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), Thursdays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (class for children and adults), and Saturdays 1:00 – 5:00 (walk-in). Children are welcome in our Paid Private Instruction Program, which provides private lessons on Fridays, Saturday morning, Sundays, and other times when we are not open to the public. More information on the Paid Private Instruction Program is available at the bottom of the instruction page.
We also do class visits during the school day. For example, we visit Mukilteo Elementary most years to conduct a 1.5 hour class that combines a digital slide lecture with hands-on experience.
School Go Clubs (last updated Aug 29, 2017)
The Go Center has sponsored a Go club at nearby McDonald International Elementary for many years. In the fall of 2017, the club will be meeting on Thursday afternoons, through the McDonald After School Program. Brian Allen is the lead teacher, and Ben Resnick also teaches.
One of our volunteers, Sonny Cho, is teaching two classes at the Northwest Chinese School at Newport High School in Bellevue on Saturdays.
We also taught a weekly class during regular class time in 6 classrooms at McDonald International Elementary, Seattle, in the Spring of 2013. Other schools that have had go clubs in the past include John Stanford International (Seattle), Sacajawea Elementary (Seattle), Hamilton International Middle School (Seattle), Roosevelt High School (Seattle) and Meadowdale High School (Lynnwood), Kimball Elementary (Seattle), and the the Evergreen School (Shoreline), and the Seattle United Korean School (Bellevue).
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, teacher, 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 providing an instructor, the Go Center can provide starter equipment, and help with after-school program applications, including providing insurance, business license and a budget. Since we are a 501(c)(3) public charity, we can also do fundraising, pay instructors, and pay employment taxes.