Healthy Asian Youth Summer Camp

June 2017

In This Issue

ESL Summer Quarter
Starting July 10, 2017

10 am - 12 noon
Mondays (Beginner Level)
Tuesdays (Intermediate Level)
Wednesdays (Intermediate Level)
Thursdays (Advanced Level)

For more information, please call AACS at 614-220-4023 x 230.
Korean Seniors Program

The Korean Seniors Program offers Korean seniors ( 55 years of age or older) in Franklin County with public assistance and culturally appropriate support services.

To learn more about the program or if you have any question, please contact Daniel "Danny" Nam at x 223.
Women's Quilting Group  
Thursdays, 1pm-3pm @AACS

This project seeks to connect women, share stories of  courage, create beauty, and move towards healing in our lives with one another. 

All craft supplies will be provided, and take-home kits will be available. The group will be hosted at AACS (4700 Reed Rd., Suite B, Columbus Ohio, 43220).

To learn more about our quilting group or are interested in attending, please contact our Program Manager, Chin-Yin Shih  at  or 614-220-4023 x 224 .
Ikebana Classes:
Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement
Mondays, 2pm-3pm or 3:15pm-4:15pm

Our current classes are full.
Please stay tuned for sign-ups in our next series.

To learn more about our Ikebana classes or are interested attending, contact our Program Manager,  Chin-Yin Shih at
or 614-220-4023 x 224.
Senior Benefits Program

If you have questions about:
-Medicare Part A, B, & D
-Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs)
-(Medicare Part D) Extra Help
-Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
-Food Stamp Program (SNAP)
-Cash Assistance
-Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
-Homestead Exemption for property tax
-Golden Buckeye Card
-AT&T Lifeline
-Free Clinic
-Other related questions

Please contact  Chin-Yin Shih at 614-220-4023 x 224 or for more information and for a FREE screening for benefits eligibility.
Free Health  Consultation

The second Sunday afternoon, every month
12:45pm - 1:30pm

Columbus Chinese Christian Church
4141 Maize Rd, Columbus, OH 43224

For more information, please contact: Changcheng Zhao, 614-715-2212

Lao Volunteer Donation Association:
Monthly Provisions Giveaway
2017 Produce Market Dates

Saturday, 06/17/17- 10:00 am-1:00 pm

1160 Alum Creek Drive
Columbus, OH 43209

 Please call 614-506-1167 or 614-252-5786 to confirm.
Families living at or below the Federal Poverty Line are eligible to receive free produce. Please bring a bag to carry away your goods.
Volunteers Needed!!!
AACS is seeking committed volunteers who can help support our programs!! We have a particular need in our civic engagement program. To learn more about our programs and overview of volunteer opportunities, check out our website or contact Asafu Suzuki (
614-220-4023 x240, Inquiries regarding unpaid internships (both summer and during the semester) are also welcome.

To volunteer for our Healthy Asian Youth (HAY) program, please contact Franchesca Brown (216-732-1570,
Hepatitis Awareness Events in May
AACS celebrated National Hepatitis Awareness Month by organizing two community screening events and spreading the word to get screened.


Summer HAY 2017!

"I'm staying on in the summer program," said Rio Villoria, a student volunteer who was introduced to Healthy Asian Youth (HAY) this spring.

He is not the only one who is contributing to Summer HAY, AACS's youth summer camp which kicked off on June 12. This year, 9 summer staff and 10 volunteers will lead approximately 80 participants through various educational and recreational activities, with an additional 15 teens working as part of the staff to set off on an exciting summer adventure.

The program, an eight-w eek summer camp, consists of reading and m ath enrichment courses, health classes, dance workshops, and other great curricula. Continuing HAY's afterschool efforts, these activities create an interactive environment where the kids can acquire knowledge and build relationship with one another.

As in previous years, Summer HAY participants can expect all of this and even more. Activities may also include water balloon fights, swimming, and other outdoor games. The kids can also explore the
city to seek out more opportunities and interesting topics ranging from nature to science.

"We go on educational field trips such as the zoo, college tour, COSI, Olentangy Indian Caverns and many more field trips," Franchesca Brown, the HAY program coordinator, said. "Through the summer camp our goal is for the kids to have fun and learn through activities such as creating a script for a video or measuring the height of a staff member."

The staff have also been dedicating their time to developing the program  to educate the young participants in a more professional manner. Renewing its collaboration with COSI, Summer HAY will be working with new groups such as the Khmer Student Association (KHSA) and Food Matters on its learning sessions this year. 

While KHSA will be running a cultural workshop for the kids , a group of medical students will also support the program by providing a series of health education that "include interactive food demonstrations," according to Franchesca.

Lauren Chen, one of the medical students, was a f ull-time teacher last summer and will be leading informative workshops titled "Future Docs for HAY" th is year.  Her time spent with HAY has helped her understand the importance of equipping  socioeconomically unprivileged youth with health awareness as well as with meditation techniques to improve long term physical and mental wellbeing. 

"I have seen a constant need for volunteers, educational programs, and funds to support these underserved students," said Lauren. "Many of our children come from low-income schools and families, and lack access to quality education and healthy lifestyles."

With this goal in mind, she and her team designed appealing activities that would help the kids apply what they have learned to real-life situations. 

Sh e said, "We really wanted to expand our program into a series of interactive workshops on nutrition, physical fitness, mental wellness, and substance abuse that not only took place during summer camp, but continued into the school year."

AACS hopes that Summer HAY will not only bring everyone a good time but also promise a brighter future for the kids. Have fun!

Memories from Summer HAY 2016.
the APA Heritage Month
Dragon Boat Race!!

Our team competing in the Dragon Boat Race.

On May 21, AACS competed in this year's Dragon Boat Race hosted at West Bank Park in downtown Columbus. Our team was comprised of 21 people, about half of whom were new participants. And one of them played a role as the drummer, who used a rhythmic beat to indicate the cadence of the entire process. 

According to Chin-Yin Shih, AACS's program manager and member of the dragon boat team, the weather was not too bad despite some rain and helped provide a better experience compared to last year's competition.

In the qualifying heats, AACS was the 11th among 21 participant teams, defeating Columbus International Program (CIP) and Clintonville CRC. Finally, we competed in the B Division Consolation Final Race and won 4th place in Division B. 

Chin-Yin said the biggest challenge throughout the race was the synchronicity of the strokes. It was not easy to ensure that everyone was on the same pace. But thanks to the drummer and our team members' collaboration, we gave our best performance yet!
Live Healthy- Hep Free!
OSU School of Medicine student volunteers giving a presentation on Hepatitis B prevention and screening to high school students at the Dublin Jerome high school. This classroom presentation is part of the LHHF program. 

Oliver worked with our LHHF team to screen new patients at our Hep B screening events. Thank you Oliver!