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The mission of The Cambodian Family is to provide opportunities for immigrant families to develop the knowledge, skills, and desires for creating health and well-being in their lives.
The mission of the Plan Ahead Youth Program (PAYP) is to help young people develop a positive vision for the future and attain the skills to turn their visions into reality. Our primary goals are to help youths develop their character strengths, improve their academic performance, expand their career options, and maintain good physical health.
The Cambodian Family was established in 1980 by Cambodian refugees who had escaped the "killing fields" of the Khmer Rouge regime in their native country. They then survived for years in refugee camps before resettling in the low-income Bishop Manor/Minnie Street neighborhoods of Santa Ana. Feeling compelled to address the desperate needs of their community, the group pooled in resources to rent an apartment where volunteers taught newcomers English and provided social adjustment services to help fellow refugee families recover from past trauma, learn new skills, and move forward with their lives. The impact and legacy left by this original group still guides the mission of our work today.
Over the last 34 years, The Cambodian Family has evolved into a multi-ethnic agency that has provided integrated human services to help thousands of immigrants and refugees who have come to Orange County from around the world. We currently focus our efforts in the areas of community health, youth services, and community engagement/leadership development.