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The Practice Space Turns 3!

It’s our birthday today! It’s hard to believe we’ve been open now for three years. It feels like just yesterday we were painting our walls, trying to figure out how to make the space feel like home and opening our doors for the very first time. Although we are greatly missing seeing everyone at our …

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Who Else Had a Teacher That Changed Their Life?

Teachers are the backbone of our society, the people who spend the most time with our young people other than parents and guardians. We rely on teachers to care for our children, teach them important skills, nurture and guide them in decision-making. Many people are now recognizing the indispensable work of educators as our schools …

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Staying Connected: Cooking is My Creative Outlet

In case you haven’t seen our earlier “Staying Connected” posts, our team at The Practice Space has shared little ways that we are expressing ourselves at home these days. It’s helped us feel more connected with you all and we really hope you’re enjoying hearing a little more from each of us. Today we hear …

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Volunteers: The Heart of Our Team

Happy National Volunteer Appreciation Week everyone! Although we show appreciation for our volunteers throughout the year, we want to take this opportunity to extend our huge gratitude to all the people whose efforts and community care make our work at The Practice Space possible. Community members dedicate hours of time to make sure public speaking …

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Staying Connected: Finding Creativity and Calm

Hello everyone! My name is Mela and I’m an intern for the Practice Space. The past couple of weeks have been stressful and sometimes confusing between figuring out online school and finding ways to cure my boredom. More recently, I decided to restart a hobby that I had been too busy to do before. I’ve …

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Youth Aloud Podcast S3E2: Embracing Sudden Difference

In this episode we’re focusing on differences and how they can both divide and unite us. You’ll be hearing from Lindsey Lam who talks about how she defines difference, and her personal experience with observing differences at school. You’ll also be hearing from Caitlin Healy, the Program Associate at the Practice Space, on how we …

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The Practice Space COVID-19 Compilation of Community Resources

As we enter week 5 of Shelter in Place in the Bay Area, we at The Practice Space are thinking a lot about a few of the things we hold near to our hearts: connection, community and communication. Communication is not just about building skills, but how we live and stay connected. After weeks of …

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Share Your Voice With the World: Storytelling on The Practice Space Blog

Do you have a story you’d like to tell? Is there a particular moment, training, coaching session, summer camp or program at The Practice Space that made an impact on you that you’d like to share? Are you using your voice in new and unexpected ways? Do you want to share an experience you’ve had? …

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Staying Connected: Reading With Amaya

What small steps are you taking to express yourself at home? How are you keeping your spirits up? This week Cristy, our Program Advisor at The Practice Space, answers these questions, and explains why she has enjoyed her quarantine life a little more than she expected. Becoming a mom has been the anchor I didn’t …

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Youth Aloud Podcast S3E1: The Slow Scramble Towards Self-Improvement

In light of COVID-19, we’re taking a step back to reflect and think about what we can still do while in quarantine. In this episode of Youth Aloud, we’ll be focusing on the self improvements and small steps that we can take, even today. You’ll be hearing from the Loma Vista Science Academy Debate Team, …

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Staying Connected: Songs Keep My Spirits Up

As promised, here’s another team member’s response to our question, “What small steps are we taking to express ourselves at home?”  Hello! I’m AnnMarie, Founder of The Practice Space. You have no idea how much I miss teaching our students, it’s like there’s this piece of myself that has nowhere else to go. To keep …

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Staying Connected While Physically Apart

These past couple weeks have been quite a whirlwind! Every day we have new information and big changes and we are now all “sheltering in place”. At The Practice Space, where all of our programming is done in person and often in schools, we are adjusting, like so many, to how we can serve our …

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