100 West Clary Avenue

San Gabriel, CA 91776

Phone: 626.309.0622

Fax: 626.307.0717

About Us

Mission

Asian Youth Center (AYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit community based organization serving the social service and educational needs of all youth and families, with a focus on Asian Immigrants.

All of AYC's programs and services help at-risk low income, immigrant, and adjudicated youth overcome the many problems they face at home, in school, and in the neighborhoods where they live.

Since 1989, AYC has helped youth adapt and grow up to become healthy, productive law-abiding citizens who contribute positively to the multi-cultural society of the Greater Los Angeles area.

History

Asian Youth Center was established by the Asian Task Force of the United Way in 1989 to fill a gap in critical services for Asian immigrant children and families in the San Gabriel Valley. The Asian Youth Project applied for independent nonprofit status and was renamed the Asian Youth Center in 1990. Over the years, AYC has grown and expanded. In 1996 the Asian Youth Center won an At-Risk Youth Competitive Grant from the Open Space District to acquire and then develop their headquarters building named Tawa Youth Center located at 100 Clary Avenue in San Gabriel.

  

Renovations were completed in July 1997, and the building was opened to youth and families in December 1997.

In the last 15 years, AYC has expanded its scope to serve non Asian youth and families as well, with culturally appropriate services in Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Spanish, and English.

In 2003, AYC opened an Annex Building which was re-named the May L. To Educational Center in 2011.

Currently, AYC has offices in San Gabriel, Los Angeles, Lancaster, and Huntington Park. Our combined facilities have recreation areas, an indoor basketball court, computer labs, classrooms, and office space.

 

Leadership

2015 Board of Directors

Officers

Jim Smith, 2015 Board President

Chief of Police Jim Smith began his career with the Monterey Park Police Department as a Police Explorer Scout and has promoted through the ranks of the Department.  During his career he has worked assignments in the Patrol, Investigations, and Community Relations Bureaus.  He served as Interim Chief of Police from September 2009 until being appointed Chief of Police in October 2011.  He also served the City of Monterey Park in the capacity of Interim City Manager twice in 2010.
       
Chief Smith is a graduate of Mark Keppel High School and earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Mt. San Antonio College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Los Angeles, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne.  He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy and the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.
 
Chief Smith is a member of the Los Angeles County Criminal Justice Mental Health Task Force, and the Co-Chair of the steering committee for the Pacific Clinics and San Gabriel Valley Police Chiefs Association’s Mental Illness and Law Enforcement Systems (M.I.L.E.S.) program. His membership in professional organizations includes the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association (1st Vice President),  San Gabriel Valley Police Chiefs Association, FBI National Academy Associates (California Chapter Training Manger), California Peace Officers Association, California Police Chiefs Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police,  and Police Futurists International.
 
Chief Smith joined the Board of Directors for the Asian Youth Center in 2010, served as the First Vice President for 2013-2014, and was sworn in as the President in January of 2015.

Helen Romero Shaw, 2015 Board First Vice President

Chief of Police Jim Smith began his career with the Monterey Park Police Department as a Police Explorer Scout and also served as a Reserve Police Officer prior to becoming a full-time Police Officer. He promoted through the ranks of the Police Department as an Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. During his career he has worked assignments in the Patrol, Investigations, and Community Relations Bureaus. He served as Interim Chief of Police from September 2009 until being appointed Chief of Police in October 2011. He also served the City of Monterey Park in the capacity of Interim City Manager twice in 2010.

Chief Smith is a graduate of Mark Keppel High School and earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Mt. San Antonio College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Los Angeles, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy and the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.

He is a member and past president of the Monterey Park Lions Club, and a steering committee member for the Pacific Clinics Mental Illness and Law Enforcement Systems (M.I.L.E.S.) program. His membership in professional organizations includes the San Gabriel Valley Peace Officers’ Association (past president), FBI National Academy Associates, California Peace Officers Association, California Police Chiefs Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Los Angeles County Police Chief’s Association, and Police Futurists International. In his spare time he coaches youth baseball.

Chief Smith joined the Board of Directors for the Asian Youth Center in 2010.
 

K.T. Leung, 2015 Board Treasurer

After graduating from the University of California cum laude in (what year), K.T. Leung started his career as an accountant and has been serving the Southern California  community ever since. He established Leung Accountancy Corporation in (what year), one of the leading accounting firms in the Asian-American business community in the Los Angeles area. K.T. published numerous articles in various newspapers and media and is also authoring a book entitled, “U.S. Business Taxation”, Chinese edition, to be published worldwide.
 
Mr. Leung was appointed by the Governor of the State of California as a Commissioner of the California State Board of Accountancy, and serves as a Commissioner of the Naturopathic Medicine Committee. In addition, He is currently or formerly a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; California Society of Certified Public Accountants; and President and Director of California Certified Public Accountants Association.
 
Mr. Leung is dedicated to serving the community and is deeply involved with community organizations and activities including serving as Director and Treasurer for the Chinese Chamber of Commerce for Los Angeles; Director and Treasurer of Center for Asian-Americans United for Self Empowerment; Director and Treasurer of the Hong Kong Schools Alumni Federation; Director and Treasurer of the Hong Kong Schools Alumni Federation Scholarship Foundation; Director of Chinatown Service Center; and Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Temple City.
 
Mr. Leung joined the Board of Directors of the Asian Youth Center in 2012

David Lawton, 2015 Board Secretary

In 1977, David A. Lawton began his career with the San Gabriel Police Department.  He has worked as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Investigator, Patrol Sergeant, Administrative Sergeant and Captain.  He was appointed Chief of Police in July of 1990.  

Chief Lawton has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles, and a M.S. in Management from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  He graduated from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training Command College and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS). 

The Chief has been involved in numerous professional and civic organizations.

Chief Lawton is most proud of his volunteer efforts in serving youth. He serves on the National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee. He has volunteered at Law Enforcement Exploring National Conferences and Law Enforcement Exploring National Leadership Academies. He also served on staff at the 2001, 2005 and 2010 Boy Scouts of America National Jamborees. 
The Chief has been on the Board of Directors for the Asian Youth Center for more than 15 years. He has served as the Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice-President in past years and as the Secretary from 2011-present.

Ken Tcheng, 2015 Board Past President

Annual Report

Annual Report 2014: Building the Foundation

Annual Report 2013: Opening Doors

Annual Report 2012