Our Mission & History

Our mission is to encourage a diverse population of high-need young people to explore their full potential through academic, career, family, and community life.

50 Years of Service
1970s

Our roots
CYC was established in 1970 to address the problems of juvenile delinquency and gang violence in San Francisco Chinatown by providing young men with alternatives and access to legitimate means to achieve their aspirations and independence.

Our roots
CYC was established in 1970 to address the problems of juvenile delinquency and gang violence in San Francisco Chinatown by providing young men with alternatives and access to legitimate means to achieve their aspirations and independence.

Deepening our impact
CYC grew its case management services and support network, gaining a unique reputation as the primary for Asian youth services. Responding to an increase in overdose cases among Asian youth, CYC implemented a drug education and prevention program in 1976.

Deepening our impact
CYC grew its case management services and support network, gaining a unique reputation as the primary for Asian youth services. Responding to an increase in overdose cases among Asian youth, CYC implemented a drug education and prevention program in 1976.

1980s

Leading change
In 1987, CYC lobbied to have Federal Office of Substance Abuse Prevention fund the Asian Youth Abuse Program (AYSAP), a multiethnic Asian consortium dealing with substance abuse in our communities.

Leading change
In 1987, CYC lobbied to have Federal Office of Substance Abuse Prevention fund the Asian Youth Abuse Program (AYSAP), a multiethnic Asian consortium dealing with substance abuse in our communities.

1990s

Pathways to employment
Recognizing the need to provide an alternative to delinquent activities for adolescents, CYC added an employment component in 1991 when it merged with Directions, a city-wide job readiness training and youth employment program. CYC also established the Richmond Distract brand to house its Workforce Development services

Pathways to employment
Recognizing the need to provide an alternative to delinquent activities for adolescents, CYC added an employment component in 1991 when it merged with Directions, a city-wide job readiness training and youth employment program. CYC also established the Richmond Distract brand to house its Workforce Development services

2000s

Computer Clubhouse
In 2000, CYC partnered with Boston’s Museum of Science to start the Computer Clubhouse where students could come after school to work on projects with state-of-the-art technology and receive technology training.

Computer Clubhouse
In 2000, CYC partnered with Boston’s Museum of Science to start the Computer Clubhouse where students could come after school to work on projects with state-of-the-art technology and receive technology training.

Post Street Building Purchased
In 2007, thanks to the help and support of the community and dedicated individuals, CYC realized its dream of owning its own building when it acquired 1038 Post Street, ensuring a safe and nurturing environment to continue motivating youth to succeed and reach their highest potential.

Post Street Building Purchased
In 2007, thanks to the help and support of the community and dedicated individuals, CYC realized its dream of owning its own building when it acquired 1038 Post Street, ensuring a safe and nurturing environment to continue motivating youth to succeed and reach their highest potential.

2010s

Bayview Branch Office Opened
In September 2011, CYC opened its branch office in the Bayview-Hunters Point to provide culturally competent and linguistically acceptable resources to the neighborhood’s significant Asian population.

Bayview Branch Office Opened
In September 2011, CYC opened its branch office in the Bayview-Hunters Point to provide culturally competent and linguistically acceptable resources to the neighborhood’s significant Asian population.

Bayview Youth Advocates Program
Through its Bayview Youth Advocates Program, CYC seeks to raise awareness and promote racial harmony, understanding, and respect among the neighborhood’s Asian, African American, and Latino residents. YAP is uniting a diverse and multicultural group of high school youth leaders living and/or going to school in the Bayview who are committed to positive change in their community.

Bayview Youth Advocates Program
Through its Bayview Youth Advocates Program, CYC seeks to raise awareness and promote racial harmony, understanding, and respect among the neighborhood’s Asian, African American, and Latino residents. YAP is uniting a diverse and multicultural group of high school youth leaders living and/or going to school in the Bayview who are committed to positive change in their community.

2020s

50th Anniversary
In 2020, CYC celebrates its 50th anniversary with a renewed and evergreen commitment to giving every youth a chance to shine.

50th Anniversary
In 2020, CYC celebrates its 50th anniversary with a renewed and evergreen commitment to giving every youth a chance to shine.

Citywide impact
Today, CYC serves a diverse population of over 8,000 youth and families citywide, and continues to respond to the complex hardships and challenges faced by youth, including family conflict over acculturation, difficulties in school, economic hardship, and other barriers.

Citywide impact
Today, CYC serves a diverse population of over 8,000 youth and families citywide, and continues to respond to the complex hardships and challenges faced by youth, including family conflict over acculturation, difficulties in school, economic hardship, and other barriers.

Support for youth and families
Our programs now include Behavioral Health, Community Outreach, Education, Intervention, Leadership Development, Workforce Development, domestic violence education for Asian female youth, college applications and financial aid counseling, parenting and empowerment training for Chinese immigrant parents, financial literacy classes, and services assisting newcomer students.

Support for youth and families
Our programs now include Behavioral Health, Community Outreach, Education, Intervention, Leadership Development, Workforce Development, domestic violence education for Asian female youth, college applications and financial aid counseling, parenting and empowerment training for Chinese immigrant parents, financial literacy classes, and services assisting newcomer students.

A new home
In 2020, CYC announced a campaign for our new Richmond Community Hub that expands education and employment opportunities to young people, low income adults and older adults in Richmond district.

A new home
In 2020, CYC announced a campaign for our new Richmond Community Hub that expands education and employment opportunities to young people, low income adults and older adults in Richmond district.