Apex for Youth wrote -
“My mentor and I have been together for more than two years. I had never expected an adult to be someone who would listen to me, guide me through difficulties and motivate me; she’s family to me. I used to be a quiet, shy person who hid in the corner so no one would notice me. I was afraid no one wanted to hear my voice—that they would laugh at me and think I was idiotic. I was afraid I was not good enough. Apex gave me opportunities to overcome my fears through workshops and working with new people. It even motivated me to help others overcome their insecurities. I came up with an idea to start a club at my school to provide a safe harbor for students feeling socially isolated. I collected 100 student signatures to start the club and will be its president.”
-Jinting, Apex high school mentee and SAT student
Many people think Asian American children are the model minority and naturally excel in school. In reality, many of them, like Jinting, do not have the resources or tools to succeed. They are ignored and even bullied in schools. Their parents, who often struggle with English themselves, are not able to help them. Apex was founded in 1992 as our community’s response to these challenges, and for 23 years, our mentors have worked to inspire and serve as role models for our youth. We now serve over 130 youth in our mentoring program and our goal is to continue growing.
This holiday season, please help us expand our mentoring program into Brooklyn, where many new immigrant youth live, and help even more youth like Jinting. Donate to our campaign, or create a profile and fundraise for us to help us reach our $25,000 holiday giving goal for the expansion.
For just $25, we can expose one of our youth to new experiences like ice skating, boating and hiking. This holiday season, can you make a gift of $25 to support our children?