Meet Our Co-Founders
In 1990, Officer Robert Sayaphupha and I founded the Asian Youth Services Committee (AYSC). Our goals were to address the need of Asian youth. Robert and I felt strongly that there was a great Asian youth social need, one where the needs of recent Asian immigrant youth were not being met. The community had programs to address tutoring, job planning and job training, but the one thing lacking was the recognition and implementation of events to meet the social needs of these young people. The AYSC was formed to address those needs.
The AYSC is somewhat similar to a community service organization. The main difference is that in helping others and with funds generated by AYSC events, members develop needed self-esteem and a sense of camaraderie and trust with other youth. The AYSC is composed of and run by middle and high school students with the help of adult advisors.
The AYSC provides many activities and sponsors large events where the members are taught to analyze, to organize, to write projections and budgets and to bring about a meaningful conclusion. They are taught how to delegate, to encourage others to participate and to have fun. They become skillful leaders.
AYSC members come from different backgrounds, socially and economically, however they soon develop a great sense of camaraderie and trust with each other. It is sad to recollect that our first president, a Chinese youth with great promise, who tried very hard to escape his environment, was drawn back to his old group and was eventually shot to death. Other AYSC members have gone on to college and higher institutions and are now living productive lives.
Of course, people make the difference in any organization and the AYSC have been very fortunate to have good people in abundance to make the AYSC so successful. There were officers and advisors Warren Young, Panya Sawan, Barry Ko and Tam Dinh. Along with community Advisors like Ghet Tran, Everett James, Cheryl Louie and Sifu Robert Lee, the instructor of the AYSC Lion Dance Team.
But the great pride is having youth like Carl Lee, Peter Luu, Jack Chung, Vivian Lee, Annie Lu, Ann Chau, Dorothy Lam, Lung Louie, Kenny Phoung, Anthony Lee and Anthony Lam. And there were Kelly Paik, Jamerson Ng, Sina Chen, Perry Chan, Becky Wu, Tutram Nguyen, Suzy Lu and Vinh Bui. And who can forget Pamela Liu, Vicki Ko, Van Au, Ty Lam, Danell Mason, Cheryl Yee, Robert Jue, Mindy So, Cindy Lau, Cindy Fung, Sui Song, Sang Lay, Michelle Kang, Jennifer Chow, Tony Quang and so many, many others.
I believe that the AACC and the AYSC have met their original goals and will continue to meet and exceed those goals.
Written by Co-Founder, Walter Y. Chinn