Eddy Zheng (鄭小飛), has a passion and lifelong commitment to serving high need youth and communities in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. A Project Director at the Community Youth Center of San Francisco (CYC), he oversees the agency’s Special Projects component and the branch office in Bayview Hunters Point.
Eddy immigrated to America from China with his family when he was 12 years old. “Like many immigrant youth before and after me, I did not have a choice on whether or not I wanted to come to the U.S.,” he says, “I know firsthand the difficulties, barriers and frustrations the young people in our community are going through, and what can happen when they can’t get the help support they need to succeed.” Eddy’s mission is to use his experiences to inspire and motivate young people to invest in their education, raise awareness about the detrimental impact that the Prison Industrial Complex has on the Asian and Pacific Islander population, and promote racial harmony among people of color.
Appointed by San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee to serve on the Southeast Community Facility’s Commission http://www.sfgov3.org/index.aspx?page=639, Eddy also serves on the Board of Directors for San Francisco’s Chinese for Affirmative Action http://www.caasf.org/(CAA) and the Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC) http://chinatowncdc.org/, and co-chairs the Oakland-based Asian Prisoners Support Committee http://www.asianprisonersupport.com/ (APSC). In 2007, he led a book project which culminated in the publication of “Other: An Asian and Pacific Islander Prisoners’ Anthology.” Eddy is currently the subject of the soon to be released documentary, “Breathin’ The Eddy Zheng Story.” http://www.eddyzhengstory.com/