Youth Community Project Team (YCPT)
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Youth Community Project Team
The Youth Community Project Team (YCPT) is a youth-led group of dedicated high school students that collectively engages in projects to uphold the mission of Korean American Family Services Center (KAFSC), specifically in spreading awareness to the local communities about domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and relationship abuse. Students of YCPT undergo trainings and workshops in their weekly meetings to be able to apply knowledge about healthy relationships to practice. Through YCPT, members develop self-confidence, leadership and communication skills, and dissemination strategies to help create a violence-free society. In addition to these engagements, YCPT also participates in KAFSC’s major events to support the cause of the agency.
YCPT meets every Friday from 5 pm to 7:30 pm (YCPT Core meetings from 7:30 pm to 8 pm). Prospective members must undergo the application process, followed by an interview with the Youth Program Coordinator.
For information or to apply, please contact:
Brian at 718.460.3801 ext. 19 or email@example.com.
Thank you for a great year! - H.J., Senior
We don’t do this to look good. We do this because we all want to make a change in this community. We do this because we love our community and we want it to be better. - K.A., Junior
YCPT for me has been a “second home”, where I have gotten to know many people I would have never met. I have formed meaningful relationships with many people and made new friends. - Y.K., Junior
Written by Sherry Chen, July 2017
Dreary-looking eyes stared blankly at me. Faces of unknown strangers glared at me. That was my first day at the Youth Community Project Team (YCPT). YCPT is a community service organization led by high school students committed to end domestic violence, sexual assault, and abusive relationships. While the other YCPT members passionately advocated for prevention against domestic violence, I failed to grasp the enthusiasm that everyone else felt. I often buried myself at the farthest table to distance myself from others. This all changed when our youth coordinator announced an outreach activity for YCPT. Hesitantly, I volunteered to hand out flyers on Main Street in Flushing, Queens.
The mid December air was so cold that every breath I took burned my swollen throat. The wind blew mercilessly, hitting my red cheeks as I shivered in the cold. I stood outside, handing out flyers to the passers-by. An hour passed and only a handful of people took the flyer to pity my teary eyes as the gusts of winds hurdled over me. With no gloves or a scarf, I felt my fingers start to freeze. Another hour passed, my flyers filled the tarnished streets and reeking garbage cans. On the verge of giving up, a middle-aged women in a beige trench coat and dark brown sunglasses approached me. “Hello, Miss. Would you like a flyer?” I asked the woman with a soft and light smile. She slowly took my flyer, stared into the paper and responded with a half-broken grin, “Thank you, I really needed it.” Just as she was about to leave, she hesitated and took a light step toward me. The woman pulled down her sunglasses, revealing a dark brown bruise across her emerald eyes. She explained that a month ago, her husband had physically beaten her up before she filed charges against him. “He beat me…until blood squirted from my mouth, and I had to hide in the bathroom tub,” she murmured as tears dripped from her dimpled chin. I placed my hand on her shoulder, then took the flyer and pointed at the section for free counseling and the Rainbow House Shelter. I looked her in the eye, hugged her and wished her good luck.
“Our organization offers a free 24/7 bilingual hotline so please give us a call. We need more people to know that there are resources in the community and to reach out for help.” She promised she would and smiled at me. From that smile, I felt an aura of hope radiate from her. After the outreach, our organization received three new calls to the hotline.
After that incident, I sincerely understood the prevalence of abuse in society and this compelled me to be more active in YCPT. In the weeks that followed, I organized presentations at my high school to educate students, gave speeches in front of large crowds at venues and eventually became the President of YCPT. In working with my extraordinary group members, I have seen the therapeutic support and life-changing miracles for victims of domestic violence. This organization truly taught me the power of a supportive and open community to shed light into the dark, hidden secrets of a victim’s life. Every Friday, when I sit down with the other members, I am reassured that the value of my efforts is not trivial nor useless. Sometimes, it just takes a kind word of consideration to truly listen and understand others’ stories. My power as an individual may be small but together with the other YCPT members, we make a big difference.
Although I alone will not be able to completely end domestic violence and abuse for everyone, I may have made a change to that woman’s life.
Presidential Service Award
YCPT participates in the Presidential Service Award, a national volunteer service program (www.presidentialserviceawards.gov). Students will receive recognition from the US government for their service if they complete the required amount of service hours:
|Teens (11–15)||50 – 74||75 – 99||100 +|
|Young Adults (16-25)||100 – 174||175 – 249||250 +|