the article now to learn more about JCYC’s founding and mission, evolution of our organization in the Japantown and wider Bay Area communities, and an overview of our core programs. Thank you DCYF for your continued partnership!


JCYC College Access Programs’ Newly Renovated Office

JCYC College Access Programs (JCYC CAP) has relocated to a new location on the second floor of the Buddhist Church of America (BCA) offices on Octavia Street in San Francisco! Located at 1710 Octavia Street, the newly renovated space is made up of 4 medium-to-large office rooms, a small waiting and reception area, a kitchen, 2 gender-neutral restrooms, a shared conference room on the third floor, and a comfortable breakroom for JCYC staff and advisors to enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation during their busy workday. JCYC and the JCYC CAP team are very grateful for the support from Community Vision and funding from the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative to help make this happen.

JCYC CAP’s former office location in San Francisco, on Post Street had one large open plan for all 25 Educational Advisors to operate. With the new BCA location, the 4 office rooms containing 5-7 desks each is a welcomed upgrade. Improvements to the third floor conference room are also underway, which will be used by JCYC CAP for large student-parent events and staff meetings. 

The office space currently hosts JCYC CAP’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) and San Francisco College Access Center (SFCAC) Educational Advisors and the Administrative Team. While Educational Advisors are scheduled to work at their respective school-sites throughout the week, the office is a space where they can pick up supplies, drop off paperwork, participate in in-person staff meetings, and/or use as a work space. Currently, JCYC CAP’s monthly staff meetings are virtual as the need continues to ensure the health and safety of the staff.

Emalyn Lapus, the Administrative Director of JCYC CAP, is excited about the new site, “First, I am thankful for the support that JCYC Executive Director Jon Osaki and Deputy Director Julie Matsueda provided by obtaining external funding to pay for renovations and upgrades for this new office. I am also thankful to JCYC Fiscal and Admin Coordinator Carol Tam for her time and assistance with managing the relocation logistics. The new office with its many windows allows much natural lighting and is generating vibrancy for staff. ”

For more information about JCYC CAP’s new site, please contact Program Director of JCYC CAP Gina Gutierrez at ggutierrez@jcyc.org or Associate Director Arleen Garcia at agarcia@jcyc.org.


Give to JCYC’s Chibi Chan Preschools this May!

JCYC’s Chibi Chan Preschools need your support this May to help us deliver vital childcare services – please donate today here!
In celebration of AAPI Heritage Month and this year’s Give in May “Forging Community Bonds” campaign, the Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) would sincerely appreciate your consideration of a contribution to our organization this May. Your contribution will help JCYC’s Chibi Chan Preschools rise above the financial challenges Chibi Chan continues to face as a result of the pandemic.
While both Chibi Chan Preschool and Chibi Chan Too staff have worked tirelessly to transition both preschool sites to full-time, in-person care, the ongoing lingering effects of and instability caused by the pandemic has resulted in constant changes in enrollment. Reopening our preschools involved complex challenges to re-organize space to maximize safety and comply with social distancing requirements, securing adequate personal protective equipment, and establishing new safety protocols.
We are hopeful that our many friends and supporters, like you, will consider lending a helping hand to our organization during this difficult time by donating to JCYC’s Chibi Chan Preschools this Give in May.
Please support our cause by donating this Give in May here!


JCYC College Access Programs’ Upward Bound SoCal College Trip

Over Spring Break, JCYC College Access Programs’ Upward Bound students went on their first SoCal College Tour in two years! 
A group of over 40 Juniors and Seniors from the high schools we serve got the chance to check out and explore different types of SoCal college campuses and interact with other first generation college students. The 4-day trip began with a stop at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, as the group made their way down to Los Angeles. The students then toured the campuses of UCLA, USC, Claremont McKenna College, UC Riverside, and UC Merced. Additionally, students were able to visit other iconic SoCal attractions like the Santa Monica Pier, where some students braved the roller coaster rides and others enjoyed the delicious funnel cakes and pier views.

With our Seniors preparing to decide on their college of choice, and our Juniors starting to think about which campuses they will be applying to next year, this trip was a great opportunity for them to envision themselves walking through these college campuses and gave them a chance to reflect on what aspects of college life they care about when deciding on a college campus. Students came back with a stronger sense of what college life actually looks like, as well as with cool swag from each of the campuses!

Learn more about JCYC Upward Bound by visiting our website here


Hellman & Friedman Raises $24,900 for JCYC’s Chibi Chan Preschools

This past November, Hellman & Friedman, a global San Francisco headquartered private equity firm, selected JCYC to be one of their company’s three end of year fundraising campaign beneficiaries. Hellman & Friedman sought out a San Francisco Bay Area based non-profit working with children and youth from communities of color. Fortunately, JCYC was an organization that repeatedly appeared throughout their research. Given the breadth of programs the organization offers, Hellman & Friedman selected JCYC to be a beneficiary of Hellman & Friedman’s “Giving through the Generations” end of year fundraising campaign. In addition to JCYC, two other non-profits were selected who serve the adult and senior populations.

Hellman & Friedman’s community and network raised an astounding $12,450 for JCYC through 31 donations! Hellman & Friedman’s generosity did not stop there – the company also matched the $12,450 raised, which brought the total raised to $24,900! Funds from this campaign will support JCYC’s Chibi Chan Preschools who continue to navigate the many challenges of providing child care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hellman & Friedman team, community, and network believe that individuals and businesses should all strive for – thoughtfulness, selflessness, warmth, and solidarity – even during the tough times we continue to face. JCYC is incredibly grateful for the extraordinary generosity of Hellman & Friedman and their demonstration of leadership as stewards of generosity and solidarity in our community.


Bay Area Day of Remembrance 2022 – 80 Years After Executive Order 9066: Register Today

Bay Area Day of Remembrance 2022 is the 80th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. This year’s event will be held virtually on Saturday, February 19th from 5:00 – 6:30pm via Zoom, and you can register here!
JCYC’s Executive Director, Jon Osaki, is honored to be this year’s Keynote Speaker, and he will be joined by other extraordinary headliners including Dr. Emily Murase, Karen Kai & Robert Rusky, Anthony Brown – Lauren Ito – Jerry Waki, and the Japanese American Religious Federation (JARF).
Please join us in our effort to support Black, Japanese, and Latin American reparations and to continue building solidarity between our communities!


JCYC’s 2nd Annual Thomatra Scott Scholarship: Empower Our Black Youth by Donating this Black History Month!

In February 2022, JCYC will once again launch the Thomatra Scott Scholarship Fund in honor of Black History Month. The goal of this scholarship fund is to help our Black youth pursue higher education.

Last year JCYC was able to award college scholarship funding to 15 of our outstanding Black youth participants in 2021 based on their academic achievement, community involvement, and financial need.

Donate this Black History Month by clicking here to help us carry on Scotty’s legacy as an advocate for education and human rights issues.

Please note, on JCYC’s donation page, please select the Thomatra Scott Scholarship in the dropdown options. You can also mail a check to JCYC (2012 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA 94115), directing it for the Thomatra Scott Scholarship.


BTWCSC and JCYC Premiere Reparations

On Friday, December 3rd, the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center (BTWCSC) and JCYC co-hosted the San Francisco premiere of Jon Osaki’s award-winning documentary, Reparations. The in-person screening was the first opportunity for the BTWCSC to welcome the community back into their facility and was attended by a multi-generational audience.

The event was an important acknowledgement of the rich history of solidarity between the Black and Japanese American communities in San Francisco’s Western Addition. Following the film, BTWCSC Executive Director Shakirah Simley, Jon Osaki and SF Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton participated in a powerful and enlightening post-screening panel discussion which was moderated by SF Human Rights Commission Executive Director Sheryl Davis.

During the panel, Jon shared that the inspiration for the film was drawn from organizations such as the BTWCSC which has a long history of working in solidarity with the Japanese American community. During WWII, the BTWCSC served as caretakers for the Kinmon Gakuen Japanese language school and used the facility to store and protect the possessions of many Japanese American families while they were incarcerated in American concentration camps. He also shared his admiration for the BTWCSC, which after the war, had the courage and foresight to hire Japanese American social worker named Toshi Koba. Ms. Koba would serve youth for decades and eventually mentor another young social worker named Yori Wada. Several references and stories about Mr. Wada were made during the discussion for his iconic career as a community leader in both the Black and Japanese American communities.

To watch the entire panel discussion, go to: https://vimeo.com/655444753 (video credit: Monks Media Works, Greg Viloria).

About The Reparations Documentary

Reparations explores the four-century struggle to seek repair and atonement for slavery in the United States. Black and Asian Americans reflect on the legacy of slavery, the inequities that persist, and the critical role that solidarity between communities has in acknowledging and addressing systemic racism in America.Co-sponsors of the December 3rd premiere include (partial list): Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, SF Chapter and NCWNP Regional Office of the Japanese American Citizens League, Japanese American Religious Federation, Japanese Community and Cultural Center of Northern California, Japantown Community Benefit District and the Nihonmachi Street Fair.To download a complete version of JCYC Up Close: BTWCSC and JCYC Premiere Reparations, click here.