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February 12, 2014
Wanna know how Youth Program got its start? Read this heartwarming article below.
Our Iconic Stories
February 11, 2014
My partners and I have talked about the importance of the iconic story, how it shapes individuals, focuses organizations and inspires societies. An iconic story may start out small and unassuming, like a pebble tossed in a pond. It may be monumental like a boulder as well. Regardless, the ripple effects may continue to expand in ever broadening circles such that they can have impact years later.
On a rainy winter night in 1990 when I worked at Asian Health Services, I had one such iconic moment. It was 8:30pm and I was the only one at the clinic. The phone rang. It was an emergency room nurse at Highland General Hospital asking for help. Upon arriving at the ER, I met "Daniel", a 19-year old Chinese-American student who was on the verge of respiratory failure. He had just been diagnosed with pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, which also accorded him an AIDS diagnosis. From behind his oxygen mask and between labored breaths, Daniel revealed to me that he had had one sexual encounter with a man two years prior. He couldn't understand how, from that single encounter, he could have become so ill, and how he was going to explain all of these things to his immigrant parents. I did not go home that night, but remained by his side.
For the next three weeks while Daniel was in the hospital, my staff and I provided practical and emotional support for him and his family, promising that we would always be there to help. But once Daniel went home, we never saw him again. Despite our repeated attempts to make contact over the next year, the apparent shame was too overwhelming and his family simply shut us out.
These events with Daniel led to the establishment of the Asian Health Services Youth Program, which, for the past twenty-five years, has provided education, counseling and clinical services to thousands of young people.
I had never thought of this story as an iconic one until one of my partners asked me to tell her of a defining moment in my professional life. My experience with Daniel acted as a pebble dropped in a pond, and the ripples of this experience defined the course of my career, grounding me in my passion to serve young people.
On the other end of the iconic spectrum, we are working with a client whose very existence changed when a major event, like a proverbial boulder, created a huge ripple. The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), was a small, all-volunteer organization focused on media analysis and education. Then came 9/11. Overnight, SALDEF's scope and profile changed and the organization had to muster its resources to respond to the needs of both the community and society in general. SALDEF now opens their annual SIKH-Lead training with this iconic story to give their young leaders the foundation of purpose, guts, smarts and hope to carry forth with the work.
Like a proud parent, I look at the website of the Asian Health Services Youth Program, of which I have not been associated for eighteen years. Several generations of staff have come and gone and I wonder whether the current staff knows of Daniel's story. If they did, would this connection to the past deepen the meaning of their work? For my part, I know that it is my duty to help my clients recognize the importance of their iconic stories, to create spaces to share them, and to connect them to a deeper sense of why we are here and what we are meant to become.
-Kevin John Fong
December 27, 2013
We have moved to a new location! We are now at The SPOT Youth Center at 299 13th St. Oakland, CA 94612. We will continue to offer the same services as before so by to say hi and check out our new office! Please tell all of your friends about our new location. Also we apologize if you have tried to call us and your calls are not getting through. We are still waiting for our phones to be set up, but in the meantime please call or text us on our cell phone at (510)-912-8598.
July 12, 2013
OMGAH!! We haven't updated the website in a while, always check our facebook for more current updates... things have been quite busy here but now we can take a chance to breathe and enjoy the summer! We will be open all summer so swing by, drop in if you need any STD testing, Birth Control, condoms, anything - Drop by even if you just wanna kick it! Thank you to those of you who made it out to our Art Bruh Bruh event and supported our Peer Leaders. If you get a chance, swing by The Spot (at 299 13th Street) to view Peer Leaders' artwork!
If you're interested in becoming a Peer Leader, please check back later this summer for the application.
If you have trouble finding a clinic near you, go to TeenSource.orgto find a clinic by zip code. Link is also on the left. Keep asking us more questions about sex online in the box below and we'll answer them soon! Hope to see some of you at our workshops & presentations!
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The Asian Health Services (AHS) Youth Program provides free and confidential, comprehensive sexual health education and clinical services for youth ages 12-21 living in Alameda County and beyond. We provide a large array of services, from condoms and birth control to STI Testing and pap smears, we are here to be your resource.
Ever had a question about sex but were too embarassed to ask? Well, be shy no longer!
AHSYP is starting a new online project where anyone can ask anonymous questions about sex by filling out the form below. We'll be answering questions on a weekly basis through our website via youtube. We look forward to answering your questions!
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