Community Engagement

We see young people as active participants and leaders in the broader community. We engage youth with the community issues they feel are important to them, and broaden that engagement to include new groups, elders, children, and civic role models from across San Francisco.

CYC Leadership Development programs foster civic and community engagement through youth-led and youth-driven events and activities that enhance knowledge and increase awareness of community issues.

CYC Community Outreach programs connect with API youth facing cultural and language barriers and multiple risk factors. We provide underserved neighborhoods including Bayview and Chinatown. We also facilitate skill development and support groups and organize sports and activities at local schools.

CYC Leadership Development programs:


Asian Pacific Islander Youth Leadership Council (APIYLC) meets weekly to encourage leadership development, social awareness, and civic engagement among API youth.

Supporting Transitions & Aspirations Mentorship Program supports API high school sophomores and juniors with academic, life, and college application skill-building and mentorship.

YAWAV is a 9-month youth leadership program dedicated to the positive empowerment and development of Asian and Pacific Islander high school aged young women in San Francisco.

BYA is composed of youth leaders in the Bayview committed to cultural vibrancy, youth inclusion, and racial harmony throughout the neighborhood. Youths attend weekly afterschool meetings and monthly events.

CYC Community Outreach programs:

Founded in 1972, Youth for Community Engagement promotes self-development, communication skills and a positive attitude to help immigrant youth and elderly adapt to a new country.

The Seismic Safety Outreach Program (SSOP) increases disaster preparedness by providing free seismic safety outreach and education to San Francisco’s diverse cultural and multilingual communities.

CYC youth in the Bayview teach monolingual seniors how to operate smartphones and tablet computers. These invaluable skills give seniors the mobility, access, and freedom to connect to the world beyond their community.

Asian Pacific Islander School based Outreach provides recruitment, referral, and conflict mediation for at-risk API youth aged 14-25 who are low-income and facing cultural/language barriers and multiple risk factors.