The Seattle Go Center supports Go Clubs in the schools, and organizes up to three Youth tournaments a year. This is in addition to teaching young players for free at the Center on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. (walk-in), and Thursdays 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (class for teenagers and adults). We also will offer private instruction for youth on Sundays, for a fee. For more information on private classes, please email Jon Boley
School Go Clubs (last updated Nov. 5, 2013)
This Fall, the Go Center will be sponsoring Go Clubs in three Seattle schools: Sacajawea Elementary on Tuesday afternoons, McDonald Elementary on Thursday afternoons, and Hamilton Middle on Thursday afternoons. All three clubs are being run through the after school programs. The Hamilton Club is still accepting new students.
This Winter, the John Stanford International School plans to start up their Go Club.
Sonny Cho, one of our strongest players, also teaches a Friday evening class for youth at the Tyee Middle School in Bellevue. Registration is through the United Seattle Bellevue Korean School.
In the Spring of 2013, we also taught a weekly class during the school day in 6 classrooms at McDonald International Elementary, Seattle. Other schools that have had go clubs in the recent past include Roosevelt High School (Seattle) and Meadowdale High School (Lynnwood), Kimball Elementary (Seattle), the John Stanford International School (Seattle) and the the Evergreen School (Shoreline).
The Go Center is very interested in starting up more school go clubs. We find that this process usually this takes two leaders – a Go instructor and an in-school organizer. We can usually provide the instructor from among our Go Center staff and volunteers, but it is best to have a Go club organizer who is already involved with the school. They will be much better at publicizing the club than we can be. The organizer might be a parent, staff member, or older student. They do not need to know how to play Go; willingness to contribute some time to starting a Go club is sufficient. In addition to an instructor, The Go Center can provide starter equipment, and help with after-school program applications. Since we are a 501(c)(3) public charity, we can also do fundraising, pay instructors, and pay employment taxes.