COVID-19 and the Community

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a transformative effect on all our lives.

CYC has been at the forefront of rallying the community and delivering essential services throughout the pandemic, finding creative ways to offer our programs throughout the city. We’ve seen and been inspired by many examples of youth stepping into new leadership roles, serving as role models during long periods of sheltering in place and attending virtual school.

The rise of xenophobic hatred and violence against the AAPI community has been a particularly troubling trend during COVID era. A less visible, but just as concerning, outcome of the pandemic has been its impact on youth mental health. Our city’s youth are dealing, often, with trauma, illness, and significantly stretched or altered family, social, and academic relationships. Underserved and culturally/linguistically isolated youth are in danger of falling further behind and not having access to vital mental health and supportive services.

CYC is approaching the many crises of this challenging time with commitment, creativity, and care. You can read about our work during COVID in our recent annual reports and in our latest news and blog stories below.