Letter from Chair of the Board and Executive Director
Dear Friends of Apex for Youth,
This year, Apex for Youth is seeing the results of unprecedented hours volunteered and number of students served. It is now more possible than ever before to envision the ways in which Apex will continue to grow to meet the diverse needs of young Asian Americans throughout New York City.
We have a new milestone to celebrate – for the first time in our 23 year history, Apex now serves a total of 1,300 students. That number represents three significant gains:
- We have exceeded a long-standing goal to serve more than one thousand students.
- We have achieved a 50% increase in the number of young people participating in our programs for the fifth year in a row.
- We have extended our reach across the City by nearly doubling our team of staff members from 8 to 14 and by growing our base of volunteers from 200 to 300.
These achievements are possible because the many contributors to this organization have continued to focus on our core extracurricular services and also because we have worked together to expand in new ways:
- We have added programs at three sites to serve more students across Manhattan.
- In step with Mayor de Blasio’s focus on providing students with enriching after-school learning opportunities, we have added two after-school and summer programs at PS 184 and Corpus Christi.
- We have developed our mentorship program reach to include over 120 mentees.
These are real opportunities for our City’s students, and they are having real impact. 100% of our seniors will attend college this year when just 53% of NYC public schools’ Class of 2014 enrolled in a college, vocational program or public service program after graduation. In a city where the “positive” stereotype of Asian American students as academic high-flyers can deter schools and communities from focusing on Asian American student needs, our programs have compelled the City to put an additional $450,000 in funding toward better meeting the academic and social needs of our community’s youngest members.
The achievements and lessons of 2014 continue to prove that more is possible. In celebration of this organization’s accomplishments and to express gratitude for the generosity of our contributors, patrons, and volunteers, we look forward to continue to build this organization’s capacity to represent New York City’s Asian American community. Let’s ensure that the young people in our community feel the same deep pride that we do and have greater access to safe, engaging, and challenging learning environments.
Thank you for all the ways in which you support Apex for Youth in our mission to serve New York City’s young Asian Americans.
Sincerely, Preeti Sriratana & Michael E. Lee Chairman of the Board and Executive Director