Strengthening and replicating culturally responsive trauma-informed services for Southeast Asian young men in Sacramento and Fresno, Calif.

The Foundation's Forward Promise initiative was designed to improve the health of young men and boys of color and enhance their opportunities for success in school, work, and life.East Bay Asian Youth Center's model targets 300 Southeast Asian young men, specifically Cambodian, Hmong, and Lao Iu-Mien, who are high-risk juvenile offenders and reside in Oakland, Sacramento, and Fresno, California. The model includes three core interventions. First, to conduct intensive outreach to high-risk juvenile offenders and their parents/caregivers to initiate an ongoing working relationship. Second, to provide intensive case management support and guidance to each youth that includes contact with each youth, parent/caregiver, collaborates with teachers and administrators to monitor attendance and academic progress; provides access to and collaboration with needed support services; and maintains consistent communications and frequent collaboration with probation officers to evaluate progress toward compliance with probation conditions. Third, EBAYC facilitates innovative therapeutic activity groups to engage youth to explore the presence and impact of trauma in their lives. Using digital video production, young men investigate the role trauma has played in influencing their emotional and social development through various visual storytelling formats, including video diaries, and documentary and narrative formats. The activities in this effort include: (1) Strengthen the quality and effectiveness of therapeutic activity groups by integrating the use of trauma-informed care frameworks, standards, and practices by providing on-going professional training, coaching, and collaboration time; (2) Improve case management service quality and effectiveness through the use of the Social Solutions Effort-To-Outcome performance management system; (3) Secure local public and private sector support to replicate the program model to scale in Sacramento and Fresno beginning July 2015.

East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC) is a grantee of the RWJF Forward Promise Initiative.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $495,416.00

Awarded on: 5/1/2013

Time frame: 7/1/2013 - 12/31/2015

Grant Number: 70950


East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC)

2025 East 12th Street
Oakland, CA, 94606-4925


David Kakishiba
Project Director