Empowering Young People for the Future

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This May, honor our history and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month by helping the Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) celebrate 45 years of our unwavering commitment to equitable access to higher education.

Your support will help JCYC continue to provide historically underserved youth with free, comprehensive, culturally competent college access service.

Our History

Founded on May 27, 1970, the JCYC's mission is to cultivate and enrich the lives of children and youth from diverse, multicultural communities throughout San Francisco and beyond. While still committed to the organization's roots in San Francisco’s Japantown community, JCYC has evolved and grown into an organization, which annually serves over 7,000 young people from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. 

In 1980, JCYC helped organize and lead one of the first citywide collaborations to successfully pursue federal resources for college access support. Since that time, JCYC has become one of San Francisco’s primary providers of college advising services. 

Our Impact

To demonstrate the impact of the College Access Programs, JCYC is pleased to share the experience of alumni and current JCYC College Access Program Director, Gina Gutierrez:

JCYC COllege Access Programs

By the Numbers:

JCYC College Access Programs connect historically underserved youth with comprehensive and culturally competent college access services. In 2024, JCYC is celebrating 45 years of providing college access services and successfully assisting over 40,000 low-income, first-generation college students to pursue a college degree.

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Your Dollars in Action

Your generous gift of...

🌟 $25 pays for basic art supplies (e.g., sketch pads, drawing pencils) for school projects

🌟 $50 provides school supplies for 1 student

🌟 $100 contributes to tutoring to assist middle school students to excel in math and/or English

🌟 $250 pays for 3 CSU/UC college application fees

🌟 $500 pays to conduct a Cash for College/Financial Aid workshop for families

🌟 $1000 pays to conduct a 1-week summer program for 20 students


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Empowering Young People for the Future

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