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Spot Winter Holiday Party 2014

Many thanks to all of the folks who came out The Spot’s Winter Holiday Party!
A great time was had by many and no one left with on an empty stomach!

Many thanks to all the folks who helped plan the party, including Asian Health Services Youth Program, Banteay Srei, The OYEA program, AYPAL, and also to Hai Vo for cooking up such wonderful food as well!!

Please enjoy the pictures below!

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Gates Millennium Scholarship Workshops!

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Now that we’ve gotten through the California College application season and had time to take a quick breather, now is the time to get started on the financial aid process!
Although, many students end up qualifying for financial aid from the federal and state governments, nowadays that may not be enough. So how do we fill in that gap and make college affordable to our students that are in need? SCHOLARSHIPS!

One of the biggest scholarships available up for grabs is the Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS)! The great thing about the GMS is that it can be applied to nearly any school that recipients choose to attend! So if someone gets into either Sacramento State University, UC Davis and Princeton, the GMS will pay for which ever school the student chooses!

However, we do know that the process of applying for the GMS can be super intimidating since students are required to write EIGHT ESSAYS in order to apply!
Yes, that’s a lot of work right there! But don’t even trip!

But don’t even trip yall! The Spot will hosting workshops to help folks apply for GMS! On deck we will have our good friend Jordan to facilitate workshops to help folks understand how to answer the essays and give feedback on drafts as well! Since Jordan has numerous years of experience serving as an actual reader for the GMS, he can provide clear and helpful insights on writing your essays. Also, if you already have some essay drafts and would like feedback, please bring them in and we got you covered!

Also, if you don’t plan on applying for the GMS, we are also here to help folks apply for other scholarships as well!

We will be meeting on December 11th through early January on Thursdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm at The Spot Youth Center.


Please feel free to spread the word!

For more information about the Gates Millennium Scholarship, click here

Who: Graduating high school seniors planning to attend college
What: Assistance with apply for the Gates Millennium Scholarship
When: Thursdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm from December 11th through early January 2014
Where: The Spot Youth Center located at 299 13th Street in Oakland Chinatown
Why: To get that money to pay for college

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Art Bruh Bruh with Gamelan Sekar Jaya!

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What up folks!

We know it’s been a while but Art Bruh Bruh is back!
For our final Art Bruh Bruh of 2014, The Spot will be collaborating with two great organizations, Banteay Srei and Gamelan Sekar Jaya (GSJ)!

We are excited to announce that this Art Bruh Bruh event will be facilitated by the generous and talented folks from Gamelan Sekar Jaya.
GSJ has been holding it down for Balinese cultural arts, dance, and music in the Bay Area for since 1979. They have performed and facilitated workshops throughout the US and Southeast Asia. Their mission is  to foster artistic exchange between Bali and the United States through residencies, workshops, performances, and the creation of innovative new works of music and dance; and to share the excitement of this exchange with diverse audiences in California, the US, and abroad.

At this month’s Art Bruh Bruh, GSJ will be teaching folks about Gamelan and how to play traditional Balinese instruments and Kecak, which is traditional interlocking vocal music! I know, we are excited too!

This event is free and folks of all ages are welcome to join us! However, if you are interested in learning about how to play the traditional instruments, please show up early because we will only have a limited amount of instruments to share.

Who: Folks of all ages
What: Art Bruh Bruh featuring Gamelan Sekar Jaya
When: This Thursday, December 4th from 4:00pm-6:00pm
Where: The Spot Youth Center located at 299 13th Street in Oakland Chinatown
Why: To learn more about Balinese cultural music, dance, and art and have hella fun!


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The Spot Halloween Celebration!

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Hello fellow trick-o’-treaters!

You are all invited to The Spot’s very own Halloween celebration!

This year we will be giving out glow in the dark bracelets, snacks, big binders (yes, free binders!) and screening a Halloween themed movie as well. Hurry while supplies last!

The event will be free of charge and will last from 5:00pm-6:30pm.

Costumes are totally encouraged!

Be there or be scared!

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Register to Vote at The Spot Today!!

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Hello Community!

With this year’s election right around the corner, The Spot wants to help our democratic process along and provide the community with a convenient space to drop by and REGISTER to VOTE! Did you know that the API community has one of the highest ratios of non-registered voters but are still a significant proportion of the Bay Area population?! Crazy, right?!

Registering to vote is much easier than you think!

What you will need to provide in order to register to vote:
Be at least 18 years old by the date of this year’s election
Valid state ID or Drivers License
or provide the last four digits of your Social Security number
Stop by The Spot Youth Center today at 299 13th Street in Oakland Chinatown to get registered!



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