Community Engagement

Youth for Community Engagement (YCE)

Founded in 1972 in response to the large number of Chinese immigrants arriving in San Francisco, YCE promotes self-development, communication skills and a positive attitude to help immigrant youth and elderly adapt to a new country.

New immigrant youths need a sense of belonging and the knowledge that they are doing something positive for themselves and others. Through their interaction with the elderly, they can develop the social skills and self-confidence that will help them transition into mainstream culture while maintaining their own heritage, cultural awareness, and past ties.

As the economy and influx of new immigrants continue to generate an increasingly competitive society, the elderly are often ignored. They may no longer play as vital of a role in their families as they have in the past. Problems arise when they have little or no ability to communicate with English-speaking caregivers, service providers, or other residents. YCE provides youth partners for them and reconnects them with the community to prevent feelings of isolation and loneliness. Through the sharing of their life experience with the youths, the elderly regain their dignity and sense of purpose in life.

Program Goals

  • Match youth with elders to establish and maintain ongoing and caring relationships
  • Help new immigrant Chinese youth adapt to their new country
  • Promote self-development, positive attitudes, and greater communication skills
  • Empower youth to teach other youth, their families, and the community about disaster preparedness and health and safety issues
  • Offer opportunities for youth to serve in numerous community activities to boost their self-worth
  • Provide volunteer opportunities for elders to connect with youths and the community as a whole
  • Broaden the volunteer force by recruiting adult volunteers with appropriate language skills to better serve our diverse SF population
  • Provide leadership development opportunities to all members to prepare them to become valuable and contributing citizens

For more information, please contact 415-775-2636 or [email protected]