Mission San Jose High School senior Isabella He is the founder of FCSN Clubs, co-founder and Tutor Coordinator of Special Needs (SN) Tutoring, and Advisor of FCSN’s online newsletter, FCSN Voices. These outstanding efforts led her to receive the title of 2021 FCSN Volunteer of the Year, selected from a pool of more than 1,200 volunteers as the top contributor. Read about Isabella’s contributions to FCSN in this spotlight article. Continue reading FCSN GYVers 2022: Isabella He
Basis Independent Silicon Valley Senior Katherine He’s family first joined FCSN in 2022, hoping to find a supportive special needs community for her brother. Since then, Katherine has developed new interactive classes for special needs individuals such as Lego Digital Design, Find Your Voice, and Life Skills, helping participants develop computer skills, improve speech and communication, and learn about finances and current events. Continue reading FCSN GYVers 2022: Katherine He
Irvington High School Senior Kyle Ng began his FCSN journey as a volunteer for FCSN afterschool programs. However, after noticing the lack of STEM opportunities for special needs individuals in Silicon Valley, he decided to use his own experience as a member of a For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Tech Challenge robotics team to teach his own robotics classes at FCSN. Since then, he has gone on to create Serendipity STEM, an organization whose mission is to provide STEM opportunities for underprivileged communities, including that of neurodivergent individuals.
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“Channeling hope, support, and awareness toward the special needs community” serves as the core mission of 16 FCSN clubs across California, each fully dedicated to supporting the special needs community. From introducing FCSN programs to students to increasing understanding of the special needs individuals in their communities, FCSN Clubs has grown from a tiny seed into a large family tree, extending its branches of inclusivity and love of neurodiversity to youth in schools and universities. Continue reading FCSN School Clubs: A Mission of Support and Awareness of the Special Needs Community for Youth
In March 2022, Boy Scouts member Ricky Lin led a project in which special needs individuals got to experience the joy of scouting. Around 30 FCSN participants attended with their families, learning the scouts way of building teamwork, social skills, and unforgettable memories. Continue reading Scouting with FCSN, an Inclusive Social Event
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Johnna Laird was truly a treasure within our FCSN community and our time with her was too short. Please enjoy these stories from four people who knew and worked with Johnna in various capacities at FCSN. Continue reading Remembering Johnna Laird
FCSN youth volunteer, Anna Kuang, shares how she overcame her initial nervousness interacting with her students with minimal verbal abilities, and eventually came to form strong bonds and have a good time doing many different kinds of activities together. Continue reading “Welcome to Social Group!”: My Experience Teaching Nonverbal and Limited Verbal Individuals
Instructors at Meducate used interactive lessons, individual attention, and fun and engaging activities to teach FCSN students about how your body works. Students had fun learning about the digestive system, the central nervous system, immune system, and much more. Continue reading Meducate’s Contribution to FCSN: Human Anatomy
FCSN youth volunteer James Hsu used Snap! programming language to introduce the world of programming to special needs children. Coding with colorful blocks of code and seeing instant results allowed the students to absorb the concepts easily. Continue reading Teaching Computer Programming in Snap!
This year, FCSN decided to award a scholarship fund of $5,000 each to three youth volunteers, who have given their all to FCSN and the entire special needs community. Ashika Kuchhangi, Charis Ling, and Rachel Huynh are prospective students with promising futures, who have certainly proven their dedication and commitment to FCSN. Read more about these amazing youth volunteers. Continue reading FCSN’s Very First Scholarship Fund of 2021