How We Can Help Your Child
AYL college tour to UC - Berkeley.
In Asian Young Life, we
seek to partner with parents so that together we can help your child
reach his or her full potential. As a Christian organization, one of our
primary goals is to help teenagers grow spiritually. To learn more
about how we do this, please visit our About Asian Young Life
Furthermore, our leaders go above and beyond to assist teenagers
in other areas of life as well. Listed below are some of the
additional ways that our leaders and our organization can help your
child to be his or her best.
Preparing For College
You probably want your child to do well in high school and to get
accepted into an excellent college. In Asian Young Life, we can play a
supportive role in helping your child to achieve such a goal. Most of
our leaders are tutors and/or teachers at nearby secondary schools. Our
area director, Dr. Brian Hall, for example, is a social studies teacher
at the Academies @ Englewood in Englewood, NJ; another leader, Mrs. Maria Jung, is a
science teacher at Northern Valley Regional High School - Demarest. Our experienced "teacher-leaders" are already familiar with educational methods that
can motivate your child to succeed academically.
our leaders want to have a positive influence on teenagers, they
frequently take students to bookstores and libraries to study with them and
to help them prepare for the SAT. This "personal connection" may
provide the spark necessary to motivate your child to work harder.
Every year we also write dozens of college recommendation letters
for high school students, we host a "senior send-off" to prepare students for college, and we have even taken some of our
young people on college tours to prestigious schools like Yale,
Princeton, Swarthmore, Rutgers, and even to Stanford and UC-Berkeley. We do these things simply because we care about young people and because we want
them to succeed in all areas of life.
Please know that we are committed
to working alongside parents in doing all we can to assist your
child in becoming a more competitive and attractive candidate in the
college admissions process. If there is anything you want our
leaders to do to assist your child academically, please let us know
. We want to help!
Community Service Opportunities
Many parents today see the benefit of having their child engage in
community service projects. Although Asian students typically achieve high
SAT scores and grade point averages, one significant component that
many Asian teenagers (and their parents) often overlook in the college
admissions process is the importance of character. In Asian
Young Life, we provide numerous opportunities for young people to mature
in this critical area. For example, through our partnerships with
groups like Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics, we give teens
a chance to serve the community and to grow in character. Every
summer, we also take our teens to a special service project camp called Capernaum. At this camp, our teenagers serve young people with
disabilities by helping the campers overcome obstacles and grow in
Many high schools now require (and many colleges now expect) students to complete a number of community service hours before they graduate. As a licensed non-profit organization, if your
son or daughter volunteers with us, we can provide service hours and
documentation certificates that can be used to partially fulfill such community service requirements. We are also happy to provide letters of
recommendation for volunteers who go above and beyond what is expected.
More importantly, by participating in our community service projects,
our young people grow in character as they learn to have compassion on
others. It is not uncommon for many of our volunteers to write about
these experiences in their college application essays because of the
life-changing impact these opportunities had on who they are and how
they see the world around them.
to read a sample college essay submitted by one of our students after he served at Capernaum camp.
American culture is confusing and fraught with temptations and tough decisions.
You know firsthand that it is becoming increasingly difficult to raise
your child with the values that you deem important. That's where Asian
Young Life can help... We desire to instill in young people the same
moral and ethical principles that you would expect from them — taking
responsibility for their chores and other family obligations, studying
diligently and doing well in school, taking initiative in planning for
their future, and being respectful and obedient to their elders.
Moral and Ethical Development
Christian organization, we emphasize the biblical principle of honoring
one's parents, knowing that a "wise child brings joy to a father"
(Proverbs 10:1). In addition, we try to connect your child to a
community of well-behaved and responsible peers who enjoy living life to
the full without depending on things like alcohol or drugs to have a
good time. In Asian Young Life, we call this "life the way it was meant
to be." In every interaction that our organization has with teenagers,
our leaders model and emphasize these values in the hope that young
people will adopt these values and live them out on their own.