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Relaunched!: The Impact of the Return of In-Person Summer Camps

As the rise of COVID-19 brought an era of lockdown and restrictions upon the world, organizations like FCSN were forced to shut down all gatherings. Since then, enough progress has been made that in-person events have slowly begun to trickle back into daily life — an example of which is FCSN’s recent relaunch of in-person summer camps, a transition which was significant for both parents and children.  Continue reading Relaunched!: The Impact of the Return of In-Person Summer Camps

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2022 FCSN Scholarship Program Recipients

Since the inception of FCSN in 1996, the organization has strived to improve and foster community amongst children who have special needs. FCSN encourages acceptance, improvement, and aims to create a feeling of closeness amongst those who take their time to dedicate their skills. In light of this, a scholarship was awarded for the second year in a row, the first of this kind having been given in 2021. The competition was expanded this year, and individuals who were involved in FCSN that showed a commitment to helping, promoting, and expanding opportunities for people with special needs as well as had financial needs themselves were those who were favored in the application process.  Continue reading 2022 FCSN Scholarship Program Recipients

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2022 Summer Computer Classes

Inspired by the volunteer contributions of hid older brother and father, Lynbrook High School senior James Wang began volunteering at FCSN in 2018. Since then, James has expanded the FCSN Computer Class Program to 9+ classes and 43 students. His impressive contributions led him to receive the title of FCSN’s Volunteer of the Year. Continue reading 2022 Summer Computer Classes

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FCSN School Clubs: A Mission of Support and Awareness of the Special Needs Community for Youth

“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

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Scouting with FCSN, an Inclusive Social Event

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

Join FCSN Voices Youth Reporters Team

We are looking for volunteers interested in being youth reporters and/or graphic designers/digital artists for FCSN Voices! FCSN Voices is FCSN’s online newsletter that expanded rapidly this past year as the team has worked to share FCSN stories online. Seeing your articles get published on FCSN Voices and the main FCSN website is an amazingly rewarding experience, and you will gain valuable communication, writing, teamwork, and outreach skills. There are also opportunities to receive the FCSN Voices Outstanding Contributor award for top reporters. Continue reading Join FCSN Voices Youth Reporters Team

GLIFY Contributes $1000 to FCSN

On August 29, local student organization Global Leadership Initiatives For Youth (GLIFY) donated $1000 to FCSN as their part of annual contribution. They believe that by working with FCSN, they can help create opportunities for the special needs students to express themselves, learn new skills, and feel confident about their identity Continue reading GLIFY Contributes $1000 to FCSN

Meducate’s Contribution to FCSN: Human Anatomy

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

Three Lynbrook High Students Donate $5000 to FCSN Over The Summer

Senior Angela Jiao, co-founder and president of SVSY; junior Andrew Yuan, co-founder and vice president; and senior Raymond Shao, the Director of Curriculum, along with several other instructors, garnered the donation money through tuition fees for their virtual science lessons held over the summer of 2021. They hope that the money from the donation will enable FCSN to provide a more extensive array of materials for their science department, such as computers or chemistry kits. Through this greater availability of resources, they hope that special needs students can more thoroughly explore STEM subjects and discover their interests. Continue reading Three Lynbrook High Students Donate $5000 to FCSN Over The Summer