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Ukes for Kids of SF Bay Area mission is to perpetuate the ‘Ukulele and the music, culture and community bonds that come from it by seeding the next generation of ‘Ukulele enthusiasts. We have been organized to provide 'Ukulele and lessons to kids at no, or low, cost and support local organizations or programs that teach children music through 'Ukulele.
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    • 2015: UFK supported 4th Grade Students at Kensington Elementary School in West Contra Costa School District - Teacher Eileen Malone wants to "provide my fourth grade students with ukuleles so they can learn how to play the instrument and so we can incorporate music into our curricular studies, especially social studies.  Learning the songs from different cultures, countries, and time periods develops a deeper understanding of that topic since music many times, reflects the emotions about the topic in addition to the subject information.  I also want to have my students write songs about the concepts we’re studying, using the music theory they’ve learned.  Eventually, the students will teach others the songs they’ve studied and created,  and perform for local senior and community organizations.  So, with ukulele instruction, my students will learn some music theory, an appreciation and enjoyment of music, fourth grade academic content, and civic participation."
      From Eileen Malone, "I wanted to give you an update on how my students are doing..." 

    • 2015: UFK sponsored an open mic at the 20th Annual Bay Area Aloha Festival.  Kids supported by the UFK program were featured on the main festival stage. The talented featured kids were Andrew Flynn, Titus Yound and Jake Shimada.    

    • 2015: UFK supported Hilltop YMCA summer program.  Free lessons were offered to 8-12 year olds for the summer.   

    • 2014 - Summer: Ukes for KIds Sf Bay Area is organizing the "1st Annual Ukes for Kids SF Bay Area ‘Ukulele Contest ". The contest is sponsored by many generous supporters inclusing KoAloha 'Ukulele which will be providing new 'ukulele to the contest winners.  Tbhe event goals are:  • Provide a means for contestants to showcase their talents, develop relationships and learn from each other • Focus on nurturing the musical talent of our young ‘ukulele enthusiasts. • Ho’omau (perpetuate) the ’ukulele and build the ‘ukulele community with focus on our keiki (kids) • Create dialog with the ‘ukulele community to help understand how the Ukes for Kids SF Bay Area can better serve, support and integrate with ‘ukulele and music community.  More information about this exciting event is at http://www.ukesforkids.com/contest.aspx.


    • 2014 - Summer: UFK is supporting Camp Unity (http://www.campunity.org) summer day camp by loaning 'ukulele for day campers to learn how to play 'ukulele.  CAMP UNITY is a Pacific Islander Inspired FREE 6 week Summer Enrichment Program for ALL YOUTH in grades K-12th. Thier mission is to provide all of thier participants and families an opportunity to learn and embrace the Polynesian culture and its primary characteristics of RESPECT, INTEGRITY, LEADERSHIP, COMPASSION, HONESTY AND LOVE. CAMP UNITY is a unique learning journey for YOUTH in the San Francisco Bay Area. A culmination of academic advancement through creative learning experiences that enhance our participants cultural antennae. Thier participants get reacquainted with their Pacific Islander culture, language, heritage and so much more. Self awareness and connectedness to their identity has proven to be the portal to transformation and we are HUMBLED to be a part of this process.


    • 2014 h class. "The Ukesperiment" was designed to build relationships through the Ukulele. By offering these free lessons, we give kids a way to begin to break the walls of prejudice, non-acceptance, and separation. In this community effort, I hope to add to the avocation of the Ukulele, and build lasting relationships through music". A very exciting part of the program is the end of program recital for friends and family. The kids get to perform and, to their surprise, they get to keep the 'ukulele they thought they were just borrowing.
     
    Workshop recital photos:
      
    • 2013 - Summer: UFK kids supported Ploy Atamai summer day camp by loaning 'ukulele for day campers to learn how to play 'ukulele.  Ploy Atamai offers a day camp in the summer along with a few sports clinics and games through out the year. The purpose of the Poly Atamai Day Camp is to train and inspire our children to dig deeper into their heritage and reveal the roots that make them who they are today. Because of this, they will embody the pride of their ancestors and honor them as they soar in a society that can sometimes be void of any culture or depth. Poly Atamai will acheive this by infusing the students with cultural language, skills,songs, food, games and so much more!  Ukes for Kids Sf Bay Area looks for ward to supporting this program in  2014!


    • 2013 - February: 'Ukulele were donated to Virginia Fruchterman and the Music in the Schools Foundation (http://www.musicintheschools.org/) which provides weekly music classes to over 1450 students at four school sites in the Ravenswood City School District in the underserved East Palo Alto community. "Our goals for our overall program are to teach music literacy to all students, which many studies show improves academic performance. By adding performance groups, such as chorus, violin ensemble, and now Ukulele club, we give our students opportunities to play for their parents and peers in school programs, and hopefully find opportunities in the greater community for them to share their skills. We believe fervently that music can keep kids coming to school and help them find a positive path both academically and socially" 


    • 2013 - February: UFK sponsored "Skill Building; ‘Ukulele Instructor Roundtable Workshop" with Kimo Hussey. The goal of the roundtable workshop is to help you develop new and creative teaching strategies, repertoire and ideas to help you with your kids ‘ukulele program, network and share ideas with others with similar programs and, of course, have a good time! Whether you lead a community based kids ‘ukulele program, are a private ‘ukulele instructor, a school music teacher, a school teacher that wishes to integrate music in your curriculum or an ‘ukulele enthusiast that would like to teach ‘ukulele to kids, this roundtable workshop will provide you with new material and strategies that will help you take your program to the next level.  


    • 2012 - December: 'Ukulele were donated to Ken Hutchinson at Livermore Valley Charter School to support a new 'ukulele program for 4 5th grade classes. Kenn says, "The main goal of our program is to encourage internal motivation of life long learning in the music making process both for individuals and build a sense of community in ensemble work."   Kenn has taught music in grades K-12 (general, vocal/choir and instrumental/band) since 1995 across the state of California, Montana and British Columbia, Canada in both public and private schools.


    • 2012 - September: 'Ukulele were donated to Linda Rugg and Brook Knoll Elementary School in Santa Cruz to support 4th and 5th grade music programs and an after school 'ukulele club.  Linda has been teaching for 28 years, 20 of those in middle school drama and music.  Linda is a certified Orff-Schulwerk teacher, which is a method of teaching music to children that enables them to play instruments and integrate music into their lives in a meaningful way.  "I use music in my classroom every day to enrich the curriculum and bring subjects alive for the students.  I believe that the arts are essential to providing a rounded full education for all students and by playing the ‘ukulele my students would be exposed to another culture, a new skill and a lifetime of great music."

               A few weeks after the 'ukulele were donated to Brook Knoll Elementary School "Ukes for Kids" received 25 very cool
              letters from the students. Here are a few: [Letter 1]   [Letter 2]   [Letter 3]   [Letter 4]   [Letter 5]  

    • 2012 - September: 'Ukulele were donated to Robin Smith and the Cupertino Union School district. Robin has been teaching music in one form or another for the past 25 years. The existing curriculum she teaches consists of an emphasis on the Orff approach which embraces exploring dance and movement, singing, and playing instruments through redesigned pieces as well as through student improvisation. The goal is to allow and encourage individual expression alongside learning. Robin has seen how adaptable the 'ukulele is as an instrument, especially for young children. She says, "Hawaiian music and its supporting culture and traditions provide a rich base for teaching music and is a type of music that, for the most part, is overlooked in music curriculums. I have already begun bringing Hawaiian music into my classrooms by teaching traditional Hawaiian songs accompanied by the ukulele. The students have shown great interest in singing the songs and even greater interest in wanting to learn how to play a ukulele." 


    • 2012: In conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz, Kalae Miles offered a free 3 month 'Ukulele after school program.  The program ended with a recital for attendee freinds and family.  Ukes for Kids of SF Bay Area supported this program with 25 donated 'Ukulele.  'Ukulele were given to the kids that finished the 3 month program.
     
      End of class performance:
     Weekly class:
    • 2011: "The Ukesperiment for KiDs" is a program in collaboration with No Ukes-Perience Necessary Ukulele Workshops. It is designed for kids 17 and under, and offers the opportunity to learn the Ukulele for free in a 3 month class. "The Ukesperiment" was designed to build relationships through the Ukulele. By offering these free lessons, we give kids a way to begin to break the walls of prejudice, non-acceptance, and seperation. In this community effort, I hope to add to the advocation of the Ukulele, and build lasting relationships through music.
     

    *Ukes for Kids of SF Bay Area supported this program with 15 donated 'Ukulele.  'Ukulele were given to the kids that finished the 3 month program at the program recital.

     
    Some of the workshop students:
      Workshop recital:

    • 2012: "The Ukesperiment for KiDs" is a program in collaboration with No Ukes-Perience Necessary Ukulele Workshops. It is designed for kids 17 and under, and offers the opportunity to learn the Ukulele for free in a 3 month class. "The Ukesperiment" was designed to build relationships through the Ukulele. By offering these free lessons, we give kids a way to begin to break the walls of prejudice, non-acceptance, and seperation. In this community effort, I hope to add to the advocation of the Ukulele, and build lasting relationships through music. "One Uke in Every House" - iZi Holokahi. The program ends with a recital for attendees freinds and family.
      -When: Saturday, March 3rd 2012. Classes will be every Saturday from 1-2p  for 3 months.
    -Where: JFK Library in Vallejo
    -Signups are now! Space is limited.
    -Contact: Izi Holokahi Izi.holokahi@gmail.com (808)772-0895 (707)410-0UKE (0853)
    -More Information: http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/277430205657595/

    *Ukes for Kids of SF Bay Area will support this program with donated 'Ukulele.



    You can support the program in several ways:
    • By giving a cash donation (donate now). 100% of you donation will go towards buying 'Ukuleles for kids or supporting local SF Bay Area programs
    • Support our annual fundraising event in Sonoma CA.  More information
    If you have a youth program and are interested in starting a Ukulele program please get in touch.