What's Going On

August 16, 2017

Fall 2017 Courses Open for Registration!

Click here to see our classes this semester. We welcome you to join us for another exciting year of learning!

August 16, 2017

Foreign Language Learning Seminar

Bryan Owens gave a presentation on foreign language learning to 3000 attendees in we-chat groups. He gave tips on how to learn French, German, Chinese, Latin, and also on English Spelling Bee.

August 12, 2017

High School Experience Seminar

Bryan Owens and Benjamin Owens invited three friends who are also Gunn recent graduates to give a talk on their high school experience and college applications. The speakers will attend Harvard (2), Yale, Brown, and Berkeley in the fall. Over 200 students and parents attended this seminar and the talk was very successful.

Here is the list of questions asked and answered:

  1. How did you prioritize your activities throughout the years?
  2. How did you decide what would be the focus of your college applications?
  3. When do you recommend taking standardized tests?
  4. What is one experience you feel like is a must before leaving high school? What is something you wish you had done? +1
  5. How to join, benefit, and contribute to clubs?
  6. What you wish you had known better when you were in 9th grade ? 10th grade?
  7. What activities do you suggest during summer time?
  8. what is the best strategy or best practices if you don't like the teacher?
  9. Ways to reduce student stress before test?
  10. How to make kids interested in reading? How to make your reading better quality if all you read in 9th grade is adventure?
  11. How did you control yourself from spending too much time on video games and nonschool related fiction book reading?
  12. Did you know what you wanted to be when you were in 9th grade?
  13. How do you get involved with clubs and such if you are not super outgoing or confident in the subject?
  14. What suggestions to those high school students who don't decide majors that will be chosen when applying for college since they have no clear ideas about what they will do in the future?
Please click the following link (picture) to watch the seminar: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=gPqIuBawqyk

August 11, 2017

SVY Meeting

July 14, 2017

Sino-US Education Forum in 2017

Benjamin Owens and Bryan Owens were invited as keynote speakers to give a speech in the Sino-US Education Forum. Over 1000 principals and education experts from around China listened to their talk.

July 7, 2017

Teaching English for Free in China

Bryan Owens and Benjamin Owens each taught English to a class of 30 high school students in Haimen, China. It is a free class which lasted three weeks, every day. Bryan taught critical reading. Benjamin taught grammar. Students in Haimen never had a chance to listen to authentic spoken English, rarely had the opportunity to speak English either. So this is a very high quality and special class for them.

July 5, 2017

Free Education Seminar in China

Bryan Owens and Benjamin Owens brought 5 other college students from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton to Haimen, China on July 5, 2017. They gave 7 talks on How to Learn More Effectively, Extra-Curriculum in US, Learning Outside Class, The Crucial Lessons That I Learned From Sports, US College Application Process…

Most of the presentations were done in Chinese. Around 2500 high school students listened to their talk. The audiences were crazy about them. After the talks, they went on stage to ask for autographs and their contact information.

June 18, 2017

Writing Contest Award Ceremony at East Palo Alto

May 26, 2017

SVY End of Semester Meeting

Silicon Valley Youth held its all teachers' end of semester meeting. As always, SVY teachers spent hours to go over the classes, sharing good tips and discuss problems. Bryan Owens and Benjamin Owens passed the leadership to Brandon Fu and Samuel Yang (the new co-presidents) and officers of SVY.

May 23, 2017

Plan Writing Contest Award Night

Bryan Owens, Benjamin Owens, Brandon Fu, and Samuel Yang met with Mr. Douglas Garriss (Grades 6-8 ELA/AVID/ELD Coordinator) at Ravenswood City School District today. They discussed details of the award ceremony for the Spring Writing Contest. The prizes include 3 iPads (grand prize), 18 Beats headphones (gold prize), 18 $50 gift cards (silver prize), 18 $25 gift cards (bronze prize). Total 59 middle students will win a prize.

April 8, 2017

BASKETBALL CLASS NOW OPEN

We just opened another class: the free basketball class for 5th graders! It will be taught by two experienced and highly competitive players!

April 5, 2017

Discuss Opening Classes in East Palo Alto

Bryan Owens (SVY co-president) and Benjamin Owens (SVY co-president), Andrew Zhao (SVY teacher), and Frances Zhuang (SVY teacher) met with Ms. Morales-Ellis (Assistant Superintendent), Ms. Annaben Kazemi (TK-8 Math Coordinator), and Ms. Kyle Tana (After School District Coordinator) at Ravenswood City School District. They discussed the possibilities and logistics of opening free math and debate classes in East Palo Alto.

March 18, 2017

SVY Mid Semester Meeting

SVY teachers held a mid-semester meeting to discuss this semester's classes and plan for next year.

March 13, 2017

Tai Chi Class Starts 2nd Session

Tai Chi (Chinese Martial Art) class just finished its first session; we will open the second session on March 25!

This course is taught by Winnie Zhao, a junior at Gunn High School. As a member of the US team, she won two gold medals and one silver medal in the Second Tai Chi World Championship in Warsaw, Poland.

She teaches 24 simplified Tai Chi styles. More information here.

March 10, 2017

Debate Class Now Open

We just opened another class: the popular and highly demanded Debate class! We now have 21 teachers and TAs teaching 16 classes this semester.

Feb 26, 2017

Foreign Language Seminar

Bryan Owens and Joseph Ng gave a seminar to an online audience of 500 from around the world on foreign language learning. Click here for more details.

Feb 16, 2017

Foreign Language Seminar

Bryan Owens gave a seminar on foreign language learning.

Click here for the video and slides.

Feb 10, 2017

U.S. History and Science Bowl Now Open

We just opened two new classes today: U.S. History and Science Bowl.

February 1, 2017

2017 Spring Essay Writing Contest is open!

All the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in Ravenswood City Schools will participate in this contest. It will be a writing unit in their curriculum taught by English teachers. There are a total of 1000 participants.

January 21, 2017

Spring 2017 Semester Launched

We successfully launched our spring 2017 semester! This year, we offered more classes covering a wider range of topics than ever before. We opened 13 classes on Business, Current Events & Public Speaking, English Grammar, U.S. History, World History, Advanced Math, Java, Website Design Level 1, Website Design Level 2 and TaiChi.

January 17, 2017

Spring 2017 Courses Open for Registration!

Click here to see our classes this semester. We welcome you to join us for another exciting year of learning!

January 7, 2017

Tai Chi

Our first 2017 class, Tai Chi (Chinese Martial Art), started today!

This course is taught by Winnie Zhao, a junior at Gunn High School. As a member of the US team, she won two gold medals and one silver medal in the Second Tai Chi World Championship in Warsaw, Poland.

She teaches 24 simplified Tai Chi styles.

More information.



December 17, 2016

SVY End of Semester Meeting

SVY teachers held an end of year meeting to discuss the past semester's classes and plan for next year.

December 8, 2016

AVID Writing Contest

The winners of the AVID Writing Contest were commended by Dr. Hernandez, the superintendent, Board of Trustees, and Silicon Valley Youth, in East Palo Alto. More here.


Download the presentation here:

December 3, 2016

End of Fall Classes

Our fall classes successfully ended today. Thank you to our teachers and students for an exciting year of learning!

November 13, 2016

Spring 2017 Planning

We are planning the courses for Spring Semester 2017!

Thirty teachers and teaching assistants are joining us to teach classes in the spring semester. We plan to open more than 20 classes, teaching Business, Debate, U.S. History, World History, Math, Website Design, Science Bowl, Tai Chi, Basketball, Volleyball, and other courses. Join us in January 2017!

November 13, 2016

Educational Seminar

Andrew Zhou gave a seminar to a live audience and to many parents and students who listened online from around the world.

November 4, 2016

Palo Alto Weekly Reported on Bryan Owens, Benjamin Owens, and Silicon Valley Youth. The title is “Nonprofit offers classes, raises funds for Ravenswood schools”.

Palo Alto Online later reported on November 5, 2016: http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2016/11/05/nonprofit-offers-classes-raises-funds-for-ravenswood-schools

One small correction: we began to charge a small enrollment fee in January 2016, not January 2015.



October 20, 2016

Congressional Commendation

Surprise! Benjamin Owens and Bryan Owens received an encouraging letter from the Congress of the United States! We are so honored! Thank you, Congresswoman Ms. Jackie Speier!

October 18, 2016

East Palo Alto Classes

We had a meeting with Dr. Hernandez, the superintendent of Ravenswood City School District, and her assistant, Ms. Morales-Ellis, to discuss potentially offering free classes in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park next semester. We also talked to Mr. Badwalz from the California Department of Education and the district's after school coordinator Ms. Tana.

October 18, 2016

Palo Alto School District Commendation

Benjamin Owens and Bryan Owens were commended by Dr. McGee, the superintendent of Palo Alto Unified School District, at the District Board Meeting. (Video)

October 10, 2016

President's Volunteer Service Award

Great News! Silicon Valley Youth has been approved as an official certifying organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award.

October 8, 2016

U.S. History Session 2

Our U.S. History class is starting its second session! Read more here.

October 3, 2016

Thank you, Ms. Holly Knapp, for graciously donating $100 to Silicon Valley Youth! Your support and encouragement mean a lot to us! Her message:

The work you do is remarkable and life changing for the students you serve. Super proud of you!

You and your other volunteers are doing a fabulous job!

I work with at-risk teens throughout Santa Clara County and I know how much your work impacts each person you work with. Bravo!

All best, Holly Knapp

September 30, 2016

Palo Alto Daily News has released an article on Silicon Valley Youth! The title is "Young teachers make difference."

September 29, 2016

Silicon Valley Youth, Benjamin Owens, and Bryan Owens are on San Jose Mercury News! ("Gunn brothers teach to raise donations for East Palo Alto schools")

September 22, 2016

Donation for Kiln

We donated $9000 to Ravenswood City School District today! We are very happy that kids in East Palo Alto can have a ceramics class now because of our effort!

September 18, 2016

Educational Seminar

Bryan Owens gave a seminar to a live audience and many parents and students who listened online from around the world.

August 19, 2016

Fall Classes

Our fall classes are here! This semester, we will have 12 teachers (including TAs) to teach nine classes to around 100 students! Please check out our Classes tab for the classes we offer!

July 14, 2016

New Classes

Teachers from Silicon Valley Youth are promoting our new classes in a social event.