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Koreatown Youth and Community Center, Inc.

County: Los Angeles

Project Years: YOR II Project (2020-2022)
YOR III Project (2022-2024)


Project Name: Koreatown Organizing to Reduce Youth Opioids (KORYO)

Project Description: The Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC) built on decade-long prevention efforts to increase and expand our capacity to provide youth aged 12-24 with opioid and stimulant use disorder (OUD/StUD) services in Los Angeles’ Koreatown Community by conducting a needs assessment, enhancing our infrastructure and networks, and improving pathways to treatment services. KYCC is using youth-guided, culturally relevant, and responsive services, along with data and outcome-based strategies, to strengthen network capacity. The goal is to provide outreach and education, identify barriers to services, and increase referral and access to Medication-Assisted Treatment and other recovery services. Our hope is to ultimately reduce the use of opioids and stimulants among youth and positively impact this crisis on California’s youth and families.

YOR IIIAgency: Koreatown Youth & Community Center

Project Name: KORYO

Description: Building on the findings and the success of the YOR CA 2 project, the goal of KORYO is to further increase program capacity and improve access to quality SUD services for young people who are using opioids and stimulants. The project will focus on reaching youth and young adults ages 12-24 in Koreatown and neighboring communities through youth-guided, culturally relevant and responsive services, along with data and outcome-based strategies. The project will further increase pathways to services including prevention, navigation, treatment, MAT, and recovery support. Additionally, the project will empower and mobilize youth and young adults through the transformative power of storytelling facilitated by the youth advisory council.

Primary Contact:

Name: Hiroko Makiyama, LCSW
Position: Recovery Services Manager
Agency: Koreatown Youth and Community Center, Inc.
Email: hmakiyama@kyccla.org
Phone: 213-365-7400 x 5517

Website: www.kyccla.org