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Jun-19-2020

“We Are Here for You”

GLIDE’s Family, Youth and Childcare Center staff support families through exceptionally challenging times Despite needing to temporarily pause all on-site programming, GLIDE’s Family Youth and Childcare Center (FYCC) has been busy supporting its families in ways tailored to the particular challenges—and increasing need—brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. From the first days of the shelter-in-place

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Jan-08-2020

All about the Families

Education Director La Monica Hopkins reflects on 20 years at GLIDE’s Family, Youth and Childcare Center It has been over 20 years since La Monica Hopkins first joined the staff at GLIDE’s Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth and Childcare Center (FYCC), but her connection to GLIDE goes back much further. There have been many changes at

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Jun-06-2019

School’s Out, GLIDE’s Summer Program Is In!

A look at what our community’s kids and parents can count on. Summertime is almost here—a time when children suddenly have seemingly endless hours of free time. But what do the working parents of low-income families do about childcare once school is let out? It’s no secret that the cost of childcare in San Francisco,

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Mar-02-2018

Raising Children in Community

March 2, 2018 We are kicking off the first Friday of Women’s History Month with the words of one of the amazing mothers in our community who sends her children to GLIDE’s Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth and Childcare Center (FYCC). Gabby emigrated to San Francisco from Guadalajara, Mexico 15 years ago, and, like hundreds of

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May-26-2017

In Loving Memory of Joyce Hayes, the "heartbeat" of GLIDE’s FYCC

On May 23, 2017, an irreplaceable member of the GLIDE family and essential figure in our organization’s history passed away. Joyce June Hayes first came to GLIDE in 1971 as a church member, and quickly became instrumental in developing GLIDE’s early children’s programs, which later became the Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth and Childcare Center in

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Oct-12-2016

Target Aims for Community Wellness

This past July, GLIDE’s Family, Youth + Childcare Center was honored to receive a Target Youth Wellness Grant, one of many such grants given nationwide, as Target aims to promote and inspire access to healthy eating and active living. For the kids in GLIDE’s afterschool and summer program, the grant is bringing new opportunities for

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Feb-03-2016

A Family Embraced

GLIDE means so much to so many people in need: a free meal or legal advice; HIV/Hep C testing and treatment; access to temporary or permanent housing; a warm embrace, or nurturing of the soul with hope and joy at Sunday Celebration. A lesser-known but equally vital program among GLIDE’s myriad offerings is the Janice

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Aug-22-2013

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

Staff 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

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Jun-25-2013

Shout Out GLIDE’s Pre-Kindergarten Class of 2013!

The GLIDE Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth, and Childcare Center (FYCC) celebrated this year’s Pre-Kindergarten class graduation on Friday, June 20 in the Preschool room. Thirteen students took part in a brief ceremony attended by their family members and FYCC staff, followed by cake and celebration. The FYCC staff gives a big shout out – “Congratulations

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May-09-2013

Joyce Hayes: Epitome of Motherhood

Joyce Hayes first came to GLIDE in 1971 as a church member and soon became instrumental in developing our early children’s programs, which later became the Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth, and Childcare Center (FYCC) in 1991. While at GLIDE, Joyce has served many roles, from resident writer to Youth Program Director, to foster mother to

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Apr-18-2013

GLIDE’s Gardens: Earth Day, Everyday

The GLIDE community celebrates Earth Day everyday from our rooftop gardens at our Family Youth and Childcare Center (FYCC), Cecil Williams Community House (CW House), and Graze the Roof, our volunteer-run edible garden at 330 Ellis. GLIDE’s gardens bring our urban community closer to nature and closer to their food sources. Each of the gardens

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Mar-21-2013

"Ah ha" Moment with Paul Chilvers

At GLIDE’s Family Youth and Childcare Center (FYCC), kids continue to learn and grow after the last school bell rings. FYCC’s After School Program provides homework help and structured enrichment activities to give kids a full and specialized after school experience. Get to know Paul Chilvers, FYCC Lead Teacher for Grades 3-5. What was your

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Mar-05-2013

GLIDE Families Create Community

GLIDE’s Family Resource Center (FRC) offers a variety of culturally appropriate family-oriented programs that give parents the tools they need to support their child’s development. Programs include family-focused activities that promote school readiness and success, build community through parent and family classes, workshops and events. The FRC also offers long-term support to families, creating deep

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Dec-24-2012

FYCC at SFO: I Design My Identity

Students who participate in GLIDE’s Family Youth and Childcare Center‘s (FYCC) Childcare and After School Program have contributed their own masterpieces to an exhibit entitled “I Design My Identity” on display now at The San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Thousands of people traveling through SFO for the holidays and collecting their belongings in the baggage

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Aug-28-2012

GLIDE’s Preschool Graduation!

Earlier this Summer, a group of GLIDE’s Family Youth and Childcare Center (FYCC) kids accomplished a major educational milestone – Preschool Graduation! It was an important day for both kids and parents, marking the first of many accomplishments in the lives of these rising stars. FYCC provides a safe and nurturing environment for kids with

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Sep-17-2012

Healing with Expressive Arts at GLIDE

In 2010, GLIDE’s Family Youth and Childcare Center (FYCC) began a partnership with the California Institute of Integral Studies‘ (CIIS) Expressive Arts Therapy department. CIIS students and alumni began working with FYCC staff, youth, and families by facilitating arts-based retreats, running expressive arts groups for children in grades three through five, counseling teens, and leading

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Mar-06-2012

Bringing the Past to the Future

by Paul Chilvers, Lead Teacher 3-5 Grade Black History Month (February) has taken many forms for me and the kids at FYCC over the years, but this year was my favorite. One of my favorite people in the world, Joyce Hayes, agreed to come in and chat with the children about her experience in the

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Feb-17-2012

Beautiful Are the Souls of My People

by Candice Jacobs, Creative Arts Lead Teacher,  Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth & Childcare Center “Beautiful Are the Souls of My People,” an exhibit of youth art from the Creative Arts program at GLIDE’s Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth and Childcare Center (FYCC) drew inspiration from the Langston Hughes poem, “My People.” The exhibit features art by

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Feb-08-2012

Our Fullest Human Potential

by Lillian Mark, Operations Manager, Community Building Division A woman who came to GLIDE homeless two years ago now finds herself at GLIDE’s 149 Mason Street Apartments and holds a part-time job as a community advocate.  She recently shared her story and closed with “Jan and Cecil, thank you for believing in your dreams, so

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Jan-20-2012

Parent Engagement in Family Programs at GLIDE

by Lucy Stelzner, Family Resource Center Coordinator With 2012 full swing, I begin to think back on what has transpired this past year within GLIDE’s Family Resource Center (FRC) at FYCC. When I do, I see images of Nam informing me that after our family cooking classes he no longer buys white bread since whole wheat

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Oct-26-2011

Helping Children Succeed

by Don Pologruto, FYCC Department Manager Walking up Ellis toward Taylor it’s hard not to miss the bell tower and neon cross of GLIDE. For decades this corner of the Tenderloin has been associated with Rev. Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani, the free Meals Program and Sunday Celebration. Over the years GLIDE’s reach into the

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Jun-14-2011

I Volunteer Because…

by Brad Gilbertson, FYCC Volunteer I volunteer as a Teacher’s Aide at GLIDE’s Family, Youth and Childcare’s After School Program because I believe that education is one of the most important building blocks and gifts we can give to our children to help them be healthy, happy and productive for their own personal benefit, as

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May-13-2011

FYCC Celebrates Mothers!

by Lucy Stelzner, Family Resource Coordinator On Friday, May 6th, the FYCC parent leadership group held a family event to celebrate mothers. The event boasted over 75 parents and children in attendance, with 29 mothers receiving recognition through applause and a rose. It was not the excitement that floated through the air or the anticipation

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Apr-07-2011

Literacy and Learning for Families at GLIDE

by Lucy Stelzner, Family Resource Coordinator The families shuffle in slowly at first and then in quick bursts of energy, chatter and anticipation. The food table begins to look fuller, as more parents drop off their contribution to the potluck for the final night of our Family Youth and Childcare Center’s Jumpstart program. The children

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Mar-11-2011

Afternoons with the Kids

by Paul Chilvers, Lead Teacher (3rd-5th grade) As the children arrive at the Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth & Childcare Center, they have been at school for hours, being told where to go, where to sit, when to talk, what to read and write.  They remind me of cartoon steam whistles at the end of a

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Dec-22-2010

Magical Creation… at FYCC

by Candice Jacobs, FYCC Creative Arts Program Leader Creating Magical Moments & Joy for All Ages… When I teach art with the children I like to ask them what is magical about them, in order to get them to focus on their voice and personal creative energy.  I asked Maria, a 3rd grader, today “What

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Dec-03-2010

A walk with the FYCC kids!

by Mira Carberry, FYCC Lead Teacher, Primary Grades The Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth, and Childcare Center (FYCC) supports families by providing childcare for children ages 2 to 5 and afterschool programming for students grades K-5.  Today, I am going to take you on a walk through a typical day with the 1st and 2nd grade

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