KOREAN AMERICAN FAMILY SERVICES

Rating: 4.83 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Homeless & Housing, Crime & Law

Location: 14729 Elm Ave Flushing NY 11355 USA

Mission: THE CENTER SERVES FAMILIES IN THE NEW YORK METRO AREA WITH PROGRAMS TO PREVENT AND END VIOLENCE IN THE HOME AND IN PARTNER RELATIONSHIPS

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

When I look back as a YCPT leader from the first time I came to YCPT until now, I still can't believe how much we've grown. I have to admit that at first I wasn't too impressed. It was a small group without much of a claim to fame in the community. I had thought it would be just a regular community serivce group with nothing special. But was I wrong. YCPT exceeded my initial expectations. At first, I joined because I needed community service hours and my mom had found YCPT in the korean newspaper. I thought, "Okay, so I guess I'll go. " I was welcomed with a first day party along with other new members. During an icebreaker game, I was asked what my expectations were from YCPT. I honestly answered that I never really thought about it. (At the time, I really didn't think that far ahead.)It was awkward in the beginning. I was surrounded by new people and felt overwhelmed. Yet at the same time, I kept coming back to the weekly team meetings. Before I knew it, I was gradually participating and talking to other members of YCPT. I actually got used to the YCPT people quickly, which doesn't happen normally when I'm stuck with a bunch of new people. Something about the group drew me into it. Soon I made friends and found myself taking an active voice in our team meetings. (Usually, I sit back and just hope to slip by.) By joining YCPT, my social skills have improved. I don't find talking to new people as weird as I would've felt before. Eventually, I became a leader. Being a leader has been a lot of work. The projects we do aren't easy. Some have required long hours into the night! On top of that, the other leaders and I had the responsibility of leading our team. It's tough especailly for me because I'm infamous for being a push-over. (My friends always say that I'm too nice.) Until now, I'm working on developing leadership skills without being harsh. (Yes, I'm slowly getting there.) But I couldn't have gotten far without my YCPT friends and YCPT coordinator, Marie. Marie has always welcomed me since the welcome party. She always made sure that I wasn't alone in corner and helped me to open up. Marie created many chances for me to become more outgoing and less tense. She encourages me and the team to talk to each other and have fun. I feel like she understands the youth. Marie knows how to make a comfortable, cozy environment. She has a lot of patience with us and knows how to be fair. She works with us and adds fun to the work. Marie is definitely a person who has made a positive impact on my life. I'd say that she's the best coordinator! My YCPT friends are a quirky group. I can't describe them with one word. They're a lot of different things. But, they are NOT boring. I've met people from other parts of Queens, Long Island, Upstate New York, and New Jersey!My YCPT friends are awesome and fun to be around. Weekly meetings are never dull as a result. Each friend has brought something new to my life. Everything from their tastes in music to new foods to amazingly random stuff came into my life. I love how each of them have original personalities that I'd never encountered before. Other than my school friends, I consider my YCPT friends as my 'second family'. Besides building a community within our group, YCPT has done numerous hands-on projects that get everyone involved. We've helped our community through fundraising and doing various activities. We had done things from coffeehouses to sorting through baby toys. It's a lot of fun and hard work. The projects are very time-consuming. By the end of the day, we get everything done. YCPT is a group that I recommend to anyone who wants to meet awesome new people and get service hours. It can be intimidating at first, but you'll open up to YCPT. It can catch you by surprise.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meetng so many new people in one place. it can be hard to make new friends, but ycpt makes it less challenging to make friends. the projects bring us closer together. the environment is friendly and comfortable. ycpt has amazingly fun people. i love it

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

KAFSC is a very interesting program i thought its be boring at first but everyone was nice and helped me along the way its the best volunteer service team!!! i love ycpt because we helped those in need while having fun as well

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

we helped people in need of volunteer workers and I had fun doing it

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

really nice and helped me along most of the volunteer stuff we did

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

The Korean American Family Service Center and the Youth Community Project Team has been my home and a home for many others. The love and the caring hearts that each and every volunteers share are filled with passion. My experiences with YCPT/ KAFSC were experiences that I would never forget and never regret having. I have volunteered in YCPT for about 4-5 years and my peers and fellow teachers have been like a family. Even when I was someone who was not social enough to do community work, the YCPT members always encouraged me and other people for the sake of the community that we live in, and have been and still are aiming to become huge benefits to the Korean and American neighborhoods. In YCPT, we have done many events, these are some of the many events: prevention of teenage drug abuse, against domestic violence, fundraising for the needy (homeless), NY care projects, Coffee Houses, and our latest Senior and Youth night. We have had many experiences with helping the people in our community, and every YCPT member persevered during the events. In YCPT, my fellowship with my peers will always be kept precious. An experience that I cherish the most from all the events that I have faced in YCPT is the Senior and Youth event that happened not to long ago. The Senior and Youth event was an event created to aid the senior citizen center financially, and the event began in the beginning of Summer 2009. I remember how my peers and I went to Main St in Flushing, NY to hand out fliers and paste the posters that we made on walls of supermarkets ,etc. That time I knew how important YCPT was to me. The bond I made with them instantaneously helped to be comfortable and happy when I spent my time doing the volunteer activities with my friends of YCPT. It made me notice how precious YCPT is for me. I guarantee that people who join YCPT will have a bond with each and every other member in a blink of an eye. This bond that we have is what makes me be proud of being a member of YCPT. Although we might of had hard times, we fought through it together and made it to the position that we are in today. In my opinion, YCPT/ KAFSC is the number 1 volunteer organization! YCPT/KAFSC Forever!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the huge events that we initiated and the hard work that each and every member have done.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how we spent almost all of our summer together finding a way to improve the event that was going to be held later. I've also enjoyed the times when we had to go outside and interact with strangers to share our community project for the semester.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all hard working and passionate. They never gave up and rarely had complaints.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

stretch its service to the community,nationally, and internationally. It could help the needy in many other countries and many other people in different states.

Ways to make it better...

I met my organization more than twice a week.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

As someone that works both on youth development and the Korean American community here in NYC, I can attest to the great impact the Youth Community Project Team has on Korean American teenagers. KAFSC's dedication to young people and their mission in involving them within the community is immeasurable. Keep up the great work guys!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the youth that I've met.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

YCPT is just simply amazing, and truly is an outstanding volunteer service organization. It gives youth an oppurtunity to help others in our area and to become greatly involved in the community. K.A.F.S.C has a strong commitment in making our community a safe and enjoyable place to be at.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

-leadership skills -amazing bonding with the people there -helped the community in various ways -developed the strong desire to continue volunteering for the rest of my life

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

-gaining leadership skills

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

-just simply awesome

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

I was very lucky this summer to have found out about Y.C.P.T. At first, I was not interested in the group, because I am a shy person, and I'm not very outgoing or good at making friends. By the time I had to get ready for the third meeting, I was so excited to meet my new friends, while participating in a project that helped my community. This group has given me confidence, changed my personality so that I am outgoing and happier, and stored in me strong sense of leadership.This program is extremely beneficial to everyone.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Flushing, New York, after our successful fundraising event to raise money for a senior center that needed much funding.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not do anything, because it is so perfect now.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that I helped my community, while having so much fun meeting people and being able to help so many people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely hardworking, confidential, helpful, thoughtful, and respectful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

donate it to homless shelters, help more people all around the world, and spread love and warmth everywhere.

Ways to make it better...

we had had more members in our group.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the transportation fees.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this group is amazing, and it has changed my life for the better.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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