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’s goal in Sacramento is to bring a true replication of our comprehensive youth services to the area while being responsive to the unique needs of the community.
Sac Kids First
EBAYC is proud to be a part of the Sac Kids First Coalition, the first effort of its kind for Sacramento to create a secure funding source for the city’s youth. The Sacramento Children’s Fund Act will require the City of Sacramento to set aside $12 million annually for children’s and youth services and is anticipated to benefit 20,000 children and youth annually. In an effort led by young people and their community, the Sac Kids First Coalition collected over 38,000 voter signatures to get the measure qualified for the March 2020 ballot. The measure and outreach strategy is modeled after EBAYC’s successful efforts in 1996 to pass the Oakland Kids First measure, as well as similar measures in Richmond and San Francisco, Oakland Kids First has already yielded powerful results; student attendance rates have increased and 93% of parents reported increased access to resources and support.
Serving Youth in our Community
EBAYC’s family and student counseling partnerships with Grant Union High School, Luther Burbank High School and Hiram Johnson High School, along with our newest partnership with Valley High School, have made a tremendous impact on the community. In addition to providing counseling services at these high schools, we have also implemented our hallmark Street Team case management approach, working with youth on court-ordered probation to envision brighter futures.
South East Asian Youth in Action Summit
In response to the lack of safe, supportive spaces for South East Asian youth to connect with each other, EBAYC coordinates an annual youth summit for Southeast Asian youth at Sacramento State University in collaboration with its Admission and Outreach Department. Founded in 2015, the South East Asian Youth Summit focuses on youth development, college and career readiness, exposure to a college campus and an opportunity for young individuals to connect with others that share similar cultural and personal experiences. The summit includes youth from all of our partner high schools and serves over 200 young people.
Our thanks to the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the California Reducing Disparity Project from the Department of Public Health for giving EBAYC the opportunity to expand our organization regionally.