Chinese-American Planning Council 2018 Annual report

CPC is a social services organization that creates social change.

In the past year, we sought out transformational changes in education, family support, and community empowerment to build better futures for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), immigrant, and low-income families of New York City.

With 50 programs and services at 30 sites, and the dedication of more than 700 staff, we served 60,000 people of all ages.

Community members came from more than 40 countries, speaking 25 languages.

Letter from the Board Chair and CEO

In the past year, we implemented our organization-wide strategy to empower community members to build on their strengths and achieve their goals.
As featured in the cover image, more than 200 staff and community members participated in our first-ever City Advocacy Day. We came together to push for increased resources and funding to support AAPI, immigrant, and low-income communities in New York City.
You will hear from Jenny, Raymond, and Jireh in this annual report. All three generously shared their stories of how CPC made a difference in their lives. These stories demonstrate how CPC's three pillars make an impact on individuals, families, and neighborhoods.
Your generosity allows us to continue to strengthen our programs and services. Thank you for your continued support during these challenging but exciting times.
Veronica Tsang, Board Chair and Wayne Ho, CEO & President


Community Needs

NYC has the largest population of AAPIs of any U.S. city at over 1.2 million, including more than half a million Chinese

Half of NYC Asians, or more than 150,000 households, have insufficient income to meet the basic costs of living

25% live below the federal poverty level in our service areas

2 in 3 NYC Asian seniors are limited English proficient, and 1 in 5 don't speak English at all

70% of Chinatown households underutilize SNAP benefits

1 in 5 NYC Asians do not have a high school diploma

CPC's 2018 Impacts

342 children received free instruments and music education to improve their social-emotional development

100% of our In-School Youth participants go on to college with scholarships or financial aid

1,517 families received free and affordable STEM, arts, and recreational programming at our 11 after-school programs in high-needs elementary schools

300 licensed child care providers received trainings on licensing renewals, first aid/CPR, medication administration, and CDA trainings in Korean and Spanish, reaching new communities across NYC

6 weeks of bilingual cooking classes, teaching dozens of families about the five food groups and how to cook a healthy meal on a budget

400 families with special needs were provided respite, early intervention, or person-centered care

2,900 homebound individuals were provided care through our subsidiary Home Attendant Program

202,519 meals and snacks provided through funds from the Child and Adult Care Food Program

2,530 young people worked 311,000 hours in summer jobs at 250 work sites

Two-thirds of youth attending University of Buffalo's Instant Decision Day were accepted on the spot

925 adult literacy students studied across 37 English classes

263 seniors found employment through a work-based training program

120 served though our walk-in career center and provided individualized assessments, resume writing, interview workshops, resulting in a 70% job placement rate and $16.86 average starting hourly wage

400 special needs families provided respite and person-centered care

708 individuals provided HIV/AIDS support services

5,000 families screened for benefits like SNAP and Medicare

93 immigrants applied for naturalization, 75 attended citizenship classes, and 20 gained citizenship

We are our community

When Jireh immigrated to the U.S. in 2004, he worked more than 12-hour days in Chinese restaurants, making $7.50/hour without benefits or time for much else.

After a recommendation from a friend, he enrolled in our eight-week Hospitality Careers Training Program where he honed his skills to be a positive and proactive employee. He felt well prepared for his first interview with a luxury hotel and was hired full-time making more than $23.00/hour. Now, with a 40-hour work week and benefits, he is able to see his two young children and does not have to rely on working overtime. After six months, he has received a cost-of-living wage increase.

“Now my life is in full color when before it was only black and white.” - Jireh, workforce program participant

Of all employment services and workforce training program participants:

  • 100% are people of color
  • 57% are women

In the licensed Hospitality Careers Training Program this year, 61 enrolled students achieved:

  • 98% completion rate
  • 84% job placement rate

By providing a continuum of child care and academic enrichment programs, skills development services, and literacy support, our community members from age 2 to 102 have the right tools to be capable, socially engaged leaders.

We embrace our community

Mr. Raymond Li emigrated from Hong Kong in his 40s in pursuit of better opportunities for his family.

At first, Mr. Li was unable to find work and was so discouraged that he considered returning to Hong Kong. Then he read about CPC's job training program for immigrants in a newspaper and decided to join the six-month training. The program introduced him to an opportunity at a hotel where he was hired and quickly promoted. With the extra time and security he found in a seven-hour work day with benefits, he took GED classes and eventually got his diploma. With a GED, Mr. Li was able to seek out even better work opportunities and became a postman for the United States Post Office where he worked for 14 years.

Raymond Li joined CPC's job training program more than 3 decades ago. "CPC gave me a change at success. I want to repay them for that" said Mr. Li, who now volunteers at Open Door Senior Center in Manhattan.

CPC's four senior centers provided comfort, aid, and enrichment to New York’s expanding population of seniors.

More than 11,000 seniors participated in classes and social activities, enjoyed access to food and health services, and were connected to other supports this year.

After assisting with 3,700 SNAP applications, 2,200 households accessed food support benefits

275 community members live in our affordable housing subsidiaries, including the Hong Ning Senior Housing facility

Citizenship Class participants celebrate the completion of their instruction with their teachers, Peggy and Roy Jung. The Jungs have been teaching for more than five years. Classes are offered in the Fall and Spring each year.

We empower our community

A bilingual mother of two who emigrated from the Dominican Republic, Jenny started her business a year ago by providing child care and education services to 10 families in Ozone Park, Queens.

With the growing number of day cares in her area, she was concerned about opening her own. "I was scared," she admits. She knew that success meant pursuing her education, but formal higher education was not affordable. She enrolled in a free 120-hour Child Development Associate (CDA) course offered by CPC's Asian Child Care Resource and Referral Program, and after attending class for 17 weeks, Jenny received her CDA accreditation. She has gained confidence and necessary skills to nurture physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth in children.

"I am so happy to have this opportunity. I want to learn and grow," said Jenny about the 120-hour CDA accreditation she pursued for free through a partnership between CPC's Asian Child Care Resource and Referral Program and the United Federation of Teachers.

CPC rallied on the steps of City Hall for CPC's first-ever City Advocacy Day. Staff and community members joined in meeting with more than two dozen council members and their staffs to discuss our work and issues affecting AAPIs in NYC.

15 public statements were issued on community issues, as well as the city, state, and federal budget, and testimony was provided at more than 20 public hearings

More than 30 of our youth program participants and staff attended AIDS Walk New York 2018 to combat stigma and raise awareness within the AAPI community, the fastest growing population of new yearly HIV diagnoses.

By offering in-demand career training and promoting civic engagement, our community members are empowered to transform their lives, their neighborhoods, and their communities.

Our deepest gratitude

Mission Partner


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