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Families in Transition: May 2024 Newsletter

Updated: May 2

May Momentum

Time continues to fly by, and another month arrives! We are heading into May with a positive momentum to push through the last month of school and into summer. Read on to learn more about upcoming fun, informative FIT program events, resources, and information.

 

GRATITUDE CENTER

💃 Shake it off! Workshop 💃

Thank you to our 10 participants who joined CCDC’s Shake it Off! Stress Management Workshop Event on a sunny Thursday afternoon on April 14th during Spring Break. We hope that everyone learned more about mental health and ways to manage stress. Also, thank you to the Chinatown Child Development Center for hosting this interactive event and providing snacks and beverages.

 

🌸 Cherry Blossom Festival Volunteering 🌸

Thank you to our 14 volunteers who joined our Cherry Blossom Festival Volunteer Event on a sunny Sunday on April 21st to facilitate the 57th Annual Northern Cherry Blossom Festival Event. We hope you found it fun and fulfilling to teach community members how to sort their trash. You all worked really hard in the heat and sun to bring joy and a learning experience to the families and community members that attended the event. 

 

THIS MONTH’S FIT OPPORTUNITIES

🎞️ AAPI Movie Screening - Workshop 🎞️

Celebrate AAPI Month with a movie screening for the documentary, Rally.  More information about the movie:


Exploring ​how the once marginalized community of San Francisco’s Chinatown has evolved to now wield ​considerable political power though the life of Rose Pak, RALLY presents an unvarnished look at one of the most ​confounding and unapologetic figures ever to stand up for justice and fair representation. The ​film offers up a dynamic portrait of securing a confident voice at the table with significant, ​lasting implications for other under-represented communities – both within, and far beyond, ​the city.


Time: Saturday, May 11 at 1PM

Location: Chinese Culture Center | 750 Kearny St., 3rd Floor., San Francisco, CA 94108


*This event counts for (1) FIT workshop credit. To sign up for this event, fill out the Google Form linked here.

 

🎨 Growing Together Day - Volunteer 🎨

Contribute to painting the community park mural at the Candlestick Park by volunteering during their Grow Together Day! At this volunteer event, you help paint the mural according to a paint-by-numbers artist sketch and maintain cleanliness of the area. Listed below are the event details:


Time: Saturday, May 18th from 12PM to 3PM

Location: Candlestick Park | 500 Hunters Point Expressway, San Francisco, CA 94124


*This event counts for (1) FIT volunteer credit. To sign up for this event, fill out the Google Form linked here.

 

LOCAL EVENTS

🐲 Cameron Carnival 🐲

The Cameron Carnival is a day of family-friendly games, activities, and food. The event will happen on Saturday, May 4th from 12:00PM to 7:00PM at 920 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, 94108. The event is free for all, and activities include a dunk tank, games to win a goldfish, concessions, and bumper cars. In the evening at 4:30PM, there will be a paid dinner and screening for the documentary “Chinatown Rising”, along with a Q&A section with the directors, Harry and Josh Chuck.

 

🇹🇼 Taiwanese American Cultural Festival 🇹🇼 

Join the West Coast’s largest Taiwanese American celebration, the Taiwanese American Cultural Festival, on Saturday, May 11th from 10AM to 4PM at San Francisco’s Union Square. This event is a free and family-friendly festival showcasing Taiwanese culture, food, entertainment, activities, and more. Since 1993, this annual festival has drawn in thousands of visitors from all over the world to experience Taiwan’s unique cultural heritage and to recognize the contributions of Taiwanese Americans today.  During this day-long celebration, there will be live performances, kid-friendly activity booths, lion dances, musical numbers, and food vendors. 

 

🎆 Carnaval Festival & Parade 🎆

The Carnaval Festival is a free, two-day event that covers 17 blocks of the Mission District on the weekend of May 25 to 26. There will be 5 main stages, 50 local performing artists, and 400 vendors. In addition, the festival will have international food, dancing, sampling sites, and live entertainment. There will be a Grand Parade that covers over 20 blocks of San Francisco’s Latino Cultural District in the mission with a 60-contingent lineup and over 3,000 artists representing the cultural heritages of Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Bolivia, Cuba, Peru, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago, Guatemala, El Salvador, and more. Since the festival first started in 1979, it has grown to attract more than 400,000 people every year as the largest multicultural celebration in California. 

 

RESOURCES

🏙️ San Francisco Youth Commission 🏙️

Get the chance to serve as an official youth voice in City hall as a part of the San Francisco Youth Commission. This group consists of 17 diverse young people between the ages of 12 and 23 years old, a resident of the City and County of San Francisco, and someone who has an understanding of the needs of young people in San Francisco, any experience with children and youth programs or youth organizations, or involvement with school or community activities.


Throughout their year-long term, Commissioners are offered policy and budget advocacy training, leadership development skills, and one-on-one support as they identify the unmet needs of young people, engage in community building, and create lasting change in their communities. Commissioners come from all different backgrounds, but they all share a common vision of a more progressive future and engage in different approaches to work on issues such as civic engagement, education, homelessness, housing, LGBTQ+, public transportation, recreational spaces, transformative justice, and more!


Applications are due by May 10, 2024. For more information, visit this website.

 

🏞️ Rotary Youth Leadership Academy 🏞️

Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) is a transformative, five-day residential camp for high school students supported by local Rotary clubs.  RYLA develops youth leadership skills, promotes personal development and encourages mental well-being through the friendships and fun at camp.

RYLA takes place July 28 to August 2, 2024 at the beautiful Redwood Glen camp facility in Scotts Valley near Santa Cruz.  RYLA is free for all students, thanks to the support of local Rotary clubs. Rotary also organizes buses to and from camp.

RYLA is open to all current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors at the time of application and who live or study in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin counties.  No leadership experience required. All students who apply are accepted to the camp, subject to availability.

Applications are due by May 15, 2024. For more information, visit Rotary Youth Leadership Academy’s website.

 

📖 FOG Readers Volunteer Tutors 📖

If you are age 15 and up, you can volunteer with SFPL to be a FOG Reader. FOG Readers is a 1:1 tutoring program for children enrolled in grades 1-4 who are working on fundamental reading skills. Tutors are matched with one individual student, and are asked to meet with their students weekly for 30-min to 1-hour sessions.  In addition to the instructional time, on average tutors spent 30-60 minutes preparing for each session. 


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, visit SFPL’s website.

 

☀️ Opportunities for all Summer 2024 Internships ☀️

Opportunities for All (OFA) provides access to career exploration and workforce development for San Francisco’s youth and young adults. The initiative includes paid internships, mentorship, and pathways to employment, including job readiness, career training, and apprenticeship for participants. Applicants must be San Francisco Residents and/or SFUSD students between the ages of 13 - 24.

The application period will be open through the end of May 2024, but you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. For more information, visit this website.

 

🎓 Marie Harrison Environmental Justice Scholarship 🎓

The Marie Harrison Environmental Justice Scholarship was created by Aieann Harrison to continue the legacy of her mother, Marie Harrison. Marie Harrison is an environmental justice leader and supporter of impacted youth. The goal of this $5000 scholarship is to support college students with a passion for improving environmental health and air quality in the overburdened frontline communities of the Bay Area. Selection criteria are listed below:

  • Demonstrate acceptance to a post-secondary school, academic institution, college, or university.

  • Demonstrate need for financial assistance to attend post-secondary school.

  • Attended high school within the Bay Area of Northern California.

  • Resided in a neighborhood impacted by environmental pollution.

  • Applicants interested in social justice, environmental science, environmental justice, law, policy and urban planning are preferred


The deadline for the application is Friday, May 31st. For more information and the application, visit this website.

 

INSIGHTS

💗 Mother’s Day 💗

Mother’s Day is a time of celebration in more than 100 countries meant to recognize the selfless dedication and unwavering support from mothers all over the world. Below are some insights on Mother’s Day:

  • Mother’s Day became an official holiday in 1914. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday of every May to be Mother’s Day. Wilson stated in his first Mother’s Day proclamation that this holiday was a chance to express “our love and reverence for the mothers of our country”.

  • Mother’s Day does not fall on the same day each year. Since Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May, it is a different day every year!

  • The holiday is celebrated in different months depending on where you are in the world. While Mother’s Day is celebrated in May in the United States, Canada, Australia and numerous other countries, this is not the case in Eastern Europe and several Arab nations. In Eastern Europe, Mother’s Day is celebrated on International Women’s Day (March 8th). In Arab nations, Mother’s Day happens on the day of Spring Equinox (March 21).

  • Around 122 million phone calls are made worldwide on Mother’s Day every year. This is more phone calls than on any other day of the year!

  • Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants in the United States. In the post-pandemic era, there has been a 103% increase in consumer spending at restaurants and exceedingly increasing demand for dining out during the Mother’s Day weekend.

 

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

 

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