Community Youth Center of San Francisco (CYC)

Community Youth Center of San Francisco (CYC)

The Community Youth Center of San Francisco (CYC) was founded in 1970 to address the needs of justice-system involved Asian youth, making CYC one of the most experienced organizations supporting and uplifting AAPI communities. From this deep history, CYC empowers a diverse population of marginalized youth through health and wellness

Community Youth Center of San Francisco (CYC)

The Community Youth Center of San Francisco (CYC) was founded in 1970 to address the needs of justice-system involved Asian youth, making CYC one of the most experienced organizations supporting and uplifting AAPI communities. From this deep history, CYC empowers a diverse population of marginalized youth through health and wellness programs, academic and career support, and leadership opportunities. Each year, CYC impacts over 8,000 youth and their families. Since 2020, CYC has provided more than 35 victims of AAPI hate with culturally competent and language appropriate services. Our team speaks Cambodian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese.

About the Organization:

The Community Youth Center of San Francisco (CYC) was founded in 1970 to address the needs of justice-system involved Asian youth, making CYC one of the most experienced organizations supporting and uplifting AAPI communities. From this deep history, CYC empowers a diverse population of marginalized youth through health and wellness programs, academic and career support, and leadership opportunities. Each year, CYC impacts over 8,000 youth and their families. Since 2020, CYC has provided more than 35 victims of AAPI hate with culturally competent and language appropriate services. Our team speaks Cambodian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese.

organizational budget

5 MILLION - 8 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

The Issue:

Since 2019, escalating anti-Asian violence has further complicated the devastating impacts of COVID-19. These violent assaults have made the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic even more painful. From our elders to our youth, Asian American communities are traumatized and outraged during a time when we are also experiencing disproportionate impacts of the pandemic including mass unemployment, threats to our safety, insecure housing, cross-racial tension, closure of local businesses, and a surge in anti-Asian racism. Nearly 25% of documented anti-Asian violence has occurred in the Bay Area. These incidents have profound impacts on our communities. In response, directly and indirectly impacted community need culturally-competent and language-accessible spaces and resources. Violence affects all of us and all of our communities. We must invest in community-centered solutions that create spaces for healing and address underlying causes of violence and do so with tools that speak directly to our community needs.

The Solution:

CYC and CCSJ believe in the power of our communities to create our own stories, together. We also believe in healing our communities from the traumatic impacts of anti-Asian hate. The Heal from Hate video series will be 5 short films produced in languages that showcase members of the AAPI community who have been impacted by violence. The Heal from Hate series will be screened in AAPI communities across San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. In post-screening debriefings, cross-racial, intergenerational audiences will engage themes of trauma, mistrust, healing, resilience, and community restoration. Using culturally competent approaches, our communities stories will consider difficult topics with the aim of restoring trust, a sense of safety and rooting out violence and discrimination. In these multi-lingual dialogues, the Healing from Hate series will be the launchpad for our communities to begin healing from the hate, together.

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