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EBAYC envisions a future where all young people grow up to be lifelong builders of a just and compassionate multicultural society. Our mission is to support all youth be to be safe, smart, and socially responsible. We believe that if we partner with public and private institutions to provide young people with a continuum of high-quality support and opportunities and if we engage families to actively participate in the public arena to improve the quality of neighborhood life, then our young people will be safe, smart, and socially responsible. Thus, EBAYC builds strategic partnerships with schools, city and county governments, and community organizations, and establishes trusting relationships with families to provide seamless services to support youth. Our diverse menu of services include youth violence prevention, expanded learning, and civic and community engagement.
EBAYC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was founded in 1976 in Berkeley by Asian American high school youth who were sons and daughters of Japanese, Chinese and Pilipino immigrants. Feeling invisible within the Berkeley community’s white/black social paradigm, these youth sought to build a place where Asian American youth could connect with caring and understanding adults who would affirm their cultural identity and guide their personal growth. EBAYC expanded to Oakland in 1988 to respond to the rapid and growing influx of gang-involved Southeast Asian youth to the local juvenile justice system. EBAYC sought to guide these youth away from gang involvement and court oversight by engaging them and their families in supportive and mutually accountable relationships with our staff. With our home office permanently moved to Oakland in 1997, EBAYC recognized the need to focus our services in the San Antonio neighborhood and changed our focus and strategy from "race" to "place," to serve the diverse low income youth population in the area.
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