On Friday, July 14, Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) coordinated with AYC to provide a panel discussion on Asian American presence in the media. For our students, it was their first time participating in a panel discussion and they enjoyed asking questions to the panelists which included the very talented Suzy Nakamura, Krista Marie Yu from the ABC show "Dr. Ken", and Leonardo Nam from the HBO show "Westworld." Our students learned so much about the importance of diversity in the television and film industry, and so much more. This was a wonderful, positive experience for our students and they were reminded that they can achieve their dreams as long as they work hard and never give up!
Last week, US Bankcard Services donated tickets and transportation so that over 80 of our students could enjoy a wonderful field trip to Discovery Cube Los Angeles! The Discovery Cube museum features giant animatronic dinosaurs and tons of fun-filled interactive exhibits that stimulate young minds to think critically and creatively. One 4th grade student exclaimed as he entered the museum, ""This is my dream come true to see dinosaurs!"
This is the eighth year that US Bankcard Services and Anne Yang, their Marketing Manager, have partnered with AYC by sponsoring an annual field trip for ACE Summer Program Students. US Bankcard Services even provides the transportation from AYC's Youth Center to the field trip location, which make a huge difference! Field trips sponsored by US Bankcard Services in recent years include the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles Zoo and the Zimmer Children's Museum.
We are so grateful to US Bankcard Services for this generous donation and the joy it was able to bring our ACE Summer Program students!
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For Chinese media coverage of this partnership, click on the links below:
1. Epoch Times (大纪元)
2. NTD TV
3. Sing Tao Daily News (星島日報)
4. U.S. China Press
5. Chinese News USA (美新社)
6. Sina (全球新聞)
Walmart grants $81,000 total to support the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Children and Families Nutrition and Food Assistance Program through the Asian Pacific Community Fund
On June 29, the Walmart Foundation State Council and the Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) announced a $24,000 grant to support the Emergency Food Program at the Asian Youth Center (AYC).
Walmart Foundation gave a total of $81,000 in grant funding to APCF for the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Children and Families Nutrition and Food Assistance Program. As a community foundation, APCF distributed the funds to three of its partner organizations to provide assistance and distribute 40,000 pounds of food to 4,800 people in the next year. In addition to AYC, grant funds were awarded to Korean American Family Services and Koreatown Youth & Community Center.
Since 2014, Walmart Foundation has committed to focusing its efforts on creating a more affordable, accessible, sustainable and healthier food system across the globe, starting in local communities.
"AYC is so grateful for the support of the Walmart Foundation and APCF," expressed Michelle Freridge, AYC's Executive Director. "This grant will support the purchase of a refrigerator and shelving units for our Emergency Food Program so we can store and distribute more nutritious and familiar foods, and feed more hungry families. I also want to take this time to recognize Florence Lin, our Community Relations Manager, for overseeing this program."
AYC's Emergency Food Program has provided culturally-appropriate food to low-income, immigrant, and at-risk families in need for over 14 years.. The population in the West San Gabriel Valley, where efforts of AYC's Emergency Food Program are focused, has a high concentration of low-income API communities, with high rates of recent immigrants. Due to various barriers, such as not speaking English, difficulty finding or maintaining employment, and unfamiliarity with American food and culture, these families face high risk of food insecurity. AYC's Emergency Food Program provides short-term hunger relief for families, so each person in the household can lead a healthy, active life.
Congratulations to Jason Lin and Tim Guo for receiving scholarships from the Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL) this past weekend! Both students are AYC volunteers and were very active with phone banking for voter registration and mobilization. They both plan on attending Pasadena City College in the Fall. We are so proud of all that they have achieved as new immigrants and look forward to seeing them become community leaders! Thank you, TACL, for extending their scholarships to AYC volunteers this year!
AYC is so proud to have a "double honor" at the 2017 Chinese Elected Officials Installation Dinner on Friday, June 9, 2017. Our Community Relations Manager, Florence Lin, was recognized as the Citizen of the Year for her dedication to community service and engagement efforts. Congratulations, Florence! Your hard work does not go unnoticed.
Our distinguished Board Member, Dr. Gay Q. Yuen, also received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades of work as an educator, for her volunteerism, and her dedication to community activism. We are so honored to have Dr. Yuen on the AYC Board, and even more honored that she has volunteered to be the Co-Chair for our gala on October 27th!
Congratulations, Florence and Dr. Yuen!
On Saturday, May 20, AYC hosted its first annual Rubber Ducky Race and Duck Design Contest at Smith Park with over 250 local youth and families in attendance.
The public event featured carnival games, an art contest, and rubber duck races in the Smith Park pool to raise funds for Project NEO, an after-school program for youth in grades 1 through 8. Project NEO was founded in 2010 as a nonprofit organization by Mary Wong, and was integrated as a program of AYC after both organizations merged in late 2016.
"We are excited about the integration with Project NEO because it increased after-school programming to youth in the cities of Alhambra and Monterey Park, in addition to San Gabriel," said Nicholette Espinosa, AYC’s Director of Educational Enrichment Services, "The Rubber Ducky Race and Duck Design Contest has been Project NEO's signature event for the past 4 years and we are thrilled to keep the tradition going."
Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA, 27th District), the founding Board President of AYC, ended the day of festivities with a congratulatory message to AYC and Mary Wong for bringing the community together with the Rubber Ducky Race and Duck Design Contest.
The guest judges for the Duck Design Contest, which encouraged youth to use their imaginations and mixed media to create art, included Mary Wong, Lt. Fabian Valdez from the San Gabriel Police Department, and Joe Luu, a motivational comedian and keynote speaker with a passion for helping at-risk youth succeed.
The event would not have been possible without major sponsors, including Warner Brothers Network of Asian Pacific American (NAPA), Mike Eng, Exact Tax Inc, East West Bank, and Robert L. Gin.
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Special Thanks to our Sponsors:
Gold Duck Sponsor
Warner Brothers Network for Asian Pacific Americans
Silver Duck Sponsor
Mike Eng, Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees
Bronze Duck Sponsors
Bob Gin, Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education
La Casa de San Gabriel Community Center
New York Life Insurance Agency
Rande S. Sotomayor, Esq.
San Gabriel Police Department
Special Thanks to our Friends of AYC:
Ada Chan Wong
California Security Screens
Cindy Ho, David S. Ho Farmers Insurance Agency
Cissy Huang, HIFE College Planning
East Los Angeles College Athletics
Eva Hsiung, Douglas Auto Body & Paint
Home Depot Alhambra
Marie Callender's Monterey Park
Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce
NA Trading Company
Rosemead Chamber of Commerce
San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce
Steven’s Steak & Seafood House
The Cheesecake Factory
Thank you to all of our generous supporters for making our 2017 Scholarship Awards Ceremony on March 24th an evening to remember!
We had a wonderful time celebrating the recipients of the May L. To Excellence Award, the Suk Ching Leung Scholarship and the Cheou Wang Scholarship. Here are the scholarship recipients and their short biographies:
2017 May L. To Excellence Award Recipient
Jamie participates in Project NEO as a volunteer tutor and mentor for students at Repetto Elementary School. She is a graduating senior attending San Gabriel High School, and takes additional Calculus and Linear Algebra classes at Pasadena City College. Jamie plans to pursue an electrical engineering degree at a secondary college starting Fall 2017.
2017 Suk Ching Leung Scholarship & Cheou Wang Scholarship Recipient
Charlie is a volunteer with the ACE After-School and Summer Programs. He assists with classroom management and working individually with students. Charlie is a graduating senior attending Gabrielino High School. He will be pursing degree in Mechanical Engineering at UC San Diego starting Fall 2017.
2017 Suk Ching Leung Scholarship Recipient
Phoenix was enrolled in the Accelerating Children’s Education (ACE) After-School Program for a total of 9 years, and has volunteered with phone banking at AYC. She is currently a freshman at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles as a pre-nursing student.
2017 Cheou Wang Scholarship Recipient
Emily has been a volunteer with the ACE Summer Program and Development Activities. She is a graduating senior attending Gabrielino High School. She will be pursuing degree in Bioengineering or Biomedical Engineering at UCLA starting Fall 2017.
Once again, congratulations to our scholarship recipients! We are sure that these scholarships will help our youth pursue their goals and highest aspirations!
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AYC hosted its first-ever Youth Development Day on March 11, where 35 youth participated in Mentorship Training followed by a College and Career Panel.
The event could not have been successful without all the inspirational panelists and speakers of our College and Career Panel. Thank you Chief Harris and Lt. Valdez of San Gabriel Police Department, Simone Liu of Wells Fargo Advisors, Sherry Lee Berkin of Cal State Long Beach, Robert Herrera of Ideal Legal Group, Bruce Chen of Eagle Strategies, LLC and Joe Luu for helping us make our first Youth Development Day such a success!
We are sure that this day made a strong and positive impact on the youth of our community and will inspire them to work hard to achieve their dreams!
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