Thank you ALL for being a part of our 10th Birthday Jam, both in person and in spirit! It was an outpouring of love. We have so much gratitude for our communities, our past, present, and future mentors, and our youth… we are here!
KAMP is holding a BOGO SALE this week only for tickets to our 10th Birthday Jam on Saturday 10/7! Buy one ticket, and get one ticket free! You know that’s a hella good deal. Our BOGO sale lasts through this Saturday 9/30 – and prices go up $5 on Sunday 10/1 – so get ’em soon! 💫
**Children and youth under 15 get free admission!**
Celebrating 10 Years of the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program
San Diego, CA – The Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP) will be celebrating its 10th year of empowering San Diego Filipino American youth in exploring their history, culture, and identity. KAMP’s 10th Birthday Jam will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 5pm to 8pm at the Community Hall of the United Domestic Workers of America AFSCME Local 3930.
In 2007, KAMP informally started as a group of college students and recent graduates who shared a common vision: to forge relationships with Filipinx American youth in San Diego County and build critical knowledge about their identities, history, and culture. KAMP’s founders hosted sala talks (open living room discussions) and realized that many youth lacked basic knowledge of Filipinx American Studies. KAMP grew when it began to partner with local Filipino language teachers and visit their classrooms. At its height, KAMP served 200 students annually at six different high schools and middle schools throughout San Diego County. Not only does KAMP create dynamic learning spaces in classrooms, but it also offers educational workshops for the general community and other Filipino American organizations.
KAMP’s 10th Birthday Jam will honor the many mentors – from its founders, former and current volunteers, partner teachers, and students – who have made these past ten years possible. The evening will feature a keynote address by Dr. Jason Magabo Perez, the author of two hybrid collections of poems, fictions and essays, a chapbook, and a full-length debut book, This is for the mostless (WordTech Editions, 2017). Youth hip hop crew Cypher State will also perform.
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.
Asian Pacific Islander Community Actions (APICA), KAMP’s fiscal sponsor, provides a space for grassroots, community member led projects strengthening the lives and stories of Asian Pacific Islander (API) Americans in California.
For the past seven months, an ad hoc committee has been working hard on exploring and proposing a new governing structure for KAMP. The committee members, April Baluyot, Alfredo Leano, Erwin Mendoza, and Sev Reyes, have taken the time and energy to debate potential organizational structures, draft position descriptions, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the organization, and vet applications for leadership positions. I am grateful for all of their work and proud to announce that on September 1st, three new KAMP Co-Directors will take over leadership of the organization.
Moe Abugan will become Organizational Director, primarily responsible for KAMP operations and finances. Moe joined KAMP two years ago to fulfill internship hours for her graduate program in leadership studies. She has already done so much to streamline KAMP operations and, more importantly, to make KAMP an even more powerful space of healing, family, and possibility. In making official Moe’s appointment as Organizational Director, the committee knows she will not only continue to foster professionalism in the organization but also compassion and care.
Marc Pescadera will take on the role of Program Director. Marc has been an integral part of KAMP since almost its beginning and truly embodies KAMP’s mission, vision, and goals. Every day in small and big ways Marc makes himself available to our ates and kuyas as “a mentor of mentors” and his institutional memory will ensure that KAMP will stay true to its roots even as it grows and progresses under this new leadership structure.
DJ Anciete will become Mentorship Director. Though he may only have recently joined KAMP, it is not hyperbole to say that he embodies everything meaningful and worthwhile about this program. Classroom teaching is the heart of KAMP’s purpose and identity, and there is no better person to entrust with KAMP’s heart than DJ. He has the strength to keep it beating, the knowledge and dedication to make it grow bigger, and the kindness to ensure that it is always tender and welcoming.
During these past six years as KAMP’s Executive Director, I have been honored to work with such amazing ates and kuyas to build knowledge and empower our community. This space has become home and these mentors have become my family. I grew as a pinay, an educator, a scholar, and a mother. Thank you for embodying the values of faith, hope, love, trust, humility, and critical thinking that Freire demands are necessary for liberation. I am more free to imagine a different world because of KAMP’s presence and heart.
Where: Alliance San Diego, 4443 30th Street San Diego, CA 92116
Come join us for our 2017 Summer Retreat! This is our time to get to know each other better, sharpen our skills as mentors, revisit KAMP pedagogy, and plan for the coming academic year. This retreat is also a perfect time to reflect on the past 10 years – on all that KAMP has accomplished and wants to accomplish as it continues to grow as an organization. Come and be a part of the next chapter of KAMP’s story!
On Friday, April 21, KAMP tabled during the community hour on the first night of the Militarism and Migration Conference sponsored by UC San Diego and hosted at the East African Community and Cultural Center in City Heights.
The Conference included workshops, panels, discussions, film showings, art exhibits, performances, and presentations exploring the connection between militarism and migration within the urgent context of ongoing transnational struggles. The themes of the conference deeply related to KAMP’s mission and work – to help our students understand the forces shaping Filipinx immigration to the U.S. and what it means to identify as Filipinx American. The conference attempted to bridge the gap between academia and community, and KAMP was honored to be part of that effort.
I came to the Halo Halo show at Lyceum with no expectations at all. I just knew it was a play with several stories and somehow the Filipino American National HIstorical Society (FANHS) was attached to it.
As I watched, I fell in love with so much of it. I was struck with awe in how much effort was put into this. They showed us historical stories I learned in Filipino Studies 16 years ago; they kept it entertaining with the colorful characters; they wove together stories of LGBTQ (Jhiggs), the undocumented, Navy, domestic violence , suicide, gangs, and dance.
But what kept me so intently glued to the stage was how it was unique to Filipino Americans in San Diego. There were numerous times where I saw myself in those stories or next to that person in the story. I was surprised that I saw so many familiar friends, colleagues, mentors, and kasamas portrayed on that stage. I appreciated the contributors’ willingness to let us peer deeper into a window of their lives.
I left the show with so much gratitude for the Filipino American community in San Diego. I also had a forlorn walk away from the theatre knowing that experiencing this show was limited. Which is why I believe it’s important for us to continue to support the arts, and to find as many ways to document our own stories.