Epic! ¡Épico! Épique!

 Welcoming Fabrice Jaumont, author of  The Bilingual Revolution,  at the YMCA Mission Branch.

Welcoming Fabrice Jaumont, author of The Bilingual Revolution, at the YMCA Mission Branch.

Fabrice Jaumont's arrival in San Francisco kicked off a fun and fast-paced weekend packed with an unforgettable array of multilingual events. Known as the godfather of language immersion programs, the amazing Mr. Jaumont, who recently wrote The Bilingual Revolution, fully lived up to his nickname, inspiring all those who met him.

It all started on Friday night with a warm welcome from YMCA Mission Branch Executive Marissa Cowan. What followed was a lively discussion about our group's mission of starting the city's first three-language program in Spanish, French, and English within the San Francisco Unified School District.

 Panelists at the SF Bilingual Fair with moderator Fabrice Jaumont.

Panelists at the SF Bilingual Fair with moderator Fabrice Jaumont.

On Saturday morning, we set off to Le Méridien Hotel, site of the city's first bilingual fair. We had been invited to exhibit there by the wonderful Emmanuel Saint-Martin, whose event allowed us to reach more than 600 attendees. In the afternoon we participated in a terrific panel discussion, moderated by Mr. Jaumont. It was fantastic to hear the diverse viewpoints offered by panelists who included Utah Dual Language Immersion representatives Georgia Geerlings and Anne Lair, Redwood City parent Sophie Zugnoni, and SFUSD Multilingual Pathways Department Director Fernando Nuñez.

 Having fun and talking language immersion at Barebottle Brewing Company.

Having fun and talking language immersion at Barebottle Brewing Company.

On Sunday afternoon we wound down at Barebottle Brewing Company, which so kindly had permitted us to use their lounge. (Thank you Lester!) Group members spoke passionately about the benefits of dual language immersion, including closing the achievement gap and unifying our great city.

Thanks to everyone who made all the events so fantastic!

Events! ¡Eventos! !Événements!

 Join us at the events below with   The Bilingual Revolution   Author Fabrice Jaumont! 

Join us at the events below with The Bilingual Revolution Author Fabrice Jaumont! 

We are thrilled to be involved in the following three events this weekend!

Friday, February 2
Welcome The Bilingual Revolution Author Fabrice Jaumont!
Location: YMCA, 4080 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Nicknamed the “godfather of language immersion programs” by the New York Times, Fabrice Jaumont has more than 25 years of experience in international education and the development of multilingual programs in French, Italian, Japanese, German, and Russian! Thanks YMCA Mission Branch! Sign up here.

Saturday, February 3A
Come to the San Francisco Bilingual Fair!
Location: Le Méridien San Francisco
333 Battery Street, SF
Time: 10 AM - 4 PM
Stop by our table at this incredible event, which will feature more than 40 exhibitors representing a wide range of languages, including Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, French, Spanish and Italian. Thanks French Morning Media Group!

Sunday, February 4
Conversation with The Bilingual Revolution Author Fabrice Jaumont
Location: Barebottle Brewing Company, 1525 Cortland Avenue, SF
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Catch Mr. Jaumont’s last event in the city and hear how other parents around the country have helped start dual language immersion programs in their communities. Sign up here. Thanks Barebottle Brewing Company!

We hope you can join us for one, two, or all three events!

Group Social on Wednesday, October 4, at Taco Los Altos!

Join us tomorrow evening, Wednesday, October 4, at Taco Los Altos, our newest community partner! If you dine in or take out from this delicious Cortland eatery from 5:30 - 9 PM, a portion of the receipt will be donated to our cause. Just remember to say Amigos Internationales when you place your order. Thank you to the owner of Taco Los Altos and Jacquie for their kindness and generosity!

Tour of Junipero Serra Elementary School by Principal Eve Cheung

You’re invited to a tour of Junipero Serra Elementary School given by Principal Eve Cheung to Amigos Internationales, a grassroots group of parents, educators, and advocates who are aiming to start a Spanish-French-English immersion program within a public elementary school in the San Francisco Unified School District by the fall of 2018! Join us on Wednesday, October 4, at 9:15 AM, and meet Ms. Cheung, an educator with more than thirty years of experience, sixteen of which as principal at J Serra. Learn why learn why this school is known as a gem in the heart of Bernal Heights. Sign up here.

Junipero Serra Elementary School
625 Holly Park Circle, SF, CA  94110
415-695-5685