Like What You See? OH YES, I DO!

I was honestly super afraid excited to start the orientation for our summer studio :D It would be my first time to be leading the youthCAN group and I was so nervous, that at one point, I couldn’t say anything! My fellow youthLEADs, Brian and John, arrived an hour early to set everything up with me, which consisted of a lot of moving around. As the time was nearing to start, our new recruits were gathering and lo and behold, there were faces I didn’t recognize O_O so it was great that so many people signed up for our program because it meant things would stay lively!

Our day together was filled with introductions and bonding activities, such as ‘I Love My Neighbor,’ so I am indeed pleased to say that not only did we all have fun, but we all learned a little bit more about each other! I have to admit, I felt a sense of accomplishment right there, haha. The scavenger hunt was the biggest event of all. I sort of wish we hadn’t added that it was a race because as soon as we split off into three individual groups, we all ran like our lives depended on it!

The first clue was found in the stairs up from the lightrail tunnel of Chinatown. Once that was discovered, our group had to find our Youth-coordinator, Josh, for the next hint. Luckily, he was nearby, but to get the clue to the next destination, we had to make a poem on paper folded like an accordion. We could only write one word for each line. I remember how my team were trying to usher words out of their heads in a hurry, but we came to focus on Seattle rain and how it was pretty, but also a pity. Weird, yes, but it got us the next hint!

This time, we had to run all over Chinatown because we couldn’t exactly figure out where the map wanted us to go. You know what’s so embarrassing about being the leader of the group? When you’re the SLOWEST. I did, however, got to know more about the ones in my team. For instance, who was most competitive, who was the fastest, who was most chill, etc. They were all cool people! So, thanks to our other youth-coordinator, Mario, everyone was able to get to the second clue. It was at another art place where we had to fold a gigantic paper crane without using anything but our hands. No tables, no floors, no nothing to prop up against. My team got creative by having one of the boys kneel on the floor so we could fold on his back. At first, I was terrified that no one knew how to fold a crane (I had just learned the technique a few days ago myself!) so I was relieved to hear that some of my teammates knew origami.

From there, after saying bye to our artist-teacher, Jonathan, we returned to running -.- Oh man, I was totally not in shape. I had a camera with me to take snaps whenever I could, but it was fun even though I had a hard time catching my breath, haha. We found the second artist, Paul, at one of the buildings where we had to think of a sentence connecting these three different words that he gave us, and add a beat. Ours was definitely lame! I didn’t mind though, because we were all eager to get to the next place. The final destination was actually at Qwest Field where we met Josh again, who then told us to go inside for the Seattle Green Festival. Everyone was so happy to finish the scavenger hunt; it really did get us all pumped.

Once inside, we were all hit by the amount of various booths. We, however, were heading towards a specific one. It was on a stage with numerous chairs, thankfully since we were a particularly large group of teenagers. We were fortunate enough to receive water and granola bars, yay! The people started talking to us and so we moved closer to get a better look. They gave us a presentation about the environment and we started discussing things like:

Car, or walk? I thought that cars were convenient, but they let out bad fumes. Walking was free, but there’s also the temptation for people to litter.

Rivers, or the ocean? The ocean can be beautiful, but it has lots of mysterious creatures in it! Which is why I chose rivers, even though they can still have dangerous animals like snakes in them…but hey! Salmon, and all that good stuff, right?

Vegetables, or fruit? This was an easy one for me. Sure, I’ll eat veggies but man, fruits are sooo tasty and they still give you vitamins! It was hilarious because everyone was on the Fruity side while only one of our friends, alone, was on the veggie side. It was pretty entertaining and we were in a good mood :D

Afterwards, came the absolutely favorite part of the event. As seen above, we were allowed to paint and do whateverrr we liked to the boards they had on the ground. Seriously, give a group of teenagers with blank boards or paper and say “Go crazy with it” will bring interesting results! They told us that copies would be sold on Farmer’s Market and the profits would go to the program, so that made me go “Ooooh~”

Really, we should do more stuff like this!

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Best Orientation Ever!

Last Saturday May 21st 2011 was the day of the YouthCan Summer Program of 2011′s Orientation. I knew it was gonna be a fun day. Meeting the new youths and getting to do all these activities just hands down made that day worth remembering. The only bad thing about the Orientation was preparing for it. There was a lot of planning and changes as me and the other fellow YouthLeads Michelle and John discussed it with Mario and Josh. But everything turned out well when the day came.

The first thing we did was to get to know in each other by saying what or where your name came from and giving out 2 truths and a lie. Mines mean Noble in Celtic so that makes me an Irish person :) and my two truths and one lie was very mind bobbling as i stared at the ceiling thinking of what to say. Later the day we played games…The games were like weight conditioning to me so much movement involved, I was just glad that Four Corners only required your ears and mouth. After a very exhausting time of playing crazy games Josh gave us a lecture about what it means and to be the Wing Luke Museum and why? It was quite interesting considering i haven’t learn much about the museum myself so it was actually pretty cool although it might not be to some.

Then the “Olympics” began. It was amazing race/ Scavenger hunt time. The Youthleads of course were the leaders of their team and my team consist of: Kela,June,Crystal,Edward and myself. Our first mission was to go down to the transit tunnel and read what the stairs said and recite it to Josh, who also took the place of Mugi. 2nd objective was to create a poem and recite it to Josh. This is what my squad came up with.

“Roses are red, Violets are blue, You aren’t just as pretty as them”

We died basically since were citing it to Josh but we passed. 3rd objective was to locate Jonathan who was over at a gallery by the Panama. Once we were there we had to construct a crane using only our hands. Meaning No tables, floors, basically keep the paper in mid-air. Once we storm through that mission thanks to the awesomeness of our team we had to run back down to Union Station to meet up with Paul and our objective this time was to create a song using the words he had chosen for us. With skills and fast pace we were on our way to our last and final objective. Meet with Josh all the way to Qwest Field. I lost my earphones in the process of running but with such efforts coming from the squad we reigned supreme and got 1st place though there were no prize but we deserved the prize of being winners.

From that point on we went inside Qwest field and attended an event called Seattle Green Fest where pretty much everything had to talk about the environment. It was okay, I got to learn more about the environment and about the difference between organic to process fruits, something like that. We also learned more of how the environment around us looks different as the people showed us satellite view and getting closer views. There was a “Ice Breaker” type involved about which of 2 things we preferred that has something about the environment.But we soon got to paint on these boards that would get put up on City hall. King, Jennifer, and I decided to collaborate the previous exhibits of YouthCan to one. Finally we headed back to the museum after a big day to sit down and have pizza with the fellow youths. It was a very fun day nonetheless.

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YouthCAN Orientation! Like a BOSS

OMG! I had such a blast at the YouthCAN orientation last Saturday on the 21st of May. It was very awesome; I’ll go through high lights from the day.

So we started out with a basic exercise where we got to know one another. Boring right? Not at all. The other Youth Leads and I introduced ourselves and YouthCAN with so much force and happiness.  Enough with the gloating and let’s continue on our journey through this orientation.

After doing some ice breakers (which we got yelled at by the museum), we went on a scavenger hunt: going through from Joshua Hiem, to Jonathan Wakuda Fischer, to Paul Kikuchi and finally off to the special ending place!  Each of the Youth Leads (and Mario) had their own teams; of course mine was “Team Sexy”.

We started off running to find Joshua Hiem in the Sound Transit Center in Chinatown.  When finding Josh, he forced us to write a poem, one word from each team member.  It came off hilarious, and when we finished, we headed off to Jonathan, who was located in an art gallery up the hill from the station.  He asked us to create a GINORMOUS crane using only our hands.  We finished, thanks to my awesome origami skills, with a crane…which obviously looked like it was rushed like hell!  Anyway, we continued on to where we found Paul at the Union Station…RIGHT BY THE SOUND TRANSIT CENTER (so basically we ran down the hill, up it, and down it again…to end up in the same place). Enough with the raging!  Well, Paul asked us to write down a song and sing it in a chorus.  It was a hot mess!!!

YouthCAN looking at the text on the stairs for Josh's awesome thing!

When finishing we received the last clue telling us to go to Qwest Field. BUT WHY?!?!?!?! We ran there, and eventually found Josh, who gave us tickets into the GREEN FEST!

Look! Kela Wong, June Tan, and King Lau enjoying the lecture in Green Fest!

Now this is the awesome part: Green Fest.  YouthCAN was invited to come into the Seattle Green Fest and make art.  Yeah, the new recruits had to show off their skills at orientation.

This wasn’t any ordinary art; it’s more like “recycled”.  You see, we received a lesson about carbon footprints.  Which was better?  Walking or taking the bus?  How can taking the bus, or driving impact our world?  How can our pollution impact the water systems?  Which is better an organic apple from California, or a generic apple from the state of Washington?  These questions created a base for the YouthCAN recruits due to our working with nature over this upcoming summer.

We used our knowledge of global warming, carbon neutrality and other ideas to answer these questions.  We ended up realizing that if an organic apple made all naturally and safely, but was shipped a thousand miles from here, the carbon footprint can still be equal or somewhat the same to the generic, pesticide full apple which was only shipped fifty miles from our local super market.

This art we created was through paint on recycled pieces of wood and from a full door.  My piece was based on the evil pollution monster attacking the Eco-Friendly bird.  It shows basically an apocalyptic battle (Haha, get it May 21st).  The Eco-Friendly bird had a lovely bubble of water, which as we know is vital to the earth, while on the other hand, the Pollution Monster had swarms of cement, which water cannot go through and thus, no life.  In the end, we see that the water breaks into the cement because eventually we know that water, when turned to snow makes pot holes in the cement.  It’s long and awesome.  I have to thank Zenwa, Michelle, Edwin, and Yulong for their awesome skills in helping me create the story of the door and we know they did most of the painting!

The beginning of our piece!

Other people created beautiful pieces of work and I enjoyed looking at them.  I would like to thank Mr. Mike O’Brien and his assistant Sahar Fathi for inviting us to work on this art work! Also, if you guys get a chance, they will be creating little prints of our work and make sure you check them out during the Farmer’s Market!  You can also buy them.  LOOK FOR THE BIRD AND POLLUTION MONSTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All in all, I had an awesome time and in the faces of the new recruits, they seemed to have a great time as well! BTW, stay tuned to more awesomeness from us! ;]


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The Awesome Jonathan Wakuda Fischer!

If you haven’t heard of him then you obviously never seen his art. His art is made of spray paint and stencil to make contemporary art in the style of traditional ukiyo-e woodblock prints.Not only that but:

“I explore many things through my art- in both technical and humanistic qualities. The former in terms of concepts like originality in repetition and modular design, and the latter in terms of historical/cultural interpretations and examining the hybridity of 21st century existence.” Said Jonathan.

I spent time with Jonathan last summer as he thought us how to spray paint “Effectively” and make Kimonos on canvas and our own Vinyl designs. Well guess what he’s back again to teach the youths again in the following summer! He’s gonna be teaching us to make papercraft to examine the nature of enviroment, place, and history. I asked if the youths will enjoy this and he replied “You’re right they’re probably gonna hate it” I think its fun! Plus there was nothing negative about the question >.> Anyways hes hoping to teach the youths some new things and technologies hoping the youths themselves to also gain something from it. And I’ll be making him coffee…by going down to Starbucks :D

Jonathan will have some fun stuff in store for the orientation but that is a secret and for you to find out..

Here he is using spray paint to bring life to the stencil he made.

P.S He has a awesome tattoo. Oh and if you wanna know more. Enter his studio at


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Ridiculously Good-looking ways to aid Japan

Oh man, that's a ridiculously good-looking shirt

Click the ridiculously good-looking shirt to find more information about how you can support Japan and even own one of these ridiculously good-looking shirts!!!

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Cross-Cultural World Music Concerts: May 5 and 19

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The Seattle Youth Commission Application

is now online at The Commission exists to represent the interests of teenagers directly to local elected officials, and it presents a great opportunity for young people to engage directly with decision-makers on issues that are important to them. In terms of elected officials alone, by the beginning of May the 2010-2011 Commissioners will have met with Seattle’s Mayor, City Attorney, Police Chief, and 6 out of 9 City Councilmembers, as well as the King County Executive; and later in May they’ll be doing presentations directly to the Mayor and the full City Council about their work and their priorities over the course of the year. The Commission is open to Seattle residents between the ages of 13 and 19, and the deadline to apply is May 4th; we’ll be doing interviews on a rolling basis as applications are received, so the sooner someone applies, the better their chances of getting the interview slot that they want.

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