What is KAMP?
KAMP stands for the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program. We are a supplementary education program that works with the Filipino Language teachers in San Diego.
Is this your job?
No. This is not our job. This is an all volunteer organization. Everyone in KAMP is either a student getting an AA, bachelors, masters, or even PhD or just someone who has already completed college and has a job but loves learning about Filipino American history, culture, and identity.
Are any of you teachers?
People in KAMP have a lot of different backgrounds. Some of us want to pursue education as a career, BUT not all of us do. Some of us are nursing students, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, law students, counselors, & some of us are still deciding. We come from all walks of life, and you need that to show the students that the path is not linear all the time. But it’s not to say that the KUYAs and ATEs are not qualified to be in the classroom. We do extensive research on all the lessons we do, and we go through a rigorous training process. Do you have to be a teacher in order to educate?
Does KAMP make a lot of money?
KAMP is grant-funded grassroots organization under the fiscal receivership of Asian Pacific Islander Community Actions. KAMP’s finances are committed to sustaining the organization for the future. But as individuals, everyone in KAMP generously volunteers time and effort to the students and the community.
If you don’t get paid, why do you do it?
In KAMP we feel that education has no monetary value, even with all the budget cuts. We felt that the education of our people was more important than waiting for someone to fund it. It might’ve taken a long time. It was something we needed a long time ago… and for some in KAMP, something THEY needed when they were in High School. If KAMP is not factored in any budget, there would be no KAMP to cut.
Why do you ONLY teach Filipino stuff? There are other races too, you know.
We teach Filipino stuff, because Filipino stuff is what we know. We don’t have the capacity to start up programs for other groups. But for those who feel this way, the students ARE in a Filipino class or club at our teaching sites. If anything, they would be learning Filipino stuff anyway. The difference is: we are combining our Filipino experiences and our American experiences. We were just a bunch of Filipino American kids who felt it necessary to share our stories with the youth in our community. But we don’t mean to do it to exclude anyone or discourage any other ethnic groups from doing the same. That would be up to the people in THAT community. But we would be interested in working with people who have started or are thinking of starting those programs. We would share their information with students who are interested.