Honoring the Class of 2018 at the 9th Annual High School Filipina/x/o Graduation of San Diego

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2018

San Diego, CA – The Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP) is hosting its 9th High School Filipina/x/o Graduation of San Diego (HS FilGrad). The celebration will take place on Saturday, June 2 at the Logan Heights Branch Library.

HS FilGrad is an event that recognizes the achievements of all San Diego high school Filipina/x/o graduating seniors. Class of 2018 graduates interested in participating may find our registration page here:

https://tinyurl.com/filgrad2018registration

".. FilGrad was such an amazing experience for me because I actually felt appreciated for my accomplishments in high school from others… Thank you KAMP and FilGrad for this wonderful experience."
Mariel Velicaria
2015 FilGrad Participant

We are extremely excited to be entering our 9th year of HS FilGrad. It is always such an honor to recognize these talented students and to send them off into the next phase of their lives with a commencement ceremony done Filipina/x/o style!

We thank the San Diego community for their ever-present support in this event.

If you would like to help celebrate our students by making a donation, you may find our donation form here: https://tinyurl.com/donatefilgrad2018If you would like to volunteer and/or invite us to make an informational presentation about the event, please contact us at kampsd@gmail.com.

KAMP is fiscally sponsored by Asian Pacific Islander Community Actions (APICA).

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Contact:
Heidi Dotimas
HS FilGrad Committee 2018

Email:
kampsd[@]gmail[.]com

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Daylight Saving Updates!

So, a lot happened since our last post three months ago. To give you an idea…

Here are a few of the events we’ve had for our amazing staff and mentors:

  • We hosted a fun-filled Brown Carabao Gift Exchange in December! Highlights include eating Porto’s pastries courtesy of Ate Jhea, seeing former KAMPers like Kuya Jon, Kuya Brandon and Ate Gail, and setting a new record for gift steals.
  • We held an incredible Staff & Mentor Winter Retreat in January! See our last reflection post about retreat, written by Ate Michelle.
  • Our research team celebrated their first year working together at an escape room, and they solved it with 38 seconds to spare!

Here’s some of what we’ve done with our wonderful, dedicated community partners:

  • We moved to a different server this month! We’re so grateful for our new home on the internet. Many thanks to Kuya Sev and Kuya Ray for their generosity.
  • We attended Asian Solidarity Collective’s (ASC) first event: Solidarity Get Down! ASC is a new grassroots organization in San Diego whose mission is to activate Asian American social justice consciousness, identify intersectional affiliations, condemn anti-Blackness, and build Asian solidarity with Black folks and other communities of color. Stay posted for updates about our exciting new partnership with ASC!

Here are our reluctant updates about PQ Village:

  • We’re heartbroken, and we’re angry.
  • Earlier this month, San Diego City Council approved the Pacific Village redevelopment proposal with a vote of 8-to-1. Even if they hadn’t, though, policy-driven circumstances had made it so the redevelopment was a shoe-in. What happened with PQ Village is a glaring example of statements like, “The system wasn’t built for us.”
  • For now, we are keeping our ears to the ground for updates. Organizer-friends who are closer to the residents may be sharing call-outs soon, for volunteers to help with packing and moving.

And last but not least, here are our updates about what we’ve done and been working on for our students:

  • We had awesome classroom visits at Sweetwater High School and Mt. Carmel High School (y’all are so on point)!
  • We facilitated a workshop at UC San Diego Kaibigang Pilipinx’s high school conference!
  • And we’ve have officially begun working on FilGrad 2018!!! That’s right. It’s happening.

On that note, if you’re down to help us make FilGrad happen, we’d love to have you join one of our committees! Email us at kampsd[@]gmail[.]com, and we’ll link you up.

–Ate Moe

Reflecting on Winter Retreat

The biggest take away from KAMP’s winter retreat was the reminder to be mindful of the different ways people process both information and emotions.

The weekend’s activities lended themselves to be individually reflective and active collaboratively, allowing for the different transfers of ideas and ways to ground oneself both in the moment and in our work ahead.

We were able to learn about KAMP history in a fun “Game of Life” created by Kuya Marc and Ate Kim, and discuss our past and present educational experiences through a Pedagogy/Theater of the Oppressed workshop facilitated by Ate Heidi.

Overall the retreat was a great way to practice the community building with each other, that we will continue to foster and strengthen in the larger San Diego Fil-Am community.

— Ate Michelle