Summer 2016 Is Here!: Programs Updates, Opportunities, and More!

Dear CYI Family and Friends,

As we head into Spring, we have some exciting news to share with you. Let’s congratulate the Chinatown Literacy Project for another successful year! While we celebrate the conclusion of one program, we look forward to a renewed Summer Leadership Institute, a milestone year for the Hate Crimes Prevention Art Project, and a continuation of the Chinatown Beautification Day.

2015-2016 Chinatown Literacy Project

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CLP ‘15-’16 Graduation

Congratulations to the Chinatown Literacy Project for another successful year! This year, 30 youth worked with 30 of language participants to improve their English. Thank you to CLP Advisor, Samantha Wu, CLP staff members, Frances Hisgen, Crystal Wu, Connie Chen, Linda Chen, and Lungyu Kong, and CLP teachers, Jenny Ye, Fan Yuan, Elizabeth Griffin, Nancy Brancati, Ariel Yardeni, Eulalia Choi, and Shiwei Liu.

We also want to acknowledge the Lower East Side Preparatory High School, University Settlement, and the Chinatown Manpower Project for their support throughout the year. If you are interested in participating

CYI Welcomes Betty Fong and Wilson Wong as SLI 2016 Coordinators

Last summer, Chinatown Youth Initiatives postponed the Summer Leadership Institute to redefine the program to equip our leaders with the tools and knowledge to address contemporary developments within Asian American history and politics in New York City and across the United States.

This Summer, CYI welcomes Betty Fong and Wilson Wong as they take on the mantle as SLI’s Coordinators, CYI’s flagship program.


Betty grew up in Chinatown and currently lives in Elmhurst, Queens. She is a rising senior at Tufts University, and is so psyched to be back in her New York City communities this summer! For the past three years, Betty has been involved with CYI through Chinatown Literacy Project, Summer Leadership Institute, and Chinatown Beautification Day. She is passionate about housing justice for working-class residents of color, particularly in urban spaces. In both Boston and New York, she has worked with various community organizations with similar visions in mind. Her interests include journaling, having tea with good company, and comparing her friends to Pokemon.

Wilson was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He is a rising sophomore at Tufts University, majoring in American Studies. Wilson has been involved with CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities since his sophomore year in high school as both a participant and a youth leader. He was also an intern for the Community Service Learning Program at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, focusing on the effects of social media on the mental health of Asian Americans in the U.S. His interests include sleeping, running, and shopping for affordable “bougie” fashion.

Apply to Participate in Summer Leadership Institute 2016!

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Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), through Chinatown Youth Initiatives (CYI), is running this summer from June 25 to August 13 in a series of weekly weekend workshops. We are looking for applicants between the ages 14 and 19 years old, but please contact us if you are not of this age range and interested in being a participant.

APPLY if you are down for…
– Discussing social identities (e.g. race, class, gender, language) and community empowerment,
– Getting experience and vocabulary to engage with these difficult topics,
– Collective sharing and valuing different ways of participation,
– Exploring your creative side through a special project Quest,
– Building a safe and/or intentional community,
– Being part of a kickass for-youth-by-youth organization!

TO APPLY: Complete this application ( by Monday, June 13, 2016 – 11:59PM EST.

Opportunities to Reconnect with CYI as Staff

Summer Leadership Institute and Chinatown Beautification Day are only a couple of months away. CYI is still looking to fill a couple of volunteer staff positions in each respective program. If any of these programs interest you, please provide a resume and letter of intent to

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