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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2015

San Diego, CA – The Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP) will be hosting its 7th Annual High School Filipino/a Graduation of San Diego (HS FilGrad), co-sponsored by the Filipino American Educators Association of San Diego County (FILAMEDA). The celebration will take place on Sunday, May 24, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the beautiful downtown Public Central Library.

HS FilGrad is an event proudly organized by the members of KAMP to recognize the achievements of all San Diego high school Filipino/a graduating seniors. “HS FilGrad was such an amazing experience for me because I actually felt appreciated for my accomplishments in high school from others,” shared Mariel Velicaria after participating last year. “Thank you KAMP and HS FilGrad for this wonderful experience.”

This year Todd Gloria, representative for the City of San Diego’s Third District, will honor our students as the keynote speaker. “As a proud member of the Filipino-American community, I’m honored to join the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program to recognize the accomplishments of our local Filipino/a students,” said Councilmember Gloria. “High school graduation is the start of a long journey toward self-discovery, and this organization works tirelessly to integrate cultural identity with academics to encourage the success of these students.”

Students who participate in HS FilGrad will be exclusively eligible for FILAMEDA’s scholarship program. Those who apply must exhibit great dedication to their community as well as excel in academics. Check out last year’s HS FilGrad at: https://youtu.be/yVGDwKD019w. Students can download and print the attached application or access the online form at the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/1E647aFI3d

For questions, comments, or inquiries regarding school visits please email us with the subject line “HS FilGrad 2015” to kampsd@gmail.com.

KAMP’s mission is to foster an educational program in and out of the classroom that develops critical thinking skills and primarily focuses on the study of Filipino and Filipino American culture, history and identity in order to pursue social justice.

Operation Samahan, the fiscal receiver of KAMP, is a federally qualified community health center that emerged within the Filipino community over the last forty years. The agency serves low-income families and individuals in the County of San Diego in two strategic areas with a high-density population of Filipinos/Asian and other low-income, uninsured individuals — National City and Mira Mesa (North Central San Diego).

Contact: Lily Prijoles, HS FilGrad Committee 2015

Email: kampsd@gmail.com