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Nutrition in My Life: FCSN Class Aims to Empower Students to Make Healthy Choices

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) living in the US are 40% more likely than neurotypical children to become overweight or obese. Because of oversensitivity to certain textures and tastes of food, those with ASD also tend to be picky eaters. After learning about these nutrition-related health challenges that individuals with autism face, FCSN volunteer Rachel Huynh realized a dire need for special-needs students to build healthy lifestyle habits. As a nutrition major at Brown University, she decided to design a nutrition curriculum for students with special needs. Continue reading Nutrition in My Life: FCSN Class Aims to Empower Students to Make Healthy Choices

Teaching Art from Home – creating fun art videos for FCSN

FCSN Youth Volunteer Natalie Hsia was teaching arts at South Bay Family Gathering but had to move her lessons online after the pandemic began. Even though she had no previous experience recording video lessons, Natalie took on the challenge so that she can continue to teach students. Continue reading Teaching Art from Home – creating fun art videos for FCSN

President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) 2020

The year 2020 was an exceptional year as shelter-in-place forced FCSN to convert many in-person programs to virtual programs or online learning classes. The efforts of our outstanding volunteers vastly improved the quality of life for many special needs children and adults. Here are the winners of the President’s Volunteer Service Award 2020. Continue reading President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) 2020

My Experience Teaching Dance at FCSN

Teaching a class of special needs students can be nerve-racking, and even more so doing it over Zoom. Andria Luo shares her experience co-teaching a virtual dance class, and tips on how to make a virtual class fun and engaging for everyone in class. Continue reading My Experience Teaching Dance at FCSN

SNTutoring: From 13 to 160+ 1:1 Virtual Tutoring Matches

Previously known as the Flexible Subject Tutoring Program, this year round 1-on-1 tutoring program enables youth volunteers to connect with special needs students virtually and support them in a variety of academic and non-academic topics, ranging from STEM, drawing, board games, music, and sports. Continue reading SNTutoring: From 13 to 160+ 1:1 Virtual Tutoring Matches

Youth Volunteers Participate in FCSN Annual Fundraising Gala

By Isabella He, FCSN Voices Youth Reporter For the 2020 FCSN fundraising gala, youth volunteers were invited to participate in fundraising and for the event for the first time in FCSN history. FCSN school clubs at UC Davis, Irvington High School, James Logan High School, Piedmont Hills, and BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, and Mission San Jose High School helped fundraise for FCSN. We are excited … Continue reading Youth Volunteers Participate in FCSN Annual Fundraising Gala

FCSN Volunteer Sharing by Jackie Wong

by Jackie Wong, FCSN Flexible Subject Virtual Tutoring High School Volunteer Hi! I’m Jackie Wong and I have been a tutor for the 1:1 Flexible Subject Virtual Tutoring program for two months. I tutor drawing and since beginning in July, every week’s session has been so rewarding.  I found out about this program at FCSN through the club at my school and I immediately took … Continue reading FCSN Volunteer Sharing by Jackie Wong