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Timeline

2001
  • Receive grant from Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to establish the Asian/Pacific Islander (API) Youth Violence Prevention Center as part of the National Academic Centers of Excellence on Youth Violence Prevention
  • NCCD convenes first API Community Response Plan (CRP) group meeting in Oakland, CA
2003
2005
  • Receive CDC grant to establish Center on Culture, Immigration, and Youth Violence Prevention
  • CRP convenes a Statewide Dialogue on API Youth Violence in Sacramento, which drew more than 350 participants from throughout the state
2006
  • CRP discuss the idea for a youth center
2007
  • CRP convenes a Youth Center Planning Kick Off Retreat
  • Under the Microscope report is updated
  • Young Mongolian woman killed in Alameda, bringing attention to the issue of API youth violence
2008
  • Receive grant from U.S. Department of Education to implement a violence prevention curriculum at Oakland High School, continue planning for a youth center, and to assist local community to conduct research on API issues
  • Youth Center Planning Committee and Youth Advisory Council (YAC) are formed
  • Survey over 500 Oakland youth who reported job preparation and hope for the future as their top needs
  • CYCI released DVD on how to navigate juvenile justice system
2009
  • CRP renames itself the Chinatown Youth Center Initiative (CYCI) to reflect the focus of the group
  • Receive grant from The California Endowment to address safety for Oakland youth
  • Asian Health Services become lead agency and fiscal sponsor of the CYCI
2010
  • Receive grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to implement a youth center in Oakland
  • Oakland City Councilmember Pat Kernighan commits $500,000 from Redevelopment Funds for a youth center in her district
  • Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker sets up an account to hold $100,000 for a youth center in the Chinatown area
  • CYCI joins coalition of Chinatown groups to participate in the development of City of Oakland’s Lake Merritt BART Station Area Redevelopment Plan
  • CYCI joins the Alameda County School-based Health Coalition
  • CYCI and Laney College launch the first annual “Futures Expo”, a high school conference promoting job readiness and career exploration
  • YAC evolves into Oakland Youth Empowering Advocates (OYEAs)
2011
  • Youth center is named The Spot by OYEAs
  • Two full-time youth center staff are hired
  • Fundraising Committee is formed
  • The Spot is first launched at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in March, then opens independent location at 299 13th Street in October
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