Youth Community Project Team (YCPT)
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Youth Community Project Team
The Youth Community Project Team (YCPT) is a group of local high school students committed to preventing and ending domestic violence, sexual assault, and relationship abuse, and creating a violence-free society. We educate ourselves, our peers and our community about abuse and healthy relationships through weekly discussions and outreach projects that we design and implement ourselves. Our work to engage our peers and our greater Asian American community also hones our team-building, leadership and advocacy skills. YCPT a program of the Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC).
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 +|
YCPT meets every Friday from 5pm – 7:30pm in Flushing. Students must be attending High School to be a part of YCPT. Both students and parents will be screened through an in-house interview with the Youth Program Coordinator.
For information or to apply, please contact:
Lydia 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 Injee Choi, August 2016
When I first walked through the doors of YCPT, I was a quiet, sheltered sophomore. Of course, I knew the mission of YCPT, but I had not been exposed to the full potential of the small group of high schoolers. Throughout my experience as a YCPT member, I was able to experience how a small group of advocates can better the community. Events such as the Purple 5K run, handing out pamphlets in Main Street, the play, and the youth conference opened my eyes to how small acts of outreach can help lives.
I was able to experience community outreach firsthand through YCPT. Fighting the chilling winds and crowded streets, handing out pens and pamphlets on Main Street will remain an iconic YCPT event for me. Although it was a difficult challenge, I still remember the rushing feeling of gratefulness and pride when a woman called the hotline from the pamphlet one of our members handed out. Hearing the good news made my Friday evening worth the long train ride and walk in the cold. Although only one out of the hundreds who got the pamphlet called, the outcome of the event still proved that any action can be helpful.
With YCPT, I had the opportunity to inform the public about DV. One memorable experience was speaking to my peers at school regarding technology abuse. As a student I believe at school, students are expected to sit through several hours of formulaic material; many schools do not focus on important social issues such as domestic violence. Hence, the 30-minute presentation with some of my classmates felt like an impacting experience for both me and the listeners. Researching and speaking out about the issue increased my knowledge on the common issue. Additionally, I felt more comfortable speaking about the issue as an advocate.
In addition to DV, I also learned to be a leader. Two years ago, the wallflower me would have never thought I was shaped to be a leader. However, with warm encouragements from other members and Lydia teacher, I stepped out of my comfort zone with small steps at a time. I began to express my ideas in small groups at first, even among those I have not spoken to yet. As new members came, I reached out to them because I knew exactly what went on in their minds as an incoming YCPT member. Even in big projects such as the play and the youth conference, I began to feel less awkward taking on leadership roles. Throughout all these experiences, I felt myself maturing as a confident advocate and leader.
Overall, if I were to write all of the events and moments of YCPT that I am thankful for, I would have to publish a novel. Throughout this amazing organization, the shy sophomore that walked in with only a basic knowledge of DV grew to be a proud leader and advocate ready to enter the real world.