Jeff (misterlouiie) wrote in _queer_teens_,

An AMAZING Opportunity!

Hey all!

To everyone who is going to be in New York City this summer and don't really have plans, come join Chinatown Youth Initiatives! It's a for-youth-by-youth program, meaning the participants are generally high schoolers, and the curriculum is led by high school seniors and college students. It's a really amazing program, learn more about it and consider joining!

Chinatown Youth Initiatives is a youth-led organization based in Manhattan's Chinatown.  Our motto is "Exploration. Education. Empowerment."  The goal of CYI is to get high school students across the city involved with community issues, specifically Chinatown and the Asian-American community.  Programs affiliated with CYI include: Chinatown Literacy Project, Chinatown Beautification Day, and Summer Leadership Institute.

Summer Leadership Institute is a weekly program starting from the end of June until August.  Participants meet for workshops every Saturday for the duration of the program.  These workshops are centered around social issues, ranging from the gentrification of Chinatown to gender and sex identity.  We expose our participants to aspects of Asian-American history that are not usually covered in academic curriculums and current events that are not widely publicized.  In doing so, we encourage our members to think critically of the social and political implications, and how they may have still have effects on present culture today.  We also encourage our participants to brainstorm how, as young students, they can tackle these issues and become effective members of the community.

It may seem as if it sounds like it's all work and no fun, but in fact, it's a great chance to meet new friends, get free food, and enjoy games. The summer goes by really fast, and before you know it, you won't want to leave!

If you or anyone else have any questions, please feel free to visit our website is For more information about the Summer Leadership Institute, visit The application is already attached as a PDF or Word.

Looking forward to meeting you guys!

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