SHETU NYC is a non-profit volunteer based organization working with the Bangladeshi-American community in New York City. Our mission is to advocate and work in partnership with low-median income immigrants residing in the five boroughs, primarily those of Bangladeshi descent. In addition, SHETU NYC offers charitable related activities organizing and delivering dialogues, workshops, and other public events regarding employment, housing, literacy, language access, advocacy and other topics aimed to educate and empower community members. All our workshops and materials are in Bangla and English to accommodate participants of all ages and background. Also, we collaborate with other institutions and community based organizations to deliver workshops, trainings, and education to reach our participants. This effort will assist in developing various critical skills and core competencies, which will enable them to become more productive members of the American society.

History

Shetu Inc. is a community based non-profit organization which was founded with the mission of assisting the low-income, Bangladeshi immigrant populations to facilitate an easier acculturation into mainstream society in America. Initially an informal peer group of members, who had a similar interest of working for the immigrant communities decided to provide a platform for the newly-arriving migrants, and started working under the name Youth Congress of Bangladeshi-Americans (YCBA). Ever since its formation, the organization has been dedicated to assisting immigrant populations with various programs and resources, enabling them to effectively participate in the communities they live in. 

YCBA was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2011 and received its IRS-approved tax exempt 501(c)(3) status in 2014. In 2015, YCBA changed its name to Shetu. Shetu, which translates to “bridge” in English, deemed a better fit with our vision to work for the underserved, immigrant communities in the US by bridging the socio-cultural gap and promoting civic participation. Annually, Shetu Inc. serves over 4000 community members through its various programs, events and workshops.

Mission

Shetu’s mission is to empower South Asian immigrant communities with a particular focus on the Bangladeshi population to fully achieve their civic and socio-economic potential in New York by building bridges across cultures, languages, and generations.

Vision

Shetu believes in empowering, advocating and creating leaders in our targeted underserved and underrepresented South Asian communities.