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Chinatown Community Builders (CCB) by Chinatown Youth Initiatives (CYI) is a new summer program empowering high school students to drive social change in New York City's Chinatown [and APIA communities] by developing community-oriented projects that address key issues and foster cross-generational, cross-racial solidarity.

CCB serves passionate 10th and 11th grade students with bold visions and a commitment to service for an 8-week fellowship program to develop a student-led initiative that will address the needs of Chinatown and Asian American communities.

Through project development and collaborative leadership and mentorship training, fellows will pitch their project ideas to CYI's Board of Directors for a chance to receive up to $1,000, ongoing coaching, and the opportunity to turn their impactful community-focused solutions into CYI's next pillar program.

Join us in fostering cross-generatio
nal solidarity while making a tangible difference in Chinatown's future through the next generation of youth leaders!

WHY DID CYI DEVELOP
CHINATOWN COMMUNITY BUILDERS?

CYI has seen that community-oriented projects are part of the movement for social change. As a youth-led organization, CYI has consistently been amazed by the initiatives started by youth. Given that NYC public schools don’t have the resources or expertise to assist students in developing their own project ideas, CYI is launching this new program to help high school students incubate project ideas to benefit the Chinatown community and bring these ideas to life.

CHINATOWN COMMUNITY BUILDERS' SUMMER CURRICULUM FOR HIGH SCHOOL FELLOWS

This is the perfect opportunity for high school students interested in being part of the movement for social change to develop community-oriented projects that aim to better serve New York City’s Chinatown and to allow for cross-cultural collaboration in other communities. All of CYI’s existing programming was brought to life by the generational efforts of young leaders invested in their communities and have always been centered around the importance of service to generate cross-generational, cross-racial solidarity. 

High school students WILL...

01.

UNDERSTAND CHINATOWN's HISTORY TO HELP SHAPE ITS FUTURE

02.

GENERATE NEW PROJECTS TO BENEFIT CHINATOWN

03.

GAIN LEADERSHIP SKILLS FOR COLLEGE AND BEYOND

04.

MEET OTHERS PASSIONATE IN SOCIAL JUSTICE

 

05.

CREATE SOCIAL CHANGE

 

Frequently asked questions

CYI is no longer seeking high school fellows to join Chinatown Community Builders for 2024 summer. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to see if your question has been answered. Please reach out to Lin Mo, CCB's Program Director, at Lin@cyinyc.org for additional questions. 

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