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The Promised Leaders of Tomorrow (PLOT) Youth Program engages and supports low-income Asian and Pacific Islander youth in Pierce County who are at risk of dropping out or failing out of high school.  We help them to overcome barriers such as gangs, violence, drugs or alcohol, behavior problems and other issues so that they stay in school and graduate. We provide mentorship, wrap-around services, and cultural connections to guide them on the path for success in school and in life. 

Our staff and volunteers integrate the Asia Pacific culture in all activities to better connect with the students.  These youths are the future of our community and we are working hard to give them the support that they need to achieve their full potential. 

Program Activities

 Schools We Work With

  • Lincoln HS
  • Oakland HS
  • Mt. Tahoma HS
  • Foss HS
  • Stadium HS
  • Washington HS
  • Franklin Pierce HS
  • Clover Park HS
  • Bates Technical HS
  • Washington Youth Academy
  • First Creek Middle School
  • Other Alternative Schools in Pierce County

For More Information

Students and families who are interested in any APCC Youth Program activities, please contact our Youth Program Manager, Mrs. Sinoun Hem at (253) 383-3900 or email

 Mrs. Sinoun Hem, Youth Program

Mrs. Sinoun Hem has served as the Youth Program Manager since 2010, and has played an important part in developing and expanding the program for APCC.  Her passion for helping Asia Pacific children and youth stems from her childhood experience of being born in Cambodia, surviving the war camps and turmoil that plagued the country during that time, and the experience of her family’s immigration to the U.S.  For over 35 years she has dedicated her life to working with young people.  She believes that investing in a child from cradle to career is critical to helping combat poverty.  Education is the key to success for our youth to be productive and engaged individuals in our society. Her philosophy is "Enter to Learn and Exit to Serve".

At APCC, Mrs. Hem works hard to help at-risk, low-income Asian and Pacific Islander youth to stay in school and graduate and then guides them to post-secondary education, especially those who have more limited means and fewer chances to further their education.  She is committed to helping them to reach their career and life goals for a brighter future.

Asia Pacific Cultural Center
4851 South Tacoma Way | Tacoma, WA 98409
Telephone: (253)383.3900
Fax: (253)292-1551
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