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Youth for Asian Theater (YFAT) was founded in Summer 2001 by executive director Lauren D. Yee. Lauren noticed that there was a significant lack of opportunities for students in the community to express themselves through writing and acting. She also felt that San Francisco teens also lacked an outlet to deal with the issues surrounding today’s teens and the Asian American experience. Wanting to give herself and other students a chance to explore these fields, she formed YFAT, a small group composed of ragtag student actors that soon developed into the thriving theater organization it is today.