Our expansion into the Central Valley region was fueled by our organizational commitment to serve young people who live in high-need neighborhoods with a significant population of Asian families.
EBAYC was given the opportunity to expand our organization regionally, thanks to the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Our expansion into the Central Valley region was fueled by our organizational commitment to serve young people who live in high-need neighborhoods with a significant population of Asian families. Our pilot services in Sacramento and in Fresno have been strongly embraced by the youth and parent communities there.
“EBAYC has helped me develop new ways to help my children with their education and to get other parents more involved in their children’s school.”
– Mirza Para, parent
Our expansion into Fresno is rooted in our organizational commitment to partnering with parents and residents to identify and address the needs of the community. After conducting a door-to-door listening campaign with over 300 households to ask parents what would help their children succeed, the need of academic support arose as the main need.
EBAYC brought the parents’ concerns to the administrators of Vang Pao Elementary School and Sequoia Middle School. They established a Parent Design Team comprised of 34 parents. Collaboration between school administration, parents, and EBAYC led to the creation of the Family Learning Center, which provides academic support, mentoring, and community resources to families and students with the goals of improving student attendance, academic achievement, and high-school readiness.
“EBAYC is like my second family…. (They) have helped me and my friends who have struggled with poverty and gang violence to realize we can succeed. Now, I know to never give up on my hopes and dreams and to keep my head up.”
– Fong Thao, Luther Burbank High School student
With our expansion into Sacramento, we hope to bring a true replication of our comprehensive youth services to the area. EBAYC’s family and student counseling partnerships with Grant Union High School, Luther Burbank High School, and Hiram Johnson High School have made a tremendous impact on the community. In addition to providing counseling services at these three high schools, we have also implemented our hallmark Street Team case management approach, working with youth on court-ordered probation.