Koreatown Youth and Community Center

Koreatown Youth and Community Center

Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC) was founded in 1975 and is one of the oldest community-based organizations serving the Korean American community in Los Angeles, California. KYCC is a multi-service agency offering comprehensive whole family services in Korean, Spanish and English addressing a wide range of socio-economic issues. For

Koreatown Youth and Community Center

Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC) was founded in 1975 and is one of the oldest community-based organizations serving the Korean American community in Los Angeles, California. KYCC is a multi-service agency offering comprehensive whole family services in Korean, Spanish and English addressing a wide range of socio-economic issues. For over 45 years, KYCC’s programs have promoted the quality of life for children, youth and families in greater Koreatown. KYCC’s programs include (1) Youth Services, (2) Clinical Services, (3) Recovery Services, (4), Prevention Education, (5) Kids Town Preschool, (6) Community Economic Development, (7) Environmental Services, and (8) Housing Services.

About the Organization:

Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC) was founded in 1975 and is one of the oldest community-based organizations serving the Korean American community in Los Angeles, California. KYCC is a multi-service agency offering comprehensive whole family services in Korean, Spanish and English addressing a wide range of socio-economic issues. For over 45 years, KYCC’s programs have promoted the quality of life for children, youth and families in greater Koreatown. KYCC’s programs include (1) Youth Services, (2) Clinical Services, (3) Recovery Services, (4), Prevention Education, (5) Kids Town Preschool, (6) Community Economic Development, (7) Environmental Services, and (8) Housing Services.

organizational budget

5 MILLION - 8 MILLION

existence for

21-25 YEARS

The Issue:

The Koreatown Storytelling Program (KSP) launched virtually at the start of the Safer-at-Home orders in Los Angeles in March of 2020. As COVID-19 ravaged Los Angeles, KSP quickly became more than just a storytelling program as KYCC’s quarantined youth and elders became a lifeline for one another with weekly phone calls and hand-delivered care packages that included culturally relevant hot meals, groceries, and handwritten letters. Teens and older adults are the loneliest demographics in America, and their struggles were amplified exponentially as the nation retreated into their homes and support systems made of friends and families were suddenly disconnected. Through these turbulent times, KSP bridged the gap of loneliness and lack of support for both youth and elders through storytelling, mutual support, and understanding.

The Solution:

According to a 2021 Harvard study, young adults and elders are America’s loneliest demographics. In Koreatown, this loneliness is compounded by layers of poverty, linguistic isolation, and a lack of educational opportunities. KYCC’s client population based in Los Angeles’ Koreatown is 43% Asian, 49% Latinx 6%, African American, and 2% Other. Our clients are 98% low-income. In 2019, KYCC created the Koreatown Storytelling Program (KSP) - our answer to the exponential growth of isolation and division that we have seen during the Coronavirus pandemic. KSP is founded on principles of intergenerational, multiethnic and multilingual connections and mutual benefits. Our impact metrics are based on relationships, sense of support, and learning and emotional growth. Just as powerful, KSP is a platform that amplifies the stories of our community in our own voices - contributing to and constantly redefining the narrative of a vibrant and diverse community.

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