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 7:00 to 9:00 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, and Sundays. More information on is available at the bottom of the instruction page.
We also do class visits during the school day. We recently gave a single 1.5 hour class at Mukilteo Elementary, combining a digital slide lecture with hands-on experience.
School Go Clubs (last updated Aug 31, 2015)
This Fall, the Go Center will be sponsoring go clubs at two schools close by in Seattle. The Go club at McDonald International Elementary will meet on Thursday afternoons, starting October 15, through the McDonald After School Program. Brian Allen will be the lead teacher. The enrollment forms have not been posted yet (as of Aug. 31). We are also offering a Go club at John Stanford International School as well, on Thursdays after school, starting Oct. 8, as part of the John Stanford Enrichment Program. Daniel Top will be the lead teacher. Enrollment has not yet started for this class (as of Aug. 31).
We will be offering a Friday class on the Eastside, at the Tyee Middle School in Bellevue. It is organized by the United Bellevue and Seattle Korean School,
and meets from 5:50 – 6:40 p.m. Solomon Choe will be the lead teacher.
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 past include 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).
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.