Everyday Superheroes at GLIDE’S Family, Youth, and Childcare Center

ImageStaff and students from the Janice Mirikitani GLIDE Family, Youth, and Childcare Center (FYCC) recently spent  developing new super powers, protecting the GLIDE family from threatening villains, and designing the flashiest and most aero-dynamic outfits imaginable.

Will FYCC be transitioning into a superhero training facility?!?! The superhero focus was one of several two-week curriculum themes chosen jointly by staff and students based on students’ interests that give extra flavor to summer days at FYCC. Other themes such as  “Ocean” and “Around the World “ have provided equal excitement as well.  As all of the staff and kids from grades K-5 participated in special “super” activities, FYCC continued what they do best: providing a stimulating, fun environment for kids to grow, learn, and develop skills that will empower them for a lifetime.

The many Marvel-ous activities that took place throughout these couple of weeks included superhero-themed art projects led by FYCC’s Creative Arts director, Candice Jacobs.  During week one, kindergarten students engaged in a delightful game of make-believe as they created their own superhero masks to mimic those of their favorite characters. The next week, they spent time in art class discussing “real-life” super heroes. The kindergarteners had a lot of ideas when asked about the heroes in their lives, including:

            “Miss Brittany and Miss Candice and Miss Selina, because they help me do stuff.”

            “My Dad, because he is nice and reads books to me.”

            “My brother and sister because they help take care of me.”

            “My Dad, because he cleans me.”

            “My mom helps me read!”

Along with the kindergarten art class, the other grade level art classes also discussed real-life heroes before beginning a special portraiture project. The students specifically discussed heroes of FYCC, which then inspired beautiful portraits of GLIDE’s iconic leadership including Co-Founders Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani along with Joyce Hayes who came in 1971 and was instrumental in the development of children’s programs at GLIDE. Image

Kindergarten students show off their new superhero identities.

Image

ImageArt class provides a crucial outlet for children to express themselves and explore new perspectives of their world, both values that FYCC fosters in many other areas of programming as well. For example, graduate students from the California Institute of Internal Studies (CIIS) conduct weekly expressive arts therapy sessions with FYCC students. The various theatrical, musical, and visual arts activities the CIIS students lead at FYCC help facilitate socio-emotional learning, or how kids learn to communicate emotions in a social setting. For extra excitement during one superhero week, the CIIS student visit even coincided with FYCC’s superhero dress-up day, providing endless opportunities for magical make-believe and expressive fun!

ImageImageImageImage

FYCC students draw “real-life” super hero portraits.

Additional hero-themed learning continued both in and out of GLIDE’s FYCC building. In Katie Perdue’s first and second grade classroom, students enjoyed making hero capes and themed classroom decorations as well as participating in creative storytelling and writing.  Several students also learned about heroes in our community during a visit with local firefighters. 

Image

Image

If anyone were to ask an FYCC youth about their thoughts on superhero week, they would surely hear rave reviews. However, this fun period of the summer is only a small portion of the magic that happens all year at FYCC. Each day is filled with carefully planned programming, from classroom learning to arts programs, field trips, and special celebrations.  In fact, when FYCC participant Jamesha was asked why he likes attending the summer program, he exclaimed, “Because it’s like a vacation every day!” Teachers and staff members at FYCC understand the value of character development as well as academic learning in a fun, safe, and engaging environment. Their commitment to providing this atmosphere to kids in the Tenderloin is obvious. FYCC’s work in empowering children to reach their potential is greater than any superhero power one may find in a comic book. So, though many kids enjoyed dressing up during superhero week as Wonder Woman or Spiderman, we at GLIDE acknowledge some true heroes in our children’s lives: FYCC teachers and staff.  

Image

An FYCC student sporting her new superhero cape.Image

Image

Super CIIS students prepared for dress-up day!Image

FYCC’s Creative Arts Director, Candice Jacobs, as the Taino chief Anacaona from the period of Christopher Columbus on hero dress-up day! FYCC staff never misses a teaching opportunity!

 

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

GLIDE Instagram
Joyce Hayes, celebrating life, love and GLIDE with @doricamino and @edenchanstreetscooper at the 2014 Holiday Jam. A retro photo of Joyce Hayes, a true GLIDE hero, who so strongly believed in supporting children and providing them with stability, education and #unconditionallove. GLIDE regrets to tell our community that Joyce Hayes, an icon in our history and childcare program, passed away on Tuesday, 5/23/2017. Her life, love and legacy will not be forgotten. 
Please take a moment to read this tribute to our beloved "Joy": glidesf.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/in-memory-of-joyce-hayes-the-heartbeat-of-glides-fycc/ Shout-out @blueshieldofca volunteers! Our Harm Reduction Team always needs people to help assemble safer injection kits. Distributing these kits to our community members who inject drugs greatly reduces the spread of Hep C and HIV. It's about #publichealth and recognizing the dignity and human rights of ALL people living in our city! #harmreduction #cleansharps

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 23,448 other followers

%d bloggers like this: