The Asian Pacific Development Center (APDC) is a local non-profit organization geared toward serving the needs of Colorado’s growing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. APDC promotes wellness and self-sufficiency among immigrant and refugee families through culturally sensitive and linguistically proficient services. Recently, APDC purchased a new home in Aurora bringing all of their services into one space. As part of this journey, the Nathan Yip Foundation, provided funding to APDC for their new Resource and Research Library, which was unveiled at the building grand opening in June, 2013. Also, in April 2011, the Foundation partnered with APDC and several other community organizations to put on the “Power of Solidarity” benefit concert to raise funds for the victims of the devastating earthquakes in Japan.
Escuela de Guadalupe is an innovative English-Spanish dual language emersion school located near downtown Denver. Escuela de Guadalupe serves a diverse student population from across the Denver-metropolitan area and prides itself on making its quality educational program financially accessible to all families. Half of Escuela students are native English speakers when they begin, and half are native Spanish speakers. All students emerge with full literacy in all subjects in both languages. The highly trained faculty delivers a program of excellence everyday and all teachers and literacy tutors work tirelessly to prepare students for academic excellence not just in one language, but two. At the 2012 Chinese New Year Gala, the Nathan Yip Foundation was proud to partner with Escuela de Guadalupe by contributing funds raised through the Red Envelope raffle sales to their school.
Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families is a local non-profit organization that offers educational programs and camps for adopted children and their families to learn about cultural heritage. Their mission is to provide educational, cultural, and family related experiences, which support the healthy development of families formed by adoption with children from diverse heritages. For two years the Nathan Yip Foundation has supported the Heritage Camp’s More Than Me Program. This program teaches the camp’s middle-school students to give back to the places they came from by raising money for a charity who’s mission is aligned with their birth heritage. The Nathan Yip Foundation is honored to have been a recipient of funds raised through the Chinese Heritage Camp’s More Than Me fundraising efforts for the past three years.
Started by a retired special education and library sciences teacher, the My Book Foundation is a non-profit foundation that provides children with Caldecott and Newbery Award winning books. In 2009, the Nathan Yip Foundation became involved and donated books to the students of Denver Public Schools. Volunteers from the Nathan Yip Foundation also spent an afternoon reading to students at a local elementary school.
Summer Scholars is an award-winning, year-round extended learning program partnering with 20 Denver elementary schools to provide high-quality reading, language and math tutoring, enrichment and family literacy to 2000 children and their families each year. At the 2011 Chinese New Year Gala, the Nathan Yip Foundation was proud to partner with Summer Scholars by contributing funds raised through the Red Envelope raffle sales to their program.
The mission of Project PAVE (Promoting Alternatives to Violence through Education) is to empower youth to end the cycle of relationship abuse. The organization’s goal is to stop the generational cycle of relationship abuse through prevention, education, and early intervention. The Nathan Yip Foundation created a Nathan Yip Foundation Scholarship to be awarded as part of Project Pave’s Transformation Scholarship Program. The scholarships pay tribute to youth who have made, or are making, positive contributions toward ending the cycle of relationship abuse by raising awareness and empowering themselves and others in their schools and community. This year’s 2013 Nathan Yip Foundation Scholarship was awarded to Andrew Trader-Bankstron, a graduate of East High School and currently a freshman at Colorado State University.
Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS) is a true Denver Public School (DPS) Success Story. Founded in 1985, the school works to prepare students for college and future life by developing multilingual, inter-culturally competent citizens who are actively involved in our rapidly changing world.
Due to its proven success, the International School model is serving to turn around other schools in the system, including the addition of DCIS at Montbello School for grades 6-12 and DCIS at Ford Elementary. In 2013 DCIS at Fairmont Elementary School will open, the fourth school in the DCIS network. One of the critical components of DCIS’s success is that it takes global education beyond the classroom through travel and cultural exchange. Traveling to other countries, engaging in other cultures, and contributing service to communities and individuals in need are life-altering learning experiences that forever changes the DCIS student. The Nathan Yip Foundation’s grant to DCIS will provide resources for students unable to afford the international travel educational component.