The executive director of The City’s Community Youth Center oversaw the opening of its newest branch office in the Bayview last week.
How important is the opening of this branch in this neighborhood? Actually, we were talking about this a year ago. If you look at the demographics, about 30 percent of Asian-Pacific Islanders reside in the Bayview area. We have about 35 to 40 percent of our youth coming from (or they go to school in) the Bayview.
How has the organization evolved since the 1970s? In the 1970s, there was a lot of gang violence in the Chinatown area. It was originally called the Chinatown Youth Services and Coordinating Council. But over the years, we’ve expanded our services to behavioral health, after-school programs and leadership development.
What’s going to be different about this center? In the Bayview, it’s not just a duplicate of any CYC youth center. It’s more of a different multicultural youth center. We started with a program called Bayview Youth Advocate, which is going to be a youth-led peer leadership advocacy program.