YWCA City of New York Flushing Branch
YWCA Committee for Youth Education and Development (CYED)

42-07 Parsons Blvd. Flushing, NY 11355
Voice: (718) 353-4553 X23
Fax: (718) 353-4044
e-mail: ywca1@worldnet.att.net

Asian American Youth Speak Out 2000
(Speech Competition for Asian American teens)
YWCA of the U.S.A.
YMCA of the U.S.A.


The YWCA Committee for Youth Education and Development (CYED), a committee of the YWCA/NYC Flushing Branch, a 22 year old veteran community-based organization, was established in November 1999 to address the current issues that Asian American youth are facing:

  • 47.7% of Asian American children are born into poor or near poor families.
  • One out of three Asian American NYC public high school students drop out or fail to graduate with their class.
  • 17% of Asian American boys in grades 5-12 reported physical abuse, the highest compared to any other ethnic group in their age category.
  • The number of Asian American youth arrests increased 38% for major criminal activities in New York City from 1993-1996.
  • Young Asian American women ages 15-24 have the highest suicide rate in their age group.
  • Asian American girls in grades 5 to 12 have the highest rates of depressive symptoms
  • Population increase deserves more care: (1) Asian children now account for 10.3 % of public NYC schools. (2) Youth 18 and under now equal one-quarter of Asian population in this city.
  • Every 1 hour, an Asian American baby is born to a teen mother
  • Every 6 hours, an Asian American child is arrested for drug abuse


To support the expansion and improve the quality of education and development programs for youth by pursuing the following objectives:

  1. Raise awareness in the community about the YWCA Youth Center and current issues of Asian American youth.
  2. Seek innovative ideas to further augment educational and developmental programs for youth while securing quality of YWCA Youth Center programs.
  3. Increase the availability for role models while using language and cultural sensitivity as a foundation for youth outreach and programming.


Advisor: Grace Lyu-Volkhausen, Board Member, YWCA City of New York;
           Board Member, YWCA City of New York Flushing Branch


  • Tseng Chow, Project Manager, Paine Webber
  • Paul Jeun, Associate Attorney, Hawkins, Delafield, and Wood
  • Parag Khandar, Census 2000 Coordinator, Asian American Federation of NY
  • Sunny Kim, Sales and Marketing Associate, SK Global;
    Board Member, Asian Professional Extension
  • John Liu, Consultant, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
  • Paul Shean, Consultant, Andersen Consulting;
    Advancement Committee Chair, y-KAN Korean American Network
  • Helen Shin, Gallery Administrative Assistant, Richard York Gallery

Staff: Jennifer Choi, Youth Center Director, YWCA City of New York Flushing Branch