Thursday, May 24, 2012

Reaching Out to Disadvantaged South Asian Children in US

"... South Asian Youth Action (SAYA) seeks to help needy South Asian children, but not in some distant land like India — these youths are in its backyard in New York City," reports the New York Times.

More than 1 out of 20 youths (between the ages of five and 19) in New York City are South Asian. A quarter of this population lives at or below the poverty level, according to the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey from 2010.

"Founded in 1996 by Sayu Bhojwani, a Queens resident who saw a lack of resources for South Asian children in New York, SAYA offers more than a dozen sources of support. On the academic side, students can get tutoring and help with the college application process through the Chalo College program, which includes campus visits and information on financial aid and scholarships. For personal development, there is a leadership program for girls, a basketball program for boys and counseling for emotional issues," writes the NYT.

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