Federation Welcomes Three New Member Agencies- Asian Women’s Christian Association, Korean American Youth Foundation, and the Korean American Voters’ Council

Asian Women’s Christian Association
The Federation welcomes our first New Jersey member agency- the Asian Women’s Christian Association (AWCA)! The AWCA started 30 years ago as the NJ Homemaker’s Club. In 1985 it joined the Montclair YWCA New American Program. And in 2000, it was incorporated as an independent 501©(3) that is today’s AWCA. They currently operate Korean and Chinese senior centers, the Korean Family Service Center that provides mental health services, the ANGEL school, a program teaching Korean American adoptees Korean language & culture, and a home care service agency that also provides job training services to potential home care workers. Additionally, the AWCA offers walk-in social services, adult continuing education and summer youth programs. To learn more about the AWCA, please visit their website at www.awcanj.org.

Korean American Youth Foundation
Based in Queens, the Korean American Youth Foundation’s mission is to provide the resources for Korean American young adults to become successful, civic-minded citizens by promoting leadership skills and instilling community values, while creating networking avenues between the present and future generations of Korean American leaders. The Foundation supports a variety of programs and initiatives to empower Korean American youth to achieve their potential academically and professionally as well as the balance of a healthy body and mind. The KAYF has also provided opportunities for community-building within the Korean American community. Additionally, KAYF has a scholarship fund. This year, they awarded $38,000 to 26 students. For more information about KAYF, please visit http://kimchibreath.com

Korean American Voters’ Council
The Korean American Voters’ Council (KAVC) is a non-profit organization that was started from a group of volunteers in Flushing, NY in 1996. KAVC’s goal is to educate Korean Americans about the importance of exercising their voting rights, to increase accessibility in exercising the right by removing the language barrier, and to promote informed/educated decisions pertaining to current issues. Since its inception, the Korean American Voters’ Council has been playing in important role in promoting civic participation among Korean Americans, immigrants and new citizens through community education and voting rights advocacy. KAVC worked closely with the Federation during the ongoing Census 2010 as one of its community outreach partners. Please visit www.kavc.org