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About Us

Helping youth and families succeed in school, at work, and in life

Our Mission

Asian Youth Center's mission is to empower low-income, immigrant, and at-risk youth, of all communities, to overcome barriers to success through the provision of culturally and linguistically competent education, employment, and social services.

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Supporting students, parents & community members.

Providing resources for community members.

Empowering youth and their families.

Providing critical food and pantry staples.

Meet Our Leadership


Bryan Chau

Board President

Elizabeth Yang

First Vice President

Todd Becker, J.D.

Second Vice President

Kenny Chung


Meet Our Team

Our Team

Michelle L. Freridge

Executive Director

Christine Najung Lee

Deputy Director

Jerica Finley Orozco

Director of Contract Compliance

Aida Cerda

Education and Community Engagement Program Director


  • 1989: Asian Youth Project was established by the Asian Task Force of the United Way. Its founding members included May L. To and Judy Chu, before she was the first Chinese-American woman elected to Congress.
  • 1990: Asian Youth Project becomes a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is renamed the Asian Youth Center (AYC). 
  • 1996: AYC wins an At-Risk Youth Competitive Grant from the Open Space District, allowing the agency to acquire and develop its headquarters in San Gabriel, CA.
  • 2009: Asian Youth Center started services in the Antelope Valley.
  • 2020: Emergency Food Program expands to fit the increased needs of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • 2021: Asian Youth Center was named a California Non Profit of the Year by Senator Susan Rubio.
  • 2022: Asian Youth Center opened new Antelope Valley building to support programs and services.

Ways to Give

Support our mission through your business or organization.

Donations help low-income and immigrant community members.

Contribute your time and expertise to our mission.

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