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:
".. 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."
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/donatefilgrad2018. If you would like to volunteer and/or invite us to make an informational presentation about the event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KAMP is fiscally sponsored by Asian Pacific Islander Community Actions (APICA).
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!
The Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (or KAMP) seeks an excellent candidate to serve as Executive Director for a two-year term to begin July 1, 2017. If chosen, the candidate will serve as KAMP’s second Executive Director in its history and be pivotal in continuing the organization’s growth and development.