The Tomodachi Summer Program offers children entering Kindergarten through sixth grade) a unique opportunity to build new friendships and gain exposure to various activities and interests. Through Tomodachi’s Club Days, children can participate in everything from athletic skill development to creative writing. The program’s goal is to offer children a well-rounded experience and to minimize the “runaround” that parents often have to endure to ensure that their child is exposed to a diverse array of interests.
Weekly Japanese cultural enrichment workshops and activities are offered and focusing on – Japanese Arts and Crafts, Food and Games, Sports and Toys. The children will learn and experience different aspects of the Japanese culture from experts in and around the Japantown community.
In addition to the Club Days and Japanese cultural activities, children will have the opportunity to participate in fun field trips. Past field trips have included: Discovery Kingdom, ice skating, and the zoo.
JCYC is particularly proud of the children who grow up through the program, move on to participate in the Teen Program and eventually become Youth Leaders. All Youth Leaders participate in 40 hours of training to prepare them to be positive mentors for young children. Training topics include: early childhood behavior, how to effectively supervise and implement activities with children; first aid; and safety procedures. Adults accompany and supervise the Tomodachi Youth Leaders and children on outings and provide ongoing training and guidance.