CURRENT YOUTH PROGRAMS
AAU Summer Program
The AAU Summer Program is a youth leadership program and a summer school for children. By training high school and college students to be teachers and mentors to children in their community, we simultaneously:
- serve an unmet community need for affordable summer enrichment programs;
- provide positive role models for children;
- enhance children’s learning with a multicultural literacy-based interactive curriculum, project-based learning, and caring tutors and mentors;
- create the opportunity for youth to make real world contributions to their communities;
- bridge generations, and
- develop their academic, leadership, and personal skills that will serve them throughout their lives.
This past summer, 12 local high school and college students were trained to be teachers and mentors. They team taught the classes while also learning leadership, teamwork and organizing skills. They taught elementary school children that just entered grades 2 to 9 this Fall. The curriculum included leadership training and team-building, a community action project connected to AAU’s Greening Project, sports, games, visual arts, music, history and cultural appreciation.
Contact: Judy Ha, Summer Program Coordinator
Chinese Youth Organizing Project (CYOP)
Since 2010, AAU has started working with a group of underserved Chinese immigrant youth on different issues they face. These youth have named their group “Chinese Youth Organizing Project” (CYOP). Throughout the school year, the youth meet every Friday for two hours to address some of the problems they see everyday: school violence, low school attendance, low high school graduation rate, language barrier (English as second language), low exposure to artistic and recreational activities, limited or no knowledge of the college application process, social oppression, etc.
AAU’s youth programs develop youth to become individually, socially, and politically aware, exercise their voice and participate in active struggles for justice. Through this work, we create leaders who sustain, fight for, and give back to our communities. This past year, 15 youth leaders volunteered to sit on a committee that meet separately on the direction and implementation of the program.