Youth Empowerment: Employing Opportunities

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Youth Empowerment: Employing Opportunities


Fung, Polly Kam Yan, Lin, David, Liu, Anna, Ng, Jeffrey, Chinese America: History and Perspectives


MICHELLE C WU, MODERATOR

INTRODUCTION

CYC (formerly Chinatown Youth Center): MYEEP (Mayor's Youth Employment and Education Program) presented a panel of Youth Peer Leaders for "Branching Out the Banyan Tree," the 2005 Chinese American Studies Conference cohosted by the Chinese Historical Society of America and San Francisco State University's Asian American Studies Department. These youth discussed the history and impact of San Francisco's largest after-school employment program through the MYEEP Collaborative. CYC, serving the Chinese community since 1970, is one of twelve agencies in the collaborative. The youth reviewed the history of the program as well as the structure of positive youth development. While sharing the personal story of one of their own, the Peer Leaders examine growth and community building of youth in search of skills, and belonging in immigrant America. This paper will look at the impact and structure of MYEEP as well as reviewing one youth's journey through CYC's youth development practice.

CYC was incorporated in 1970 as a private, nonprofit agency. Its founders were concerned about the manner in which problems associated with Chinatown were affecting the area's Asian youth. Since its inception, the agency rapidly gained a reputation for working with Chinatown's at-risk youth and their families. CYC has expanded from its San Francisco Chinatown roots and has extended our services to include an employment office in the Richmond district and an outreach office in Visitacion Valley Our culturally appropriate programs target youth ages ten to twenty-five in areas of education, delinquency prevention and intervention, employment, and leadership development. Today, CYC continues to respond to the complex challenges faced by its clients on issues such as family conflict over acculturation, difficulties in school, economic hardships, and gang membership through its many programs. CYC envisions empowering youth to reach their highest potential as individuals and to develop a positive self/cultural identity Our mission is to strengthen and empower high-need Asian youth and their families by providing comprehensive youth development through education, employment training, advocacy, and other supportive services. Today, CYC serves over two thousand youth yearly; MYEEP is one of CYC's fifteen programs.

HISTORY AND BACKGROUND (JEFFREY NO)

MYEEP provides job opportunities to high school youth. It envisions a society of confident, self-directed, responsible, and independent youth who engage in productive activities, play an important role, make positive contributions to the larger community, and achieve personal happiness. MYEEP has a long history of evolution since 1970. Before understanding the impact of the program, one must look at its humble and laborious journey to appreciate this program as it stands today.

In 1970, federal funding was available for youth employment services through the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA). Federal funding was originally provided for the after-school youth employment program and later extended to include a summer youth employment program. Community organizations that work with youth competed for this funding. The competition occurred twice a year; agencies could either work for the after-school employment or the summer employment program. Many agencies from MYEEP today were the ones that competed for and provided the youth employment services back then.

In 1983, federal funding was cut drastically; CETA was replaced by the Federal Job Training Partnership (JTPA). The after-school youth employment program was cut; funding was only available to cover the summer employment program. This led to the intense lobbying of the city by advocates who supported youth employment services. In response, Mayor Diane Feinstein funded the program temporarily with local revenues. As a result, the after-school employment program was back in gear. …

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