PrYSM started on November 8th, 2001, when a series of repeated Cambodian gang fights and resulting deaths, inspired youth and local college students to fight for positive change in the community. The first campaign was against the deportation of Cambodian American refugees, who were being sent back to the country from which they fled a genocide and civil war. Southeast Asian (SEA) youth organized three community marches and demonstrations in front of the Providence INS office to protest the deportations; and mobilized resources and groups on the national level in a coordinated advocacy campaign.
Today PrYSM is a 501c3 non-profit youth organization which challenges and supports Southeast Asian youth to become leaders, organizers, and critical thinkers, by offering educational workshops, leadership opportunities, mentorship, and oversight of youth-led community organizing projects.
PrYSM offers two leadership programs (seaQuel and SOUL) which engage youth in organizing campaigns and community events. An after-school drop-in center is open year round providing a safe-space and multiple opportunities to volunteer in the community.
Visit www.prysm.us for more information