The safety of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has never been more important. During the COVID-19 crisis, xenophobic rhetoric, scapegoating of the AAPI community, and hate crimes against the community have all been on the rise. Community Youth Center of San Francisco (CYC) has a deep legacy working with the local AAPI community and supporting community safety and justice. We are continuing and expanding this effort through a new program, launched three months ago, called the Coalition for Community Safety and Justice (CCSJ).
CCSJ is a collaboration between four local API nonprofits: CYC, Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), and New Breath Foundation. As part of the Coalition, CYC will focus on community outreach and victim support services. This outreach will include building relationships with merchants in neighborhoods that have a large AAPI population, making these merchants aware of how CYC can help connect victims with available city resources. CYC will also conduct safety and intervention trainings for community members, so they know how to respond in event of a crime or other incident. Our work will focus on key neighborhoods, including Bayview, Chinatown, Excelsior, Richmond, South of Market, Tenderloin, and Visitacion Valley.
AAPI victims of crime and survivors of crime face not just the traumatic experience itself, but also its aftermath, and they often do so alone and without support. Filing a police report, navigating the District Attorney’s Office, worrying about financial impact, and accessing mental health services can all be daunting. Through the Coalition, CYC will provide wraparound services to these victims and offer them support through the recovery process, including legal assistance, connection to city services, direct mental health services, and other needs.
This #GIVEINMAY, CYC will be fundraising to support the CCSJ program, with a campaign goal of $20,000. All funds will go directly to support community outreach and victim support, with the funds to be split equally between both services. We are eager and grateful for your support.
About the Community Youth Center:
For 50 years, CYC has provided the youth of San Francisco a sense of belonging and vital tools and experiences to succeed in life. CYC serves over 8,000 youth each year and is one of only a few agencies in San Francisco addressing the needs of a diverse population of low-income, high-need, and at-risk Asian Pacific American, Latino and African American youth.
Our services include academic and college counseling, job placement and employment training, substance abuse and violence prevention education, crisis intervention and mediation, leadership development, and technology and computer training.
Chinese : Taiwanese : Thai : Vietnamese : Pacific Islander : Korean : Japanese: Latino : African American
About Give In May:
The purpose of the Give In May campaign is to raise awareness about issues Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) face that are often unseen. It is held in May to honor Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The campaign is hosted by Asian Pacific Fund, a community foundation committed to improving the lives of AAPIs in the Bay Area, and AAPI Data, a national publisher of demographic data and policy research.