By Ling-Mei Wong
Boston Police Department officers and staff celebrated Lunar New Year with teenagers from Boston Asian: Youth Essential Service on Jan. 28.
Officer Ted Boyle served hot dogs, while Sgt. Tom Lema challenged all comers to beat him at chess.
“We were youth at YES, when this used to be a parking lot,” said Detective Cary Chin, a Cantonese-speaking policeman who grew up in Chinatown. “Coming here after school with friends helps kids stay on the right track.”
About 60 youth participated in a Lunar New Year trivia quiz, with randomly selected teenagers receiving red envelopes with gift cards inside.
The mission of Boston Asian YES is to inspire Asian youth to discover their potential. To this end, it has developed a community youth center for the 21st century at 199 Harrison Avenue.