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Families in Transition: October 2023 Newsletter

Scholarship & Spooky Season

Welcome to the beginning of our FIT scholarship, and have a fun spooky season this October with our FIT opportunities for the month! Read on to learn more about upcoming fun, informative FIT program events, resources, and information.



This is a reminder to everyone who is accepted or waitlisted in the FIT High School Scholarship Program to fill out the waiver and email it to us in order to participate in the program. If you have any questions or want to verify your acceptance status, please contact us at



🥮 Mooncake Making Event 🥮

Thank you to our 11 students who joined our Mooncake Making Event on a sunny Saturday morning on September 2th for a volunteering event with us. For this Mooncake Making Event, we partnered with the Chinese Newcomer’s Association. Seniors were paired with students to make mooncakes for the Autumn Moon Festival. The professional pastry chefs at iCafe were invited to teach the group how to make red bean mooncakes. Also, this cultural exchange was filmed and broadcasted to Chinese national news network, CCTV.


🙂 Meet and Greet 🙂

Thank you to our 13 scholars who joined our Meet and Greet event on a sunny Sunday on September 17th to learn more about CCSC and to meet other scholarship applicants. We hope the scholars all had fun getting to meet new people. Making spaghetti towers with one another required a lot of collaboration and coordination, and it was amazing to see all the tall towers that were made. Afterwards, scholars celebrated by making and eating their own handmade pizzas.

If you attended these events and want access to more photos from them, please reach out to us at



🎃🍭 Global Candy & Story Exchange - Workshop 🍭🎃

To celebrate the beginning of the spooky season, we are hosting a Global Candy & Story Exchange on Sunday, October 8th from 10:00AM to 12:00PM. Students will get to do fun arts and crafts, share candy, and exchange scary stories from different cultures. Since this is a candy exchange event, please make sure to bring some of your own candy to share with others. The location of this event is at:

735 Commercial Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94108

This event counts for 1 FIT Scholarship workshop credit. Sign up using this link here.


👻 The Great HauntWay - Volunteer 👻

We have an exciting volunteer event in partnership with the Great Highway Park. Students have the chance to set up for the Great Hauntway, a Halloween trick-or-treat event for everyone to enjoy.

On Sunday, October 29th from 10:00AM to 12:30PM, we will meet up at a location near the Upper Great Highway between Judah and Taraval. The location is TBD, so please look out forward to an email with further details.

This event counts for 1 FIT Scholarship volunteer credit. Sign up using this link here.



🇮🇹 Italian Heritage Parade 🇮🇹

Celebrate San Francisco's Italian American community with the Italian heritage Festival & Parade on Sunday, October 8 at 10AM to 1PM. The Italian Heritage Parade is San Francisco’s oldest civic event, dating back to 1868. Everyone is welcome to watch this parade located at:

Little Italy

Fisherman’s Wharf to North Beach District

San Francisco, CA 94111

The parade begins at 12:30PM at the corner of Jefferson and Powell Street. It will make its way from block to block until it reaches the North Beach District, also known as Little Italy. The route will circle back to Washington Square Park where a family-friendly festival will take place.


🎨 Youth Art Exchange Community Open House 🎨

Sunday, October 15th at 1PM to 4PM marks the beginning of a new location for the Youth Art Exchange Studios at La Fénix. The Youth Art Exchange invites everyone to join in the celebration of its Community Open House to view their newly owned space with specialized classrooms, galleries, and space to hang out and make art. This open house is located at:

1950 Mission St.

San Francisco, CA 94103

This event includes making art, workshops, studio tours, special guests, and live performances. You can also visit the Youth Art Exchange’s various locations Monday through Thursday from 10:00AM to 6:30PM for a space to hang out and make art with others. For more information, visit


🎙️ Potrero Hill R&B Festival 🎙️

Join in to this year’s Potrero Hill Rhythm & Blues Festival on Saturday, October 21st from 10AM to 4PM. This FREE festival celebrates the Potrero community with over 4 blocks of live music, food, family, and fun for all ages. The festival is located on:

20th St. & Connecticut St.

San Francisco CA 94018

The Potrero Hill R&B Festival benefits the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, Portero Hill’s local community center that provides essential services to those in need.



💻 DCYF Opportunities for Youth 💻

The San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and their Families compiles a list of all its partners and agencies that offer a wide range of opportunities for youth ages 14-24. The opportunities available include developing new skills, delving deeper into interest, receiving funding for youth-led projects, and connecting with different communities. This page is updated frequently, so the information is up to date. Some examples of opportunities include:

  • SFUSD’s Financial Aid and Scholarships Page: resources about financial aid for San Francisco students, including direct links to scholarship opportunities, videos about financial aid, timelines, worksheets, and lots more

  • UCSF Brainchange Study: participating in a free 12-week mindfulness training and potentially earning up to $295 in gift cards

  • ACE Mentor Program: a free after school program for high school students to explore building industry fields such as architecture, construction, and engineering

  • CodeWizardsHQ: online coding classes for kids and teens designed to give students the programming knowledge, skills, and confidence to thrive in a digital world.

The webpage for DCYF’s collection contains many more opportunities and is linked here:


📝 SFPL Free College Prep Classes 📝

The San Francisco Public Library is partnering with Study Smart Tutors to offer free virtual college prep classes to high school students attending school in San Francisco. These college prep classes are taught by veteran instructors who are dedicated to providing individual experiences to each student. There are various courses and topics including: SAT Test Prep, ACT Test Prep, SAT Single Subject Test Prep, College Essay Writing Prep, Career Exploration & College Majors, Effective Interview Skills, and more. To find out more information or register for classes, sign up through this link:



🍂 Indigenous Peoples’ Day 🍂

In 2021, President Joe Biden proclaimed Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a national holiday. This change in name from Columbus Day celebrates the land, language, spirit, knowledge, and traditions of indigenous people across America. The purpose of Indigenous Peoples’ day is to honor the first inhabitants of America and the Tribal Nations that continue to make up America. This year, Indigenous Peoples’ Day falls on October 9, 2023.

Below are some insightful links with more information about Indigenous Peoples’ Day:


🌕 October Hunter’s Moon 🌕

For the month of October, the full moon called the Hunter’s Moon will rise for several nights starting on Friday, October 27th. The Hunter’s Moon will reach peak illumination at 7:24PM on Saturday, October 28th. During this time, animals begin to fatten up in preparation for the winter season. This moon cycle is called the Hunter’s Moon because it is a signal for hunters to prepare for the upcoming cold winter by going hunting. The Hunter’s Moon is also called the Sanguine Moon or Blood moon, associated with the blood from hunting or the color of the changing autumn leaves.


💬 Quote of the Month 💬


Charity Cultural Services Center

731-747 Commercial St, San Francisco, CA, 94108

415-989-8224 | website: | email:

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