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Programs for Youth, by Youth

In 1997, API Legal Outreach began the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) to address gender-based and dating violence in API youth communities. Today API Legal Outreach’s Youth program seeks to address these issues, as well as others facing Bay Area APIs through presentations, media arts projects, advocacy campaigns, civic engagement, community organizing, and legal and social services.

Youth Advisory Council

YAC is a group of high school interns who collaborate to address issues impacting API communities. 

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Outreach and Education

API Legal Outreach works with local schools and universities to provide students with a variety of resources related to immigration and gender-based violence.

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Legal and Social Services

Recognizing the lack of legal and social service options for youth, API Legal Outreach provides age-appropriate assistance in a variety of areas.

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Youth Advisory Council


Youth Advisory Council is a group of Bay Area high school students that collaborate together to address social and political issues affecting Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities. YAC members learn about and work on relevant topics such as domestic violence/gender based violence, immigration, queer/trans identities and rights, housing, food justice, etc. 

Since its inception in 1997, YAC has placed specific emphasis on preventing gender-based and teen dating violence in our work. Through presentations, media arts projects, advocacy campaigns, civic engagement, and community organizing, YAC members make change on community, statewide, and local levels. YAC members are interns of API Legal Outreach.

Outreach and Education


Youth Advisory Council interns and API Legal Outreach Youth Program staff conduct outreach on a variety of topics for youth and youth service providers. Topics of outreach include gender-based and dating violence prevention, LGBTQ rights and identities, immigration, and more.

Legal and Social Services


There are few legal resources that are accessible to API youth. To meet this need, we offer services specifically designed for youth. We seek to support youth through culturally responsive and survivor-centered services, including:

  • Obtaining protective orders and other emergency statutory remedies
  • Advocacy to protect rights as victim; filing for any and all state remedies created specifically for victims of crime, such as victim restitution
  • Preparation for interaction with law enforcement and criminal trials
  • Assistance with DACA renewals

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Founded in 1975, the mission of API Legal Outreach is to provide culturally competent and linguistically appropriate legal representation, social services, and advocacy for the most marginalized segments of the community including low-income women, seniors, recent immigrants, and youth.

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