Programs

Adult Education Program

We provide English and Citizenship instruction, support services and tutoring to immigrant adults, with an emphasis on promoting participation in the social, cultural, economic, and political mainsteam of U.S. society.

Chinatown Stabilization Campaign

We work to stabilize and grow Chinatown as a working class, family neighborhood and regional center for the Chinese American community through organizing for democratic neighborhood decision-making, community-driven planning, job opportunities from development, affordable housing, tenant rights, and citywide policy reform.

2013 CYI Summer Interns at Tour R Chinatown Rally and March

Chinese Youth Initiative

We provide avenues for youth to develop community awareness and involvement through a summer internship for high school-aged youth and year-round workshops, socials, and community organizing projects.

Coalition-Building

We develop and participate in citywide and regional coalitions such as the Boston Tenant Coalition, Community Labor United, Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative, and Right to the City.

Drop-In Services and Membership Activities

We provide drop-in information, referrals, and know-your-rights counseling on a wide range of issues. We also provide voter registration and information, Chinse survival certificate renewal, and immigration forms. Membership activities include a drop-in “tea time,” field trips, and social gatherings.

Henry Wong and You King Yee Memorial Gallery

We provide a small exhibit space, the Henry Wong and You King Yee Memorial Gallery, with an entrace at One Nassau Street, for photography and art which document and express community struggles. Exhibits are produced by the Gallery Committee as well as by partnering with community/cultural groups and artists.

Political Empowerment

We increase the civic participation and collective political clout of the Chinese community. Our strategy is to combine particpatory issue-based organizing with broad based voter education activities, expand our local political base, and build coalitions with other disenfranchised communities.

Worker Center

We help Chinese workers learn about and fight for their rights on the job or on the unemployment line. We organize the unorganized through collective action, develop workers’ voice in the policy arena, and strengthen the leadership role of Chinese workers in the community and society.