March 2, 2020
The 2020 CYI summer internship application is now open! This program provides a paid opportunity for high-school students to develop their leadership skills and build their community. Applications are due April 8th, 2020.
The mission of the Chinese Youth Initiative is to develop youth leadership in the Chinese American community. We strive to accomplish this goal by cultivating awareness about the issues facing Chinese Americans and providing youth with experience in grassroots community organizing.
Since 1994, CYI has brought together Chinese American youth from all over the Boston area. Sponsored by the Chinese Progressive Association, the program’s mission is to develop and involve youth leadership in the Chinese American community. We strive to accomplish this goal through cultivating awareness around Chinese American issues and providing youth with experience in grassroots community organizing.
CYI was started with the notion that, if given guidance, opportunity, and experience in making a difference, many youth would want to better understand our society and create positive change in their communities. We empower youth through education, leadership skills development, and taking action!
CYI hosts a seven week paid summer internship that provides high school students with the opportunity to learn about and make a difference in the Chinese American community in Boston. The internship covers issues such as worker rights, community stabilization, immigrant rights, and political empowerment. With each topic, interns learn about the history, exlore their personal connection, and take action to improve the conditions for the community. Youth in our program have left with life long friendships and empowered to make change. An application and interview process is required and typically takes place in April and May every year.
Applications for the 2019 CYI Summer Internship is now available online at http://tinyurl.com/y772wktw . Application deadline is Sunday, April 7th, 2019. If you would like a paper application or have any other questions, please email Erin Chow (erin[at]cpaboston.org) to find out more!
Chinese Youth Initiative’s year-round program is open to ALL youth who want to get involved with the Chinatown community. Throughout the year, CYI provides opportunities for youth to develop their leadership and deepen their awareness and involvement in Boston’s Chinatown by taking on different issues and projects that address community issues. Youth can become involved in many different ways! CYI has a monthly event on the last Friday of each month. Interested? Contact the youth coordinator for more information.
Currently, CYI paid Youth Staff are working on a campaign surrounding public transit. Interested in getting involved? Email Erin Chow (erin[at]cpaboston.org) to find out more!
Every June, CYI hosts the annual Chinatown Bike-a-thon fundraiser. This is an opportunity to promote healthy living in our community and raise funds for CYI. We will form a Bike-a-thon committee soon to start preparations. Youth and adults are welcome to join!
Join the “Chinese Youth Initiative” Facebook group for more updates or e-mail our youth coordinator Erin at erin at cpaboston.org (“@” has been replaced by “at” in the e-mail address to avoid spam).