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A Legacy of Uniting Youth Communities

Forty years ago (1971) , Asian American community activists started Project Reach to provide services to immigrant youth, a direct response to the rise in Chinese youth gangs. Over 25 years ago (1985) in an action unprecedented among race-segregated youth programs, Project Reach opened its door to all young people and put in place an innovative and dynamic youth organizing training space where understanding and confronting discrimination and systemic oppression would form the foundation of its core youth organizing training curriculum.

Project Reach creates opportunities for youth - and adults who work with them - to incubate new approaches and strategies and to build institutions that address discrimination and injustice and place social control in their own hands. Organizing readiness, youth organizing, and community empowerment are the products of these opportunities.


Project Reach, a service provider for chinese youth, became innovational by opening it’s doors to young people of all backgrounds.


Major accomplishments have included:
- Pro-RADS:  the first LGBT youth drop-in center on the Lower East Side
- Homophobia-Heterosexism Documentation Project
- Womyn’s Space Gender=Sexism=Violence Campaign
- Positive Youth: employment project for HIV+/young people
   living with AIDS
- Young Men’s Anti-Sexism/Re-Defining Manhood Project.