Clubs & Organizations

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS

UPA students appreciate the benefits of associating with other like minded students around academic topics and establishing opportunities to expand their course associated interests through the establishment of clubs and organizations on campus. Students must complete a club application, create a club constitution and successfully associate the club or organization with an academic course currently offered at UPA in order to have a club or organization approved by school administration.

CLUBS

We currently offer the following clubs on campus:

Active Minds Club

We aim to provide mental health awareness, education, and advocacy among the UPA student body.

Meeting Time/s: Lunch Meetings Thursday

Teacher Advisor: Mrs. Buensuceso

Acts of Random Kindness Club

Spread positivity around our community and school.

Meeting Time/s: Lunch Meetings Every other Monday

Teacher Advisor: Ms. Chen

AE Club

To spark student interest in the fields of Aerospace and Aviation and teach students more about aerospace news, careers, and education.

Meeting Time/s:
After School Meetings: Thursday
After School Meetings 3:15 – 4:00

Teacher Advisor: Mr. Buchanan

American Red Cross Club

The purpose of the club is to allow young, empowered individuals opportunities to give back to their community in meaningful and impactful ways.

Meeting Time/s: Monday

Animal Care Team (ACT) Club

Raise Cruelty Awareness

Meeting Time/s: After School Meetings: Friday until 4:00

Teacher Advisor: Ms. Wall

Black Student Union (BSU) Club

To educate and inform people on the topics regarding people of color, serve as a safe space for all people to express their opinions on current issues, and most importantly to become leaders.

Meeting Time/s: After School Meetings: Monday 3:30-4:30

Teacher Advisor: Mr. Dhillon

Chess Club

The purpose of our club is to provide an environment where students of all ages can have fun with each other, and a goal of ours is to teach both middle schoolers and high schoolers Chess.

Meeting Time/s: Monday

Teacher Advisor: Ms. Gong-Guy

Cosmetology and Fashion Club

To bring the UPA community together by bonding the shared interest of beauty and fashion. This club has hopes of bringing people’s confidence up by building trust and friendship between fellow students.

Meeting Time/s: After School Meetings: Wednesday 3:35-4:00

Teacher Advisor: Ms. Chen

Creative Writing Club (CWC)

The goal of our club is for each member to finish writing a fictional short story by the end of the semester. Club officials will guide short lessons about certain aspects of creative writing, will officiate sessions where members will read their stories aloud and receive feedback from their peers, as well as possibly help organize the club in a writing contest or competition; this will likely happen in the second semester.

Meeting Time/s: After School Meetings: 3:00-4:00

Teacher Advisor: Mrs. Moore

Daebak Club

Teach others about Korean culture and bond with other students through common interests such as entertainment.

Meeting Time/s: Friday

Teacher Advisor: Ms. Sebek

Desi Student Association Club

Our goal is to educate others, bond over the cultures, and experience everything there is to love about being desi. We would hold bonding activities throughout the year, for example, movie nights and diya painting, and also have informative meetings regarding pop culture, society, tradition, media, etc.

Meeting Time/s: Thursday

Teacher Advisor: Mrs. Rodriguez

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Club

Continue our seminar curriculums on awareness throughout the rest of the school year. As of now, future topics include implicit bias, micro aggression, colorism, historical experiences and lessons, and institutional biases (subject to change). We will be working in partnership with a subcommittee of teachers put together by Mr. Porter, right now I don’t know much more about what Mr. Porter has planned. As club officers we will most likely be working with Mr. Porter to help lead teacher trainings for the curriculum and possibly finding student leaders for each seminar classes. I also hope to use my club to help establish cultural inclusion and awareness, and we will be working with members of ASB and other clubs to plan events for the moon festival, diwali, and dia de los muertos.

Meeting Time/s: After School Meetings: Thursday 4:30-5:30

Teacher Advisor: Ms. Sebek

Film Club

Every other Tuesday we plan to get together and discuss our favorite movies and TV shows. This can range from new releases, to classics. We discuss the deeper meanings of film/tv shows, shots, dialogue, costumes, etc. Or just have light hearted conversations.

Meeting Time/s: Tuesday

Teacher Advisor: Mrs. Aquino

Freelancers Club

Freelancers will teach members media literacy in order to give them the skills to navigate information which is particularly relevant because it is an election year. This includes discussions about types of bias, the history of ages of journalism, the effect of Trumpism on the media, social media journalism, fake news, etc. By attending meetings, members will be allowed to write for Aquila’s new literacy section which places an emphasis on the human experience through fiction (as in short stories), nonfiction (like poems or personal essays) and everything in between.

Meeting Time/s: Wednesday: 4:00-5:00

Teacher Advisor: Mrs. Reska

Gaming Club

The goal would be to have fun and unwind while playing games with friends.

Meeting Time/s: After School Meeting: Friday 3:30-5:00

Teacher Advisor: Mr. Salcedo

Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Club

To create and LGBTQ+ community and safe space to educate on current and historical issues through group based learning.

Meeting Time/s: Thursday

Teacher Advisor: Ms. Schwinge

Girl Up! Club

Girl Up is a club of dedicated youth who have joined together to take action and change lives, empowering both people in their own communities and adolescent girls in developing countries to rise up simultaneously. Girl Up is a growing grassroots movement with a mission to fight for gender equality and social change.

Meeting Time/s: Wednesday

Teacher Advisor: Mrs. Reska

Girls Who Code Club

Our goal is to inspire girls to code and close the gender gap in tech! Our club is open to all female and non-gender-conforming individuals. We will be holding weekly meetings, in which we will be teaching web design, Python, Java, and artificial intelligence and working on projects.

Meeting Time/s: After School Meeting: Tuesday 5:30-6:45

Teacher Advisor: Ms. Sebek

Green Team Club

Establish a permanent recycling system at UPA, schedule park clean-ups, and educate the student population about environmental conservation through fun projects.

Meeting Time/s: After School Meeting: Wednesday 4:00-4:30

Teacher Advisor: Ms. Buensuceso

Guzaarish Club

The purpose of our club is to teach bollywood dance and spread the dance culture.

Meeting Time/s: After School Meeting: Monday, Friday 3:30-4:30

Teacher Advisor: Ms. Rodriguez and Ms. Gong-Guy

Hand in Hand (Crafts and Volunteering) Club

Be able to allow students of all ages to work on projects (crafts, letters, donations, etc.) to give back to their community.

Meeting Time/s: After School Meeting: Wednesday 3:30-4:30

Teacher Advisor: Mrs. March

Health 360 Club

We want to explain to students the importance of health especially for highschool students. In Highschool, kids are really busy with school work and extracurricular activities. They focus on their day to day activities and they forget about maintaining their bodies’ health. Because of this, kids get really stressed and they don’t take care of their health. This club is designed to explain the risk factors and ways to prevent health problems. We will be doing many activities such as yoga, cooking demonstrations, outings, and much more.

Meeting Time/s: After School Meeting: Thursday 3:00-4:00

Teacher Advisor: Ms. Gong-Guy

Interact Club

The purpose of Interact to show the importance of community service and promote the motto: “Service Above Self”. Interact is a club where high school students bond over community service and learn teamwork and leadership skills through service events throughout the Bay Area.

Meeting Time/s: Wednesday

Teacher Advisor: Ms. Schwinge

LatinX Club

This year I would like to start a club that aims to be the voice of latino and hispanic cultures and traditions. We would share the many things we do such as the different holidays, and different values we have in our latino community. I believe that having this club will be very beneficial not just for the students but the school as well, because learning more in detail about other cultures would diversify our school even more than it already is, as well as make feel more welcoming for all the students no matter their background.

Meeting Time/s: After School Meeting: Monday 3:40

Teacher Advisor: Mrs. Murillo

Muslim Student Association (MSA) Club

Overall I hope this club is a place new Muslims to the school can come and find some friends, and I also hope that this club serves as a tool to really educate people about what Islam really is about. Maybe if school goes back into in-person learning (whether I am here for that or not) I hope this club finds a way to host Friday prayers so that students can pray during school.

Meeting Time/s: Friday

Teacher Advisor: Mrs. Rodriguez

Origami Club

The goal is to provide a stress-free environment to allow students to channel their inner artistic abilities through origami.

Meeting Time/s: Friday, every other

Teacher Advisor: Mrs. Wustrow

Outdoor Activities Club

Our goal as a club is to raise money for the national parks, and to get students to participate in outdoor activities to promote an active lifestyle and enjoy spending time with other students. During these times as we are not allowed to meet in person so other activities will be through zoom until otherwise allowed. Later if permitted we plan to plan hiking and walking-oriented events. We hope to encourage students to go outdoors.

Meeting Time/s: Monday

Teacher Advisor: Mr. Sato

RISE Club

We strive to educate people on the impact of human trafficking and sexual crimes on victims and the community it is prevalent in.

Meeting Time/s: Tuesday

Teacher Advisor: Mrs. Bailey

Robotics Club

To promote robotics education among students of UPA and to participate in competitions

Meeting Time/s: After School Meetings: Tuesday 3:15-4:15

Teacher Advisor: Mr. Buchanan

Science Alliance Club

Science Alliance is a club devoted to exploring different sectors of science through project-based learning. We participate many competitions through which students build projects and learn new topics to compete with students in other schools. In addition, we participate in volunteering and fundraising. With our club students can further their knowledge of science and be more involved in their community.This club participates in many events that include but are not limited to Science Olympiad, SciZone, and MIT Think.

Meeting Time/s: After School Meeting: Friday after school

Teacher Advisor: Ms. Schwinge

Speech & Debate Club

Our purpose is to improve the speaking and debating skills of the members of our club. We also want to send the members to tournaments to gain more experience in their respective events.

Meeting Time/s: After School Meeting: 3:30-4:30

Teacher Advisor: Ms. Gavin and Ms. Reid

Teens Tutor Teens Club

To provide free tutoring for high school students and earn community hours for tutoring by not just one on one tutoring, but by also making challenging worksheets and videos, holding workshops, fundraising and rising to higher positions in the national organization, Teens Tutor Teens (www.teenstutorteens.com). “Teens Tutor Teens is a certified 501(c) 3 non-profit and is designed to connect teens with other teens globally and provide services to better aid the community.” Teens Tutor Teens at UPA will be a chapter of this organization. Members of the club will also get a chance to receive the PSVA, resume help, be featured on the TTT website (www.teenstutorteenssanjose.weebly.com) and recommendation letter.

Meeting Time/s: Friday

Teacher Advisor: Mrs. Verapinto

The Investment Club

It will be focused on educating students on financial investing core skills (stock market) and experiment with investing with digital tools such as “virtual” stock market where students can practice with fake currency. I believe learning about investing is very fundamental to the future of all people alike.

Meeting Time/s: After School Meeting: Friday Around 4:00

Teacher Advisor: Mrs. Rodriguez

Tricking Club

Our club aims to spread the art of tricking, which originates from a blend of many cultures, from korean taekwando to afro-brazilian capoeira. We will try to create safe progressions, guide those willing to learn, spread the culture, and overall create an accepting and fun community.

Meeting Time/s: After School Meeting: Friday 4:30

Teacher Advisor: Ms. Chen

UNICEF Club

To fundraise for the UNICEF organization and to educate students of UPA on how to help children in need

Meeting Time/s: Tuesday

Teacher Advisor: Mrs. Aquino

UPA Hack Club

Our club is supposed to help people solve more problems using the many tools offered within computer science. We will have workshops for multiple languages, including Python, Swift/iOS development, web development, Java, and others. However, most of our club will be centering around developing full products using any languages and resources they want, allowing members to explore many facets of development. We may hold competitions in which prizes may be offered.

Meeting Time/s: After School Meeting: Monday, Thursday 4:30-5:30

Teacher Advisor: Ms. Chen

UPA Singing Club

Creating a community of singers at UPA that showcase their talents at various school events.

Meeting Time/s: After School Meeting: Wednesday 3:30-5:30

Teacher Advisor: Ms. Chen

Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) Club

We want to create an environment for students who want to learn more about Vietnamese culture. We want to build an environment for students of Vietnamese heritage as well as for students who would like to learn more about the Vietnamese culture. In this club, we will be exploring Vietnamese history, traditions, culture, language, and cuisine.

Meeting Time/s: After School Meeting: Monday 3:30-4:30

Teacher Advisor: Mr. Sato

Youth Movement Against Autoimmunities & Cancer Club

The goal of YMAC is to spread awareness and advocate for different autoimmune diseases and cancers. Our main purpose is to educate the masses and provide service to those affected by these diseases. We want to give a voice to those fighting these diseases and support them through their fight.

Meeting Time/s: Thursday

Teacher Advisor: Mrs. Bailey

Team Hepatitus B Virus (HBV)

Spreading hepatitis B awareness. We will work together as a club to plan and implement outreach events to do so.

Meeting Time/s: After School Meeting: Friday 3:40-4:15

Teacher Advisor: Ms.Chern

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ORGANIZATIONS

Students Detail Girl Up

Girl Up

Girl Up is a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, gives girls and boys the opportunity to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the world’s hardest-t-reach adolescent girls. Through Girl Up’s support, girls have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted, and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. Campaign supporters are encouraged to give a “High Five” to girls in developing countries by donating $5 or more to provide girls with such basic needs as access to school supplies, clean water, life-saving health services, safety from violence and more.

Students Detail Natl Speech Debate Logo

National Speech and Debate Association

An organization serving middle school, high school, and collegiate students in the United States.” (www.speechanddebate.org) This organization helps students increase their confidence, improve their public speaking skills, and develop better listening, debating, researching, and writing skills. These skills are vital as they prepare students for the 21st century. Speech and Debate gives students the opportunity to compete in regional, state, and national tournaments. As members of this organization students pledge to display integrity, humility, respect, and service.