AAPI community

CYC is a trusted supporter of the local Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in San Francisco, known for our many programs that benefit the AAPI community throughout the city and in each neighborhood. We focus on building the local AAPI community and on building bridges between communities throughout the city.

Across the United States, and here in San Francisco, there are few programs that address the unique needs of historically excluded AAPI youth. The lack of AAPI role models and culturally competent, linguistically acceptable support systems presents a significant obstacle to youth who would otherwise become a next generation of leaders. CYC also supports their families who are shouldering the enormous task of parenting children and adolescents amidst poverty, an increasingly anti-immigrant political climate, inter-generational conflict, and the loss of traditional culture. 

CYC programs that benefit the AAPI community and have a high visibility within the AAPI community include disaster preparedness, after school programs, our Beacon school programs, behavioral health and intervention services, violence prevention, advocacy, language and culture adaptation, leadership development, workforce development, street power washing, and racial harmony work.

CYC manages a pool of 400+ volunteers gathered from local public schools for a wide range of community activities, including street festivals and public races; street, park, and beach cleanup; youth advocacy; senior companionship, activities, and technology training.

Our community-led approach includes and assumes deep collaboration with AAPI nonprofits, business partners, and government for program delivery, advocacy, training, and events.

CYC has joined with three other local AAPI nonprofits to form the Coalition for Community Safety and Justice. CYC serves as the fiscal sponsor for CCSJ and through the Coalition provides coordinated street outreach and crisis response services.

CYC has a strong presence in all SF neighborhoods with large AAPI populations, including the Bayview, Chinatown, Ingleside, Mission/Excelsior, Richmond, Sunset, and Tenderloin.

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