The Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) was incorporated in May of 1970 as a coalition of Japantown-based youth groups that came together to create a voice for young people in the community. The mission of the organization has been to cultivate and enrich the lives of children and youth from diverse, multicultural communities throughout San Francisco and beyond.
While the organization continues to serve the Japantown community, JCYC has evolved into a citywide children and youth development organization, serving over 7,000 young people annually from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds and neighborhoods throughout San Francisco and San Mateo County. JCYC programs support children and youth from the time they start preschool until they enter college. The organization strives to offer young people a comprehensive array of services to ensure that children and youth have the resources and support necessary to grow into healthy, productive adults.
Additionally, the focus of JCYC’s current programs also includes college access and workforce development. Over the past several years, JCYC is a lead agency in implementing San Francisco’s newest youth workforce program Opportunities For All.