Register for the 2015 Chinatown Beautification Day and Youth Conference Event!

CYI’s annual Chinatown Beautification Day began as a mission to address the concerns of the negligence of post 9/11’s Lower East Side.  Since then, it has evolved into a two-day event that brings youth from all around the city to participate in a unique learning experience.

Our theme for this year’s Chinatown Beautification Day is Sea Change: Turning the Tide Within Asian America. In light of events such as Ferguson, the Chapel Hill shootings, and other highly racialized and violent events, this year’s theme reflects our desire for young Asian Americans to recognize their capacities as agents of social change, particularly in regards to the invisibility of Asian American issues. This year’s workshops will center on countering apathy within Asian America by challenging participants to question Asian American history and experience. We hope to encourage participants to use this knowledge and rock the boat within their own communities. Ultimately, our goal is to teach young Asian Americans how to turn a critical eye toward both external and internal factors that shape Asian American narratives.

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Register for the 2015 Chinatown Beautification Youth Conference

Saturday August 8th: Chinatown Beautification Day Youth Conference
9:30AM – 5PM
Asian American/Asian Research Institute, 18th Floor
25 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

Our Youth Conference is a full-day event for youth participants to explore the social justice issues and experiences that they are interested in or already passionate about. Through a day of workshops, panels, and small group discussions, CBD conference participants explored solutions to these obstacles while educating and empowering their peers.

Register for the 2015 Chinatown Beautification Clean-up Day

Sunday August 9th: Chinatown Beautification Cleanup Day
11AM – 3PM
Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
62 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013

This day gives the volunteers a chance to go out onto the streets of Chinatown armed with brooms, dustpans, and garbage bags. This part of the event not only shows the Chinatown community that we really care, but will also act as a message, telling the people who traverse Chinatown to remember to take care of the community.

Are you a CYI alumni?  Sign up to be a small group facilitator (August 8th) or a clean-up day group leader (August 9th)!

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Happy 15th Anniversary of Chinatown Youth Initiatives!

Dear CYI Family and Friends,

This year marks the 15th Anniversary since the founding of Chinatown Youth Initiatives. For a decade and a half, the dedicated volunteer board, staff, and participants have developed youth leadership through year-round programming to address the needs of underrepresented communities. Thank you for your continuous contributions and support of our programs.

As our programs empower youth across New York City, and sometimes even beyond, CYI must be responsive and adapt to the changing needs of our communities. So, we take this milestone as an opportunity to provide you with exciting new changes to Chinatown Youth Initiatives!

New Members to the Board of Directors 

Chinatown Youth Initiatives is proud to welcome four new members to the Board of Directors. Vincent Fang, Dan Ping He, Liz Jang, and Marilla Li are proud alumni of several CYI programs and have served in multiple leadership capacities within CYI. Chinatown Youth Initiatives also welcomes back Andy Woo and Elisa Espiritu, who continue to contribute invaluable vision and leadership to the organization. To learn more about the members of the Board, visit our website.

Revamping the Summer Leadership Institute

Leadership Panel at SLI 2012 Workshop 

We regret to inform you that SLI will not take place this summer. Rapid, wide-spread changes across New York City neighborhoods (including Manhattan’s Chinatown) and contemporary developments within Asian American history and politics require that the Summer Leadership Institute also evolve alongside these changing contexts. We believe this is a unique moment to redefine the program to better equip the leaders of tomorrow with relevant, advanced tools and knowledge. Check back with us next summer at www.cyinyc.org to get involved in SLI 2016!

Get Involved with the 13th Chinatown Beautification Day and Youth Conference

CBD 2015 Advisors and Coordinators

What began as a mission to address the negligence of Lower East Side and Chinatown post-9/11, Chinatown Beautification Day has since evolved into a two-part event that brings youth from all around the city to participate in a unique learning experience. CBD and Youth Conference weekend starts with a daylong conference for high school students to explore leadership and community. The next day’s Cleanup gives volunteers the chance to not only clean the streets of Chinatown, but to demonstrate their commitment to the betterment of this community.

The CBD team are looking for CYI alumni to lead cleanup groups and discussion groups this August at the 13th Annual Chinatown Beautification Day cleanup and youth conference. If you are interested, sign up here. Let your CYI friends know, it will be a great chance to see old friends!

SAVE THE DATES:

Saturday August 8th: Chinatown Beautification Day Youth Conference

9:30AM – 5PM

Asian American/Asian Research Institute, 18th Floor

25 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

Sunday August 9th: Chinatown Beautification Cleanup Day

11AM – 3PM

62 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013

Stay Engaged! 

We want you to stay connected with us! With such a large alumni network, we need your help to ensure our newsletter reaches every CYI family member, friend, and supporter. Please forward this to your CYI network.

If you did not receive this letter from us, sign up for our newsletter.

As always, please visit our page at www.cyinyc.org, “Like” our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter at @CYINYC!