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Episode 32: Sabrina Chu and Asian Youth Center (AYC)

September 07, 2021

Sabrina Chu is the Development/Grants Manager at AYC in San Gabriel, CA. She is a recent graduate from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelor’s in Psychology; she has since gained extensive experience in working with non-profit organizations, especially in youth intervention and education.

Over the past few years, AYC has been able to provide various resources for the Asian community needs. From food products, personal protective equipment (PPE), infant necessities, and educational support, AYC continuously listens to its members for their needs and responds by providing what they can.

Asian Youth Center (AYC) is a community-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 1989, whose mission is to empower low-income, immigrant, and at-risk youth, of all communities, to overcome barriers to success through the provision of culturally and linguistically competent education, employment, and social services.

In 1989, the Asian Youth Project was established by the Asian Task Force of the United Way to fill a gap in critical social services and health needs of Asian immigrant youth and families in the San Gabriel Valley. In 1990, the Asian Youth Project applied for independent nonprofit status and was renamed the Asian Youth Center. Over the years the agency has grown from a small annual budget of $160,000, serving less than 100 youth in a small geographic area, to the organization it is today, with an annual budget of more than $4 million, serving more than 3,000 youth and their families over almost a third of Los Angeles County, California.

Along the way, AYC expanded its scope and services to include youth and families of all ethnicities, while still retaining its core cultural and linguistic competence with Asian immigrants. Today, AYC provides culturally appropriate services in Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Spanish, and English. Currently, AYC has offices in San Gabriel, Huntington Park, Hawthorne, Pomona and Lancaster. Our combined facilities in San Gabriel have recreation areas, an indoor basketball court, a computer lab, classrooms, and office space.

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