Strengthening community safety with CCSJ

In a recent article by the San Francisco Public Press, the spotlight was cast on the efforts of the Coalition for Community Safety and Justice (CCSJ) to address anti-Asian hate and violence in San Francisco. As a proud member of CCSJ, Community Youth Center (CYC) plays a vital role in fostering a safer and more inclusive environment for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

The article highlights the coalition’s grassroots initiatives, which include community-building and providing support to victims of hate crimes and other incidents. CYC outreach workers, such as Lida Vatanadilogkul and team leader Henry Ha, are at the forefront of these efforts, offering a reassuring presence and connecting individuals with essential services.

Through regular outreach events, such as visits to Asian-owned businesses in the Richmond District, CYC staff engage with community members, offering resources and support. The team’s ability to communicate in multiple languages, including Cantonese, Thai, and Tagalog, allows them to effectively connect with diverse populations, particularly seniors who may face language barriers.

The article also sheds light on the challenges of underreporting incidents and the importance of encouraging victims to share their experiences. By fostering open communication and trust, CYC and CCSJ aim to empower individuals to seek help and contribute to a collective effort to prevent future incidents.

CYC’s work extends beyond immediate response to crime; it’s about nurturing long-term relationships within the community. The hope is that these connections will encourage individuals to reach out for support when faced with challenging situations.

As we continue our mission, we are reminded of the importance of community collaboration and solidarity. Together, we can create a safer and more welcoming San Francisco for all its residents.