Chinatown Youth Initiatives is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering New York City youth with the knowledge and skills to address the needs of Chinatown, Asian Americans and other underrepresented communities. One of the events that we host to achieve these goals is CYI’s annual Chinatown Beautification Day! What began as a mission to address the concerns of the negligence of post 9/11’s Lower East Side has since then evolved into a two part event that brings youth from all around the city to participate in a unique learning experience.

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Cleanup Day

This day gives the volunteers a chance to go out onto the streets of Chinatown armed with brooms, dustpans, and garbage bags. This part of the event not only shows the Chinatown community that we really care, but will also act as a message, telling the people who traverse Chinatown to remember to take care of the community.

Youth Conference

Our Youth Conference is a full-day event for youth participants to explore the social justice issues and experiences that they are interested in or already passionate about. Through a day of workshops, panels, and small group discussions, CBD conference participants explored solutions to these obstacles while educating and empowering their peers.


Meet The CBD'22 Team

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Vanessa Chen


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Seraphina Ng


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Jinyu Xu


CBD 2021 Photos