Celebrating 10 Years of the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program

For Immediate Release: September 6, 2017

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.

For tickets and sponsorship information, please visit www.tinyurl.com/KAMP10tix.

Contact: 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.

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.

 

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View published press release here.

Executive Director’s Message: Celebrating Ends and Beginnings

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.

Amanda Solomon Amorao
Executive Director: Amanda Solomon Amorao

KAMP 2017 Summer Retreat: The Next 10 Years

When: Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 from 8:30am to 5pm

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!

Facebook Event Page: https://tinyurl.com/KAMPSummerRetreat2017

Summer Retreat Registration: https://tinyurl.com/KAMPTheNextTenYears

KAMP Seeks New Executive Director

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.

To see the full call for applications and instructions for submission, go to: http://bit.ly/2pI1otd

Applications are due July 1, 2017.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MESSAGE

Amanda Solomon AmoraoThis past month KAMP has been had at work forming new alliances with some awesome groups that are also invested in transformative education and the pursuit of social justice. We were honored to have members of the new local chapter of API for Black Lives come to one of our meetings and discuss how we can collaborate on events to combat anti-black racism in San Diego’s Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. KAMP has also been invited to join the newly formed Social Justice Advisory Committee at Lincoln High School, which has as one of its goals the re-establishment of a Center for Social Justice on campus. KAMP recognizes the importance of cross-racial solidarity and working with allies to combat the divisiveness and intolerance of our current moment. Come join our efforts!

Amanda Solomon Amorao, PhD
Associate Director, UCSD’s Culture, Art, &Technology Program
Executive Director, Kuya Ate Mentorship Program
http://alasolomon.wordpress.com

KAMP Honored by CA Commission on APIA Affairs

On Monday, September 26, the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program was honored at the Mission Valley Library by the California Commission on Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs for our work in the community. This recognition is given to community based organizations who have demonstrated continued excellence and commitment to the advancement of the social, economic, health, education, and political advancement of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the state of California. KAMP was one of the select few to be recognized during the commission hearings, which are held throughout the state.

 

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KAMP Summer Retreat Sept 10-11

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“KAMP, Evolve!” is KAMP’s 9th annual Summer Retreat!

KAMP is short for the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program. Our vision is to empower and inspire our youth to be fully participatory and transformative in our local and global communities.

We invite you to join us–

“KAMP, Evolve!” is OPEN to new & current KAMP members, and to interested community members!

Food will be provided. Some of us may even drop a lure or two during meal and break times.

Note: This retreat is **not** overnight.