Who We Are...
Boston Asian Youth Essential Service (Boston Asian YES) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization
founded in 1975 in response to the emerging needs and interests of Asian youth who did not
have access to services, resources and opportunities that met their specific needs and interests.
YES’s primary service population is low-income immigrant Asian youth, ages 12-21, who face
language and cultural barriers, challenges in school, at home, and within the community. YES
was founded by youth workers, with support from Boston Public Schools educators and
Chinatown community activists.
In 1980, YES became the first Chinatown-based youth organization to become a United Way of
Massachusetts Bay affiliated agency.
YES has provided over 43 years of youth services and programming to support, enrich and
prepare youth for success, challenges, personal development, and leadership.
YES staffing enables the organization to provide language and culturally appropriate services for
the primarily Asian immigrant youth population. Collectively, bi-lingual staffs speak 4 dialects of
Chinese and Vietnamese, and have significant experience working with youth.
For 26 years, YES served Asian youth from throughout the Boston area out of an old 4-story
building destined to be demolished. The value of the agency's work was reaffirmed when it
received extraordinary support to build a new home within The Metropolitan-Boston, a mixed-
use housing development, in the heart of the Chinatown community. YES's successful capital
campaign resulted in a well-designed 9,125 sf. facility that is YES’s permanent home.