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 API 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.


from our blog
Youth for Community Engagement: Year in Review

Youth for Community Engagement: Year in Review

Youth for Community Engagement (YCE) found creative ways to continue their commitment to community service during the pandemic. More than 400 students from 10 San Francisco public schools used technology to facilitate many of their activities this past year. Here are some highlights of their work from the past academic year. Disaster Preparedness YCE prepared…

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Thank you for donating 2K masks

Thank you for donating 2K masks

Thank you so much to Harry Eng, Vanita Louie, and Austin Louie from Rotary Club of Peninsula Starlight and Rotary Club of SF Chinatown for donating 2k masks.

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Thank you so much to OneMask for donating 10,000 face masks

Thank you so much to OneMask for donating 10,000 face masks

Thank you so much to OneMask for donating 10,000 face masks to be distributed to SF’s underserved communities. Fun fact: OneMask has given away over 200,000 masks to local communities from the Bay Area all the way down to Bakersfield.

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news updates
Join us at the AAPI Mental Health Experience

Join us at the AAPI Mental Health Experience

Join us the AAPI Mental Health Experience on Saturday, May 28th.

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Youth Unity Mural

Youth Unity Mural

“Youth Unity Mural” is a community-driven art collaboration in the Bayview between San Francisco African American Arts and Culture District, Chinese Culture Center, Bayview YMCA, and CYC. Participants from our Bayview Youth Advocates (BYA) program spent their summer project working on the art piece. Using a selection process, the group chose Helice Wen and Kalani…

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2021 Middle School Virtual Summer School

2021 Middle School Virtual Summer School

Summer is just around the corner and this year CYC will be conducting an educational and exciting virtual summer school program.

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