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

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.



KAMP Summer Retreat Sept 10-11


“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.

KAMP’s Summer Mixer


It’s going to be Legend-wait-for-it…….

Coming up on our 9th year of teaching, dialoging and mentoring the Kuyas and Ates want to meet YOU! Come to our summer mixer and ask us about who we are, why we do what we do, and or any other questions you have for us.

RSVP through this event page invitation
or by email through kampsd[at]gmail.com


Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 6:30pm-10pm.


Soda and Swine Liberty Station

2750 Dewey Road # 104

San Diego, California 92106


Free. Some appetizers will be courtesy of KAMP, but feel inclined to buy a snack.

About KAMP
KAMP was officially born when we began to form partnerships with local Filipino language teachers and came to their classrooms once a month to supplement language learning with critical explorations of our identity, history and culture. Not only does KAMP create dynamic learning spaces in classrooms, but we also offer workshops for the general community and fellow Filipino American organizations. Beyond the classroom, KAMP organizes open mics, bboy jams, art shows and other events to help our community express and empower itself. For more info visit the About page here.

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Honoring the Class of 2016 at the 8th Annual High School Filipina/o Graduation of San Diego


Honoring the Class of 2016 at the 8th Annual High School Filipina/o Graduation of San Diego

San Diego, CA – The Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP) will be hosting its 8th 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 22, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic Centro Cultural de la Raza.

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. 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.

We are extremely proud and excited to be entering our 8th year of the FilGrad. It has been such an honor to meet these talented students right before entering the next phase of their lives. Simply put, HS FilGrad can be explained as a commencement ceremony done Filipino/a style!

“…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.”  -Mariel Velicaria [2015 FilGrad participant]

We thank the San Diego community for their support if this event, as we continue to anticipate this event for years to come.

If you are interested in participating in HS FilGrad, by having us make a presentation about the event, making a donation, and/or volunteering, please contact us at kampsd@gmail.com.

About Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP)

KAMP started informally in 2007 as a group of college and recently graduated college students who shared a common vision: to forge relationships with younger Filipin@ American youth in San Diego county in order to build critical knowledge about our identity, history and culture.

KAMP’s vision is to empower and inspire our youth to be fully participatory and transformative in our local and global communities.

KAMP is fiscally sponsored by Asian Pacific Islander Community Actions (APICA).