January Newsletter

Happy New Year! 2018 is particularly special to CYI. 15 years ago, Chinatown Youth Initiatives filed its papers to officially incorporate as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. With its nonprofit status, the Board of Directors were able to raise funds to expand CYI’s leadership programs and empowered the lives of hundreds of Asian Americans and other underserved youth throughout New York City.

While CYI alumni can be found in every sector of the workforce – from politics and activism to finance and tech – 2018 is only the beginning of our legacy of leadership. As CYI continues to create new pathways forward for Asian American leaders, we never forget the trailblazers who inspired us, motivated us, and paved the way for us.

For CYI’s inaugural Legacy of Leadership Series, we are featuring:

Gloria S. Chan
Founder of Chinatown Youth Initiatives

Hear her experiences with CYI and her advice to current CYI trailblazers today!

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Gloria S. Chan is Senior Vice President of CoachDiversity Institute, the world’s first coaching institute serving diverse communities, and is also a High I.M.P.A.C.T. Leadership Consultant (www.gloriaschan.com) based in Washington, DC. She is award-winning author of Colorful Leadership: How Women of Color Transform Our World. Her clients include senior leaders and organizations in government, corporate, nonprofit, foundations, journalism, and youth and education sectors. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), credentialed by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Gloria is founder of the Asian Pacific Islander Life Coaches Network, and a noted expert in the Asian American community.

Previously, Gloria spent seven years in national politics. She served as President and CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), which trains the political leadership pipeline for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. She has also served in the U.S. Congress as executive director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), as well as legislative counsel to Rep. Michael Honda.

In 1999, she founded Chinatown Youth Initiatives (CYI), a youth leadership nonprofit for high school students in New York City that has served over 2,000 youth since its founding. Gloria received her law degree from Harvard Law School, and undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College.

CYI is featuring an alumni every month and we want to hear from you! Please submit your story for CYI’s Legacy of Achievement Series by emailing Board@cyinyc.org a short statement or video of your experience with CYI, how it impacted your life, and what you are up to today.

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Chinatown Youth Initiatives (CYI) is a 501(c)(3) certified non-profit organization whose mission is to empower New York City youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the needs of Asian American, immigrant, and other underrepresented communities. By providing a safe and supportive environment, CYI works to build a legacy of young leaders by strengthening awareness of community issues through project initiatives.

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