Today during A-VOYCE our Youth Coordinator, Shawn, announced to us that there was a possibility that A-VOYCE would end at the end of the summer. ACDC, the Asian Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable housing in Chinatown, can no longer fund this program, and we haven’t been able to get many grants. However, there is still a possibility that A-VOYCE may not be ending. Call me pessimistic, but I can’t seem to get my hopes up.
As a member for nearly three years, I have been spending most of my Saturdays at ACDC, hanging out, participating in the discussions, and of course, going on the radio. A-VOYCE has become part of my life, and I am greatly saddened that it might be ending. I always thought that I would continue with it until I graduated high school. The Winter Party, the Sushi-rama, Participatory Chinatown. This year has been eventful, but I wish I contributed more.
Today, in the Youth Council Meeting, we had a short discussion on how to approach this: we talked about merging with other Youth programs, holding a fundraiser, etc. But with the current economy and the fact that there are other programs, we didn’t divulge into it any further.
We still have next week’s meeting, where we will be wrapping up APIA Month with another documentary, and the BBQ the week after and then that’ll be it. The youth who signed up to work during the summer will work, but for the other youth, this might be it.
We have to face reality, and the truth is, everything has an end. I just wish that that end comes later. Never forget you have a voice, no matter what age, sex, ethnicity, or race. This is what A-VOYCE has taught me.
So tell me about your experiences. Your regrets. Your hopes.
How has A-VOYCE affected your life?
-Oak Terrace Youth