“We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Partners & Supporters
The Chinatown Youth Center Initiative (CYCI) grew out of the Asian/Pacific Islander (API) Community Response Plan (CRP), a group convened by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) in 2001 to conduct a grassroots study on the increasing percentage of API youth violence in Oakland. Over 20 community based organizations, governmental agencies, local elected officials, and community members in Oakland, CA, came together at that first meeting to discuss the issues affecting the increasing trend of API youth violence, particularly among Southeast Asians and Pacific Islander youth.
Many of the original members of the CRP are still a part of the CYCI today and continue to support the goals and objectives of the youth center. Through our collaborative partners at the youth center, we are able to offer programming and services in our three core content areas: Job Training & College Readiness; Arts, Culture and Heritage; and Health and Wellness. At the heart of The Spot are the partners, supporters and donors that have helped plan, develop and continue the visions of the center and our commitment to addressing the needs, issues, and social challenges of API youth and young adults in Oakland.