100 West Clary Avenue
San Gabriel, CA 91776
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.
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.
Ken Tcheng was born in Laos and immigrated with his family to the United States and settled in Normal, Illinois in 1969. After graduating from Illinois State University, Ken moved to southern California and worked for Northrop Corporation and then for the Boeing Company. He left the aerospace industry after 28 years of progressive management and leadership responsibilities.For 10 years, Ken was a member of the Board of Directors of the Sunny Slope Water Company, serving portions of Arcadia, San Gabriel, San Marino, and Temple City. During his term as board president, Ken proposed that the company contributes to communities it services by establishing an annual scholarships program for graduating seniors at four local high schools (Gabrielino, Del Mar, Temple City, and San Marino). This program is entering its ninth year. With proven management and leadership experience, the Board hired him in 2008 as their Vice President and General Manager.
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.
Tuan Do is a Governmental Programs Analyst for the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Prior to working for the California Science Center, Tuan was a Senior Assistant for the Office of California State Controller John Chiang located in Los Angeles. He also served as a Budget Analyst for California Department of Transportation in Orange County. Tuan’s other work experiences include working as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission, a Treasury Officer for the California State Treasurer’s Office, and a Business Analyst for Franklin Templeton Investments.
Currently, Tuan is the Vice Chairman for the Asian Professional Exchange (APEX). Prior to being Vice Chairman, Tuan was the 2010-2011 APEX President, 2009 APEX Vice President of Programming and was the 2007 and 2008 APEX Director of Special Events. Tuan serves as an advisor to the Asian Pacific American Legislative Staffers (APALS) organization in Southern California and as the Partner Outreach - Community Relations Coordinator for the Project by Project organization. Tuan also served two years in the Executive Committee for the Fortune Festival in Sacramento. In June 2006, Tuan participated in a marathon through the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training program, raising money for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma research and patient services.
Tuan earned his B.S. in Finance and Insurance at California State University, Sacramento as well as his Masters in Business Administration at the same institution. While an undergraduate, Tuan was an officer in the Vietnamese Student Association.
Tuan joined the AYC Board of Directors in 2012
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 is involved in numerous professional and civic organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, California Police Chiefs Association, Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association, San Gabriel Valley Police Chiefs Association, Police Officers Association of Los Angeles County, San Gabriel Valley Peace Officers Association (past President), California Police Officers Association, Rotary Club of San Gabriel (past President) and the San Gabriel Community Coordinating Council (past President).
Chief Lawton is most proud of his volunteer efforts in serving youth. He serves on the National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee and on staff at National Conferences. He served as an Adult Advisor to the 1999, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2011 National Law Enforcement Exploring Leadership Academies held in Washington D.C. 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 12 years and served as the Treasurer in 200-2001, as the Vice-President in 2002, and as the Secretary in 2011-2012.