Marshallese Youth of Orange County

Marshallese Youth of Orange County

Dear Asian Youth San Francisco is an entirely student-led nonprofit organization in San Francisco that promotes intersectional activism, solidarity with other marginalized communities, and equality. We empower Asian youth to be proud of their heritage, increase political engagement through education, pushing our narrative in a world that often overlooks the

Marshallese Youth of Orange County

Dear Asian Youth San Francisco is an entirely student-led nonprofit organization in San Francisco that promotes intersectional activism, solidarity with other marginalized communities, and equality. We empower Asian youth to be proud of their heritage, increase political engagement through education, pushing our narrative in a world that often overlooks the unique issues we face.

About the Organization:

Dear Asian Youth San Francisco is an entirely student-led nonprofit organization in San Francisco that promotes intersectional activism, solidarity with other marginalized communities, and equality. We empower Asian youth to be proud of their heritage, increase political engagement through education, pushing our narrative in a world that often overlooks the unique issues we face.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

11-15 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

California

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

11-15 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

California

The Issue:

MYOC was established in response to the alarming decrease in the education retention rates between 1990 – 2000, and initially focused on services in multi-family / multi-generational dwellings where youth were most likely to go to work instead of pursuing higher education, and ultimately end up in poverty.
In April of 2020, the federal government issued a call for action to address soaring COVID-19 infection rates among Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders (NHPI), and the disproportionate effect of the pandemic on NHPI communities. Over time, the need for assistance went from dire to desperate as the NHPI death rates rose. As we continue to educate community members in surrounding counties about COVID-19 and safety practices, distribute food and educational materials, provide advocacy and interpretation services for our hospitalized community members, facilitate phone banking operations to assess the need for additional assistance, coordinate with state and local agencies and CBOs to ensure that we address language barriers, provide crisis counseling outreach, distribute sanitization supplies, and participate in monthly meetings with our partner organizations; we still face several barriers to these efforts, including but not limited to insufficient staff capacity, equipment and transportation for health, education, immigration, and housing programming.
MYOC is seeking funding to sustain and expand our services for capacity building, youth programs, and direct services. Our goal is the creation of a sustainable, organizational infrastructure so that MYOC’s programs and services foster self-empowerment and long-term prosperity for the Marshallese community in Southern California and beyond.
We will achieve this goal using a comprehensive approach focused on increasing our staff’s professional capacity, setting up a coordinated provision of services and a rapid response system, and increasing access to youth development programs for Marshallese youth in California and nationally.

The Solution:

As we start to transition from the immediate action and response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff are now in prime position to take a step back to assess how to create sustainable systems and processes. To better serve the needs of the Marshallese community, our staff must be trained with core competencies in the areas of program management, crisis intervention and disaster planning, early childhood education and youth development, and case management. This grant will enable us to provide professional development training and certifications for our staff.
we aim to refine and expand our current intake and case management processes by formalizng client relationship management systems to better track, manage, and refer out our clients’ needs; educating community members, provide advocacy and interpretation services especially for those that are hospitalized, phone banking operations to assess the need for additional services, coordinate distribution of food, supplies, and other necessities. We will also establish a Mutual Aid Assistance Fund for one time, emergency assistance for community members for rent, food, transportation, medical needs, etc., on a case-by-case basis. Lastly, we will develop a sound public relations and communications strategy leveraging what we learned from our COVID-19 work, enablig us to quickly get relevant information to the Marshallese community during times of crisis.
Higher education continues to be a barrier between family obligations and an individual's financial stability and future earning potential. MYOC believes that it can further address these obstacles using a two-fold approach. First, address the immediate needs of Marshallese families while at the same time hopefully lessening the burden of young people to serve as the primary intermediary between systems and their limited English proficient parents and elders. Second, we will expand our services for Marshallese youth including peer counseling, mentorship, higher education promotion, and youth advocacy. We will host workshops focused on problem-solving, critical thinking, financial awareness, and communication. MYOC believes that it is essential to provide these services in conjunction with community programs that foster Marshallese cultural identity and pride and reinforce the values of respect for elders and community service that define the Marshallese diaspora.

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