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U.S. Bank, the fifth largest bank in the country, has made a $60,000 commitment to provide support to Asian American and Pacific Islanders Initiative (AAPI) organizations. Among the sites selected were the coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) in Minneapolis/St. Paul; the Asian Pacific Heritage Foundation of San Francisco; the Chinese Information Service Center of Seattle; the Center for Pan-Asian Community Services in Atlanta, Georgia; the Pacific Arts Coalition of San Diego; and most importantly for this community, the Asian Youth Center (AYC) of San Gabriel.
The Asian Youth Center has served the youth of the western San Gabriel Valley, and beyond, for many years. The AYC is a grass roots organization founded in 1989 as the Asian Youth Project by the Asian Task Force of the United Way. Today it serves 3,000 youth and their families over one-third of Los Angeles County.
“We are proud to announce the Asian Youth Center was selected for our L.A. Market,” said U.S. Bank officials. “The Asian Youth Center will be provided with $10,000 to support additional research and survey work with Asian residents in the San Gabriel Valley to help guide future policy work and community programs.”
The award is significant because it demonstrates the growing importance of the AYC in the community and its work on behalf of, not just Asian youth, but serving the needs of young people regardless of who they are.