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Boston Asian Youth Essential Service

 199 Harrison Avenue
 Boston, MA 02111
[P] (617) 482-4243
[F] (617) 482-3620
Jane Leung
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 23-7288855

LAST UPDATED: 05/30/2018
Organization DBA Boston Asian YES, BAYES, YES, Asian YES, Chinese YES
Former Names Boston Chinese: Youth Essential Service (1984)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

YES's mission is to Inspire Asian youth to discover and actualize their greatest potential.
Goal 1-to provide high quality youth services and programs to empower youth with the knowledge, skills, values, experiences, resources, opportunities, positive peer and adult relationships, and strong connection to community that will enable them to live happy, healthy, productive and successful lives, and be contributing and resourceful members of their family, community and society.
Goal 2- direct services to youth whose lifestyles, personal and family situations have put them in high-risk situations, and their needs are inadequately met.
Goal 3- be a well-managed, responsive and accessible organization that offers culturally competent services to meet the needs and interests of targeted youth.

Mission Statement

YES's mission is to Inspire Asian youth to discover and actualize their greatest potential.
Goal 1-to provide high quality youth services and programs to empower youth with the knowledge, skills, values, experiences, resources, opportunities, positive peer and adult relationships, and strong connection to community that will enable them to live happy, healthy, productive and successful lives, and be contributing and resourceful members of their family, community and society.
Goal 2- direct services to youth whose lifestyles, personal and family situations have put them in high-risk situations, and their needs are inadequately met.
Goal 3- be a well-managed, responsive and accessible organization that offers culturally competent services to meet the needs and interests of targeted youth.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Projected Income $448,500.00
Projected Expense $448,500.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Counseling and Case Management
  • Education and Employment Programs
  • Prevention and Wellness Programs
  • Youth Leadership Development

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Mission Statement

YES's mission is to Inspire Asian youth to discover and actualize their greatest potential.
Goal 1-to provide high quality youth services and programs to empower youth with the knowledge, skills, values, experiences, resources, opportunities, positive peer and adult relationships, and strong connection to community that will enable them to live happy, healthy, productive and successful lives, and be contributing and resourceful members of their family, community and society.
Goal 2- direct services to youth whose lifestyles, personal and family situations have put them in high-risk situations, and their needs are inadequately met.
Goal 3- be a well-managed, responsive and accessible organization that offers culturally competent services to meet the needs and interests of targeted youth.

Background Statement

YES was established 37 years ago to serve low-income immigrant Asian youth, ages 12-21, who faced language and cultural barriers, problems in school, at home, and within the community. YES was founded by 2 youth workers, with support from Chinese bilingual teachers and community activists.
 In 1980, YES became the first Chinatown based youth organization to become a United Way affiliated agency.
For 26 years, the agency served Asian youth from throughout the Boston area out of an old 4 story building destined to be demolished. The value of the agency's work was reaffirmed when it received incredible support from so many to build a new home within the Metropolitan-Boston, a mixed use housing complex in the heart of the Chinatown community. YES's successful capital campaign resulted in a well-designed 9,125 sf  "home away from home"- equipped for the 21st century -for YES participants of today and the future.
YES has 10 full-time employees: executive director, financial manager, grant writer, office manager, one GED teacher, and 5 youth counselors/outreach workers. Collectively, staff can provide language and culturally appropriate services in that they are bi-cultural and bilingual in 4 dialects of Chinese and Vietnamese, as well as English. Staff turnover is low and the majority of staff have worked at YES for more than 8 years.
YES services include counseling and case management, family work; school drop-out prevention, after school tutoring and homework assistance, SAT prep; college and job exploration and readiness, youth development activities, life and leadership skills development; gang intervention, substance abuse prevention, GED classes plus college and career readiness; wellness programs, art and cultural enrichment; and special projects, including youth leaders and activists in community and civic engagement work, raising community awareness to prevent under age drinking,  increasing smoke-free community spaces and housing, and increasing positive actions among youth to prevent violence and other negative behaviors.
YES has been on the cutting edge using evidence-based strategies and best practices to design and implement youth programs and services, with measurable youth and program outcomes. YES uses a youth development framework with a focus to empower youth with the skills, values, adult relationships, and community connections that will enable them to make positive choices, achieve personal goals and be contributing members of their family and community.

Impact Statement

FY11 Accomplishments:
YES youth leaders hosted an event of their successful leadership projects in promoting smoke-free community spaces, raising awareness to prevent underage drinking, promoting healthy eating and exercise to prevent youth obesity; youth for positive actions; and a photo exhibit for a cleaner environment. The event included youth presentations, exhibits, and conversation  attended by over 125 guests.
YES youth and staff counselors increased their participation in community and civic work. Youth participated in trainings where they developed the knowledge and skills needed for civic engagement and youth organizing. The joined other youth groups at job rallies, they testified at hearings, they received media coverage, and they were recognized for their work.
YES youth won first place in a city-wide art competition sponsored by the Boston Public Health Commission's violence prevention project.  Youth created 3 original design T-shirts. YES youth were the face on the  BPHC B1 Example poster that was exhibited on T trains and buses.
FY12 Accomplishments:
YES youth continue their leadership work. They had more face to face meetings with state legislators and city counselors to get them to support youth jobs, violence prevention programs, smoke-free initiatives, and community youth programs.
Increased partnerships and collaborations with Boston Police Dept, Boston Public Schools, Tufts Medical Center, Tufts Dental School, Gillette Co., Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Mass Advocates for Children, Health Resources in Action, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Project RIGHT, and other non-profit organizations.
Hired the agency's first grant writer to increase its fundraising capacity.
Started efforts to redesign YES's website. Phase 1 has been completed and will begin the final phase to be completed in FY13.  The new website will increase YES's visibility, be informative and useful for potential donors, volunteers and people seeking services.

Needs Statement

1. Funding for building operations, maintenance, repairs. Funds to build a reserve fund for capital needs.
2. Funding for general operating support, and support for administration and fundraising.
3.  Funding to create/expand program services to address needs of an emerging population: youth with special needs, youth with poor mental health, youth who are developmentally delayed.
4.  Funding to create/expand programs to include workforce development services and programs for youth.
5.  Increase staffing to include: youth workforce specialist, licensed social worker and/or psychologist specializing in adolescents and young adults, and full-time development specialist/grant writer.

CEO Statement

youth receive holistic services
use a youth development framework
culturally competent staff and programs
focus on Asian youth facing at-risk, high-risk and proven risk situations
low income
language and cultural barriers
cross cultural conflicts
parents are Asian traditional and most do not speak English, whereas their children are growing up in America and embrace American values and lifestyles.
agency direct service staff is a core team of youth counselors that work directly with youth. as a collective group, they speak 4 dialects of Chinese and Vietnamese, as well as English.
culturally competent program offerings
staff have the knowledge, experience, resources and networks needed to be effective in serving court-involved youth, youth failing in school, face disciplinary problems, at risk of dropping out

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (please select all areas as well)
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- South Dorchester

 Most live in Boston Housing Authority developments and other subsidized housing, such as Tai Tung Village,  Oak Terrace and Mass Pike Towers in Chinatown, and Castle Square and Villa Victoria in the South End, and BHA developments in South Boston, Mission Hill, Charlestown.  Families that live outside of Chinatown  return to Chinatown for many of their needs because they can access services, businesses, opportunities that need their language and cultural needs.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Human Services - Children's and Youth Services
  3. Education - Educational Services

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development


Counseling and Case Management

This is one of YES's core services. The agency's 5 Asian bilingual and bi-cultural counselors meet weekly with youth from their caseload of 25-30 youth. The counselors as a group speak 4 dialects of Chinese, Vietnamese, and English. They are able to provide culturally competent counseling and related services, which is essential as most parents are not English speaking, and the agency serves immigrant youth, some who are newcomers. Counseling helps youth problem-solve and think critically about issues identified in their needs assessment.  Counselors, with significant youth input, identify programs, resources, and opportunities for youth to participate in.  Additional external referral services are made when appropriate. The counselors also work with parents and others involved in the youth's life, such as teachers, health care providers, probation officers, mentors, tutors, and others to coordinate services and address needs in a comprehensive and holistic manner.
Budget  $250,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Asian, Pacific Islander Heritage Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

70% of youth demonstrate assertiveness and resourcefulness in accessing resources to implement plans.

70% of youth gain knowledge and skills needed to develop positive plans.

70% of youth learn critical thinking and other life skills.

70% of youth understand the consequences of their decisions.

70% of youth make decisions with positive long term results.

80% of youth demonstrate respect, responsibility, and courtesy for staff and other youth.

70% of youth demonstrate acceptable conduct in school.

80% of youth create and implement individual short term plans for their daily lives.

Program Long-Term Success 

70% of youth have their own realistic plan for success for their lives, including a plan to earn a sustainable living.

80% of youth are hopeful, resilient and well rounded so that they are able to take advantage of different opportunities and adapt to different environments.

80% of youth are happier and have a sense of belonging.

Program Success Monitored By 

Toolkit for Evaluating Positive Youth Development, developed by The Colorado Trust and National Research Center.

School records and other school related documents (e.g. suspension letters, transfer letters).

Counselor case notes including staff observation, youth self report, feedback from other adults involved, and other pertinent information.

Interview with youth and other adults involved to review status and progress, with plans for next steps.

Survey tool for staff to measure youth respect, responsibility, and courtesy to staff and other youth.

Survey tool to measure critical thinking skills and other life skills.

Examples of Program Success 

SL is a 9thgrader. For months, she slept through every class, would not respond to teachers,was socially isolated and showed signs of depression. She was referred her to YES and for the first month, she would not respond to us. Staff included her in conversation among other teens, included her in games. Today, five months later, SL smiles, is making better progress in school, and seems much happier and connected. She is more willing to share information with her counselor, and that has enabled the counselor to seek out resources for her.

BD had difficulties expressing his feelings. He felt that no one cared. BD was connected to a YES counselor. The counselor assessed the situation and decided that the first few months would be about activities and few personal questions. This was effective. Months later, BD feels more comfortable at YES and with his counselor. He has new friends at YES. BD is now talking to his counselor about some issues that have been troubling him.

Education and Employment Programs

Education programs focus on supporting youth to succeed in school through after school tutoring, homework assistance; school advocacy for special education students; advocacy and legal referrals for students facing disciplinary hearings; expulsion and drop-out prevention; college and career exploration and readiness workshops and activities; one on one counseling, mentoring to address problems and barriers to school success; out of school time learning opportunities and enrichment activities to support life-long learning and intellectual development. Employment programs engage youth in job and career readiness and exploration workshops and activities, internships, summer and after-school jobs, career days at companies, literacy workshops, guest speaker series on careers and qualifications, life skills workshops, technology skills development, and special projects such as group career mentoring, mini-business ventures.
Budget  $61,500.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Asian, Pacific Islander Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 

70% of youth placed in summer or year round jobs, or internships completed the placement successfully.

70% of youth will show improved grades and attendance in school.

80% of participants in college and career-readiness and exploration workshops and activities are able to articulate what they learned and how it was helpful to them personally.

70% of youth will show improved behavior and attitude and have fewer disciplinary problems while in school.

80% of GED students will get their GED certificate and have realistic plans for college, advanced training, gainful employment and other options.

Program Long-Term Success 

70% of participants progress to next grade level or graduate from high school or GED program with plans for college, employment or other positive options.

70% are empowered with basic life skills that enable to make positive choices, develop plans for the near future, have meaningful relationships with parents and other caring adults and peers, have healthy lifestyles, and are motivated to pursue personal goals.

70% have greater awareness of college and career options and access to resources to support goals.

80% have job readiness skills and work experience that prepare them for their job/career goals.

Program Success Monitored By 

Written records of job and internship placements, including name of participant, worksite, and start-end dates.

Folder on each participant including ongoing feedback from participant re: placement and experience, exit survey to assess what the participant learned, skills and relationships developed, challenges, other For workshops and fieldtrips, participants complete post surveys to assess what awareness, knowledge and/or specific skills were gained from the experience, what could have been better, and other feedback.

Participant folder to include school report cards, GED test scores, placements in additional services related to education and/or work, reports from school guidance counselors, teachers, parents, youth, mentors, tutors, as well as disciplinary letters, actions and outcomes; records of school assessments for special needs and educational plans; CHINS (Children In Need of Services) petitions and outcomes.

Examples of Program Success 

Successful partnerships with the private sector: Gillette provided career readiness workshops. Over the course of 4 weeks, teens went to Gillette in South Boston and learned about research and design, marketing, production, and each developed resumes and had mock interviews. Weil,Gotshal & Manges women attorneys mentored YES girls in the area of higher education and career opportunities. Ernst and Young accountants mentored boys on an entrepreneurial project. The outcome was the boys received a $1000 grant which they used to revitalize a basketball court.

Prevention and Wellness Programs

Girls for Success engages girls in college and career exploration and readiness; wellness workshops on nutrition, sexual health, pregnancy prevention, dating violence; computer classes; and financial literacy. NoViolence- lessons based on evidence-based curriculum to learn critical thinking, problem solving and other life skills that will enable youth to handle conflict without violence. Staff provide counseling, advocacy, and other services for court-involved youth. Staff have experience engaging gang youth in YES programs.Healthy Me–youth participate in nutrition workshops and physical activities 3x/wk, with the goal of making healthy eating and exercise good daily habits.School Success–Counselors provide at risk students with counseling and connection to after school tutoring to improve their grades. Advocacy with school personnel to address disciplinary issues, special needs of students, language barriers, and other issues that contribute to poor school performance.

Budget  $61,500.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Asian, Pacific Islander Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 

70% of workshop participants will be able to demonstrate specific life skills needed to handle specific situations.

70% of youth in crisis will know to report the situation and/or ask a responsible adult for help.

90% of girls will identify and participate in 12 new opportunities beneficial to their educational, career and personal development.

90% of youth will be able to identify healthy and unhealthy foods and behaviors.

80% of youth will increase their intake of healthy foods/snacks and time spent on physical activities.

70% of at-risk youth will not have new disciplinary issues or court cases reported by school, probation officers, or parents, or negative actions self-reported.

70% of youth will show improvement in their school grades and attendance.

70% will show improved attitude about school and in-school behavior.

Program Long-Term Success 

Youth are equipped with the life skills, knowledge, positive adult and peer relationships, connection to community and resources to maintain healthy lifestyles, and are able to succeed in school and other endeavors, and develop and implement plans for their today and future.

Girls are empowered to explore and participate in a wide range of opportunities in education, career, leadership, sports and recreation, wellness activities, the creative and performing arts, and other areas that contribute to healthy lifestyles and personal achievements and success.

Youth have positive values, strong sense of purpose and hope, and supportive peer and adult role models that enable them to be resilient, handle challenges, resist negative influences, and avoid harmful and unhealthy decisions and lifestyles.

Youth know how to and will access information, services, resources and support from responsible adults when they are in need of guidance and help.

Program Success Monitored By 

A sampling of 50 participants will complete the survey Toolkit for Evaluating Positive Youth Development, developed by The Colorado Trust and National Research Center.

Monitor school report cards for grades, attendance and behavior. Solicit progress reports from teachers, guidance counselors and parents.

Counselor notes based on sessions with youth and youth self-disclosure, and reports from probation officers, teachers, parents and others.

Pre and Post surveys completed by participants for specific activities.

Youth self-report progress and challenges in eating healthy and exercising regularly.

Staff document workshops, fieldtrips and other activities and number of attendees.

Staff document activities that were offered in partnership with other organizations, institutions and companies.

Examples of Program Success 

ML had dropped out of high school and was working at a nail salon. She participated at YES and successfully obtained her GED certificate. She then enrolled in CityLab Academy and surprised herself when she completed the program and realized she liked science. ML then enrolled in college and majored in chemistry.

HW was failing in the 9thgrade. He was suspended numerous times for disrespecting his teachers. YES intervened. HW received tutoring, participated in life skills workshops, had a counselor to talk to. YES supported and advocated for HW to transfer to another school. That was years ago. In a few months, HW will be graduating from high school and will attend college in September.

Over 90% of YES participants are engaged in multiple programs and services for maximum positive impact. This strategy is important as youth have multiple needs and interests as they develop. Youth generally stay involved at YES until they graduate from high school.

Youth Leadership Development

Youth participate in Youth Leadership Development training so that they have the skills, knowledge, and information they need to be involved in community and civic engagement work. They will develop basic leadership and organizing skills, how to identify issues and priority areas, how to present and communicate to decision-makers, stakeholders, the media, and how to organize others to support the issue. There will also be hands-on trainings as youth plan, organize, and implement actions on selected issues they feel affect them, other youth, their neighborhood, and the greater community. Youth will be prepared to present their issues to their state legislators, city officials, and others. They will join other groups involved in the issues, such as the Youth Job Coalition, Safe Teens/Safe Communities Coalition, Asian Pacific Islander American-Vote, and groups working on underage drinking prevention, smoke-free communities and homes, youth violence prevention, and public transportation.

Budget  $61,300.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Asian, Pacific Islander Heritage At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

Program provides at least 2 trainings per year in Civic Engagement and Grassroots Leadership 101 to youth.

85% of training participants will be able articulate the importance of civic engagement and grassroots leadership and what it means to them.

85% of training participants will be able to demonstrate presentation, surveying, and organizing skills.

80% of trained youth leaders will participate in at least one city or state-wide campaign and one community volunteer action or campaign in year one.

70% of trained youth leaders will demonstrate their organizing skills by each engaging at least 5 youth as activists to participate in planned actions.

70% of trained youth leaders will be able to articulate the value of collaborations and partnerships, and name at least 2 groups they worked with.

Program Long-Term Success 

Increase the number of youth and young adults who are engaged in their community and have a voice in civic matters in that it is an integral part of their lives to volunteer, participate in campaigns and other actions that support worthy causes, exercise their right to communicate with elected officials and other decision makers, register to vote and go out to vote, and influence others to do likewise.

70% of program participants will register to vote when they turn 18.

60% of program participants will remain active youth leaders and activists in the agency’s community and civic engagement work for at least 2 years.

70% of program participants will be able to demonstrate leadership qualities and skills in their community and civic engagement work.

Program Success Monitored By 

Youth who complete Civic Engagement and Grassroots Leadership Training will receive a certificate of completion.

Youth leadership actions will receive media coverage and/or documented by photographs.

Staff and youth will maintain records on youth leadership actions and results, survey instruments and results, meetings with elected officials, name/number of leaders and activists, and other relevant data.

Youth leaders and activists will provide feedback about their participation to staff youth counselors as recorded in counselor notes.

Once a year, a sampling of 50 youth will be surveyed to measure their development and satisfaction with YES programs and services. The survey instrument is The After-School Initiative’s Toolkit for Evaluating Positive Youth Development, developed by The Colorado Trust and National Research Center, Inc.

Examples of Program Success 

Boston’s campaign against youth violence, Youth Leaders won 1st place in an art contest. They created 3 T-shirt designs with their messages. Youth Leaders were also on a poster in the Boston’s B1 Example campaign.

Youth Leaders were successful in partnering with housing development management to support smoke-free spaces. Youth put up bilingual signs to raise awareness among tenants about the health benefits of smoke-free spaces.

Youth Leaders launched their Asian Teens Keeping it Dry campaign to prevent underage drinking. Restaurant and package store owners cooperated by displaying MADD posters and decals “Hey You!! You must be 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages. It’s the law! ID Required.”

Youth Leaders received media coverage for their civic engagement work by several Chinese language daily newspapers, Sing Tao and World Journal, The Boston Globe and others.The Youth Leaders also met with state legislators and city councilors, and Gov. Patrick and Mayor Menino.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Opportunities: YES's mission and goals are relevant, and its programs and services are responsive, effective and be in high demand. YES's commitment to quality staff development has created an effective team of youth counselors who understand and support the approach that all YES offerings are delivered within a youth development framework. While we serve primarily a high risk population, we offer a broad range of services that focus on building the strengths and assets of youth, while at the same time working on the needs and problems.
The agency's youth counselors are Asian bilingual and bi-cultural. As a team, they speak 4 dialects of Chinese, Vietnamese and English. This enables YES to provide culturally competent services for our Asian immigrant population. 
YES youth value the input they have in YES programs and operations. It is not surprising that many grow up and stay involved in the agency, and some have served on the board of directors or became employees.
The agency is well managed and 86% of YES funds are used for youth programs and services. Staff turnover is low, thus enabling YES to have experienced and committed staff, especially those working directly with youth.
YES operations are appropriately structured. Policies are in place, staff are well supervised, and staff work efficiently as a team, but also when on their own. The programs they provide are intentional in that there is a purpose and intended benefit for youth.
 YES's programs and services are complementary and are intended to address the multiple, unique and often complex needs and interests of youth.
Challenges: YES's primary service population include a significant number of youth who are in at-risk, high-risk and proven risk situations. They face challenges in school,including academic failure, chronic truancy, and disciplinary action, as well as at home, and in the community. They are involved in negative peer relationships and activities, are court-involved, are in need of support and guidance from caring and responsible adults, need stronger connections to family and community, are culturally and socially isolated, have limited access to appropriate resources, services, and opportunities, and lack the opportunity to develop leadership and self-advocacy skills.
Resources and opportunities are diminishing for our target population. Funding to support YES services and programs have also decreased. The stereotype of Asians as super achievers and the model minority, and that Asians can take care of their own have been a major obstacle in accessing resources for Asian youth in need, and their families. The inaccurate data that reports how well Asians are doing compared to other racial groups is not only inaccurate but prevents deeper research and understanding of the population.


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jane Leung
CEO Term Start Jan 1977
CEO Email
CEO Experience
Jane Leung is the founding executive director of YES. She brought to the position her previous experience as a youth worker working with at-risk immigrant Chinese youth and their families.
In her 35 years as executive director, she has developed and implemented culturally competent youth services and programs, hired and supervised youth workers, GED teachers, after school ESL teachers, and made it possible for staff to attend trainings and other staff development opportunities. In the early 1980's when there was an influx of Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees, the agency reached out to the newcomers. Jane hired additional youth workers who could speak Vietnamese and Khmer. In the mid-1980's when Asian youth gangs were a major threat, Jane provided the leadership that enabled the agency to provide gang and violence prevention and intervention services.
She has been the program developer and grant writer for the agency. In 1980, the agency became a United Way affiliate. The agency's diverse funding portfolio has included federal, state and city grants and contracts, as well as support from foundations, corporations and individuals. She guided the agency to use evidence-based curriculum and best practices for its youth prevention and intervention programs targeting at-risk and high-risk youth.
Jane has worked closely with the agency's board of directors, agency staff, and through extensive collaborations and partnerships with others in the Chinatown community and throughout Boston, she has been able to keep the agency vibrant, responsive, effective, resourceful, and focused. She has been on many committees, task forces, and commissions, including the St.Clair Commission and the Governor's Asian American Commission. 
The  thousands of "YES kids" who have benefited from the agency, and the many that have also given back to the agency and the community are the understated reason for Jane's long commitment to YES. 
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Trinh Britton Senior Youth Counselor --
Mr. Keene Wong Senior Youth Counselor --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- Boston Police Department A-1 and Chinatown Neighborhood Council 2011


Affiliation Year
United Way Member Agency 1980
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


YES is a member of the following groups:   The Chinatown Coalition, Boston Youth Services Network, Safe Teens/Safe Communities Coalition.
YES has program collaborations with Tufts Medical Center, Tufts Dental School, Sidney Borum Health Center, South Cove Community Health Center, TERI College Access, Youth Jobs Coalition, ABCD SummerWorks, Boston Youth Fund Summer Youth Jobs, Wang YMCA, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, and Asian Pacific Islander American-Vote.
YES works closely with Boston Public Schools, juvenile court, and attorneys.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

1.  Funding has decreased for the agency, but also fewer public and private funds for nonprofits.
2.  Need to update agency website.
3.  Inaccurate data and needs assessment reports do not represent  Asian youth needs, issues and problems accurately, therefore creating a situation where the needs are overlooked, ignored and funding to address problems or for opportunities do not go to Asians because they have been stereotyped. Data and analyses are incorrect. Asian youth are being ignored; they have become invisible.
1.  Agency was able to hire a grant writer made possible by a recent foundation grant. This position will enable the executive director to spend more time on program development, staff supervision, program monitoring and evaluation, strengthening internal data collection system, and update agency website.

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 7
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 7
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A


Board Chair Ms. Janel Wong
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Board Chair Term Nov 2014 - Nov 2017
Board Co-Chair Mr. Kevin Tse
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation TJX Companies, Inc.
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2014 - Dec 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. I'Esha Brown Acton-Boxborough Regional High School --
Ms. Ginger Burns Tufts Dental School --
Ms. Jennie Chau State Street Global Advisors --
Ms. Mary Anne S. Chin LIN Media --
Mr. Michael Kozu Project Right --
Mr. David Lew Northeast Utilities --
Ms. Julie Sung CB Richard Ellis --
Mr. Runager Tam Meditech --
Mr. Peter Wong Licensing Board-City of Boston --
Ms. Jeanne Wu Pega Systems, Inc. --
Ms. Shelly Wu McGladery, LLP --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 11
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 8
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

YES provides much needed essential services to an under served Asian youth population.  The agency's bilingual and bicultural staff enable non-English speaking parents and newcomer youth to access services.
Board members include members of the Asian community. They have first hand knowledge of the needs of the community, and the struggles of low income immigrant families. They understand the barriers and challenges of Asian youth.
The agency has good management practices. Board members oversee the financial health of the agency, and review and support the executive director.
The agency moved into its new home in the beginning of 2006. The facility was designed with input from staff and youth, resulting in space that is well designed to house YES programs, and efficiently used by youth and staff. 
Funding is the agency's major challenge. Until 2012, the executive director has also been the agency's grant writer. 
The needs and barriers facing low income Asian youth and families are inaccurately reported in mainstream research and reports. This has resulted in the belief that Asian youth do not need services and therefore funding is not directed to serve Asian youth and their families.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Projected Income $448,500.00
Projected Expense $448,500.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents

2015 Financial Audit

2014 Financial Audit

2013 Financial Audit

2012 Financial Audit

2011 Financial Audit

2010 Financial Audit

2009 Financial Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $581,846 $582,139 $656,677
Total Expenses $582,238 $604,441 $611,920

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$314,001 $269,855 $277,305
Government Contributions $157,874 $178,940 $197,831
    Federal -- -- --
    State $45,000 $46,364 $50,454
    Local $112,874 $132,576 $147,377
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $28,674 $23,634 $28,001
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $59 $6,211 $6,739
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $81,238 $99,999 $60,382
Other -- $3,500 $86,419

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $502,182 $523,380 $541,813
Administration Expense $40,822 $42,155 $50,933
Fundraising Expense $39,234 $38,906 $19,174
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.00 0.96 1.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses 86% 87% 89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 8% 8% 4%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $3,390,947 $3,388,016 $3,428,379
Current Assets $651,263 $891,741 $871,357
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $40,138 $36,815 $54,876
Total Net Assets $3,350,809 $3,351,201 $3,373,503

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 16.23 24.22 15.88

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Funding has decreased and has created a challenge to maintain current level of staff and programs.
Recently hired a grant writer. 
There are request for proposals to respond to.

Foundation Comments

*Expenses include depreciation which is valued at nearly $80k-100k per year. 
Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's audited financials.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals as the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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