Friday, April 20, 2018


BCNC Quincy will host a day of conversations on Improving well-being and health of Asian American Youth and Families. As the primary social service provider for Asian families in Quincy, BCNC has served many families in crisis, including mental health issues. We have seen mental health among youth as an emerging, yet silent issue. 2 years ago, a high school committed suicide.

Mental health in the Asian community is often a stigma, along with language and cultural barriers, many youth and adults are not seeking help timely. As a community, we can do a lot more in prevention, in early identifying the problem and offer support.  The film Looking for Luke illustrates the life of Luke Tang. Luke was a well-liked, passionate, and brilliant Harvard sophomore who took his friends and family by surprise when he decided to take his own life. 
The symposium will include screening of the film to facilitate dialogues among service providers, parents and youth.  Let me know if you can cover this. 

WHEN:             Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

WHERE:           North Quincy High School, 316 Hancock Street, Quincy MA

WHO:              Youth, Parents/Caregivers, and Service Providers

Giles Li, BCNC & Michael Connor, North Quincy High School Assistant Principal
Sandra Lee, BCNC-Community Agreement
Keynote Session
Speaker: Justin Chen, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital
Screening Introduction
Screening of “Looking for Luke”
Moderated Panel & Audience Discussion
Breakout Sessions –
  • Youth – Balancing youth and parent wishes

·         Parents - How to Raise a Healthy and Successful Child in the United States

·         Providers - Social Emotional Health for Asian American Youth and Parents


Panelists include:
  • Justin A. Chen, MD, MPH, is a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School specializing in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in young adults.
  • Catherine Vuky, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist with more than 15 years of experience providing direct care services to ethnic minority and immigrant children and families.
  • Grace Su, MSW, LCSW, has been serving at BCNC as a Family Connector.  She has a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College and is a licensed certified social worker.
  • Favian Liu, is currently a junior at Braintree High School. He has been coming to BCNC for six years, since he joined the youth summer program in 2012.
  • Sandra Lee, is currently the Director of Youth Education at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC). Sandra has a strong passion in education and empowering youth to contribute in their families, schools, and communities.
  • Sara Tan, is the Co-founder, President and Executive Director of Enhance Asian Community on Health Inc. Sara is an industry veteran with more than 27 years of professional experience in the Information Technology and Non-Profit Organization. 
  • Yoyo Yau, MA, LMHC, is the director of the Family & Community Engagement at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.  Yoyo is a licensed mental health counselor and certified Del Giacco neuro art therapy practitioner with a background in early intervention, mental health counseling and brain injury recovery. 

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