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The mission of the Youth for Chinatown Elderly Program is to recruit and train youth, adult and elderly volunteers in the Chinese community to prevent, prepare for and cope with emergencies. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the program also seeks to provide a sense of purpose and human dignity for both youth and elders. Through integrated activites, mutual sharing experiences and education, young people learn to maximize their potential and become responsible contributors to society.

Founded in 1972 in response to the large number of Chinese immigrants arriving in San Francisco, YCE promotes self-development, communication skills and a positive attitude to help immigrant youth and elderly adapt to a new country. New immigrant youths need a sense of belonging and the knowledge that they are doing something positive for themselves and others. Through their interaction with the elderly, they can develop the social skills and self-confidence that will help them transition into mainstream culture while maintaining their own heritage, cultural awareness and past ties.

As the economy and influx of new immigrants continue to generate an increasingly competitive society, the elderly are often ignored. They may no longer play as vital of a role in their families as they have in the past. Problems arise when they have little or no ability to communicate with English-speaking care givers, service providers and other residents. YCE provides youth partners for them and reconnects them with the community to prevent feelings of isolation and loneliness. Through the sharing of their life experience with the youths, the elderly regain their dignity and sense of purpose in life.

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For more information, or if you are interested in making a donation to YCE, contact Michael Wong at WongMi@usa.redcross.org or call (415) 427-8077.

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