Forty four years ago, a small group of volunteers came together at the Asian American Drug Abuse Program to create an outreach project for the newly arrived and underserved Korean community in Los Angeles. That small project became the Korean Youth Center, a place where Korean teens would drop in for after-school tutoring or a pickup basketball game. Over the years, our organization evolved from a nonprofit solely serving the Korean American community to one that is committed to providing programs for Koreatown’s multiethnic population. As this neighborhood grows and gentrifies, KYCC remains committed to helping out the low-income residents who live here, by beautifying their streets and providing them with services that will strengthen their children and families. If you share this passion, there are so many ways for you to get involved with KYCC! You can volunteer to go outside and plant a tree, or help with a neighborhood cleanup. Or you could put your math or writing skills to use in the classroom, if you want to help a young student build their confidence in school. Around the holidays, you can donate or wrap gifts for us to distribute to some children who might not otherwise receive a present. Many of our volunteers have gone on to become long-term KYCC employees, because once they walk through our doors, they realize that KYCC is a very special place. Some employees have left for other jobs, only to return to KYCC years later. Our work is fulfilling for many volunteers, and our agency is genuinely respectful towards our staff and supporters. Come see for yourselves, and help make our town, your town!
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