Honoring the Class of 2018 at the 9th Annual High School Filipina/x/o Graduation of San Diego

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2018

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:

https://tinyurl.com/filgrad2018registration

".. 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 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/donatefilgrad2018If you would like to volunteer and/or invite us to make an informational presentation about the event, please contact us at kampsd@gmail.com.

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

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Contact:
Heidi Dotimas
HS FilGrad Committee 2018

Email:
kampsd[@]gmail[.]com

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2016

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).

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Mabuhay HS FilGrad 2015!

On May 24, 2015, the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program held its annual High School Filipino/a Graduation of San Diego County at the Downtown Central Public Library. It was the biggest and best HS FilGrad yet with a record number of participants and an excellent keynote address delivered by Councilmember Todd Gloria.

The event began with a performance by the Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble, which presented gong-chime music and dances from the southern Philippines. FilGrad participants then processed into the beautiful Shiley Suite to the sound of traditional kulintang music before the winners of the Filipino American Educator Association’s (or Filameda) scholarships were introduced. Filameda has been a long-time collaborator of KAMP in presenting HS FilGrad. Another scholarship was also presented by KAMP’s Executive Director, Dr. Amanda Solomon Amorao, on behalf of UCSD Kaibigang Pilipino and the Ruanto-Maguilat Foundation to a high-achieving, incoming UCSD freshman.

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FilGrad hosts Kuya John Camero and Kuya Sean Tangco then introduced the 2015 HS FilGrad speaker, Councilmember Todd Gloria. Gloria has served as the representative for the City of San Diego’s Third Council District since December 2008. He was selected by the City Council as its President in 2013 and 2014 and served as Interim Mayor of the City of San Diego from August 30, 2013 until March 2, 2014. Councilmember Gloria delivered an inspirational speech, encouraging students to find their passions and contribute to their communities.

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After the keynote, HS FilGrad participants took to the stage and gave short speeches thanking their families, friends, teachers, and counselors for support. Each participant then received a handmade stole of Philippine batik fabric, a certificate of recognition, an HS FilGrad 2015 necklace created by Filipino Brand, and a swag bag donated by the Three Treasures Cultural Arts Society. This is the heart of HS FilGrad – the opportunity to personally recognize and celebrate the amazing students in our community and show them our support as they begin their exciting journeys after high school. HS FilGrad conveys how proud the community is of what these students have already accomplished and how we look forward to all that they will still accomplish – all the good that they will do not just for themselves or their families but also for others.

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KAMP’s vision is to empower a new generation of leaders, inspiring them to contribute to their communities and act for social justice. KAMP thanks that amazing community partners who helped make HS FilGrad 2015 possible:

Volunteer for HS FilGrad 2015!

Hello KAMP Supporters!

we are in need of 10 volunteers to assist us with the San Diego Filipina/o High School Graduation (FilGrad). Volunteering means assisting with duties on the day of the event including but not limited to: decorating, ushering, serving food, clean-up, registration, photo-booth.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the event, FilGrad is a Filipino-style graduation ceremony sponsored by KAMP and FILAMEDA to commemorate the accomplishments and achievements of graduating seniors in San Diego. A special feature of the ceremony is that each graduate will be given a moment at the podium to express their gratitude to their friends, family, and community members who have helped them throughout school.

This year is the 7th annual ceremony and we will be hosting the event at the Downtown San Diego Public Library on May 24th, 2015 from 2pm to 4pm. If you are interested, willing, and able to volunteer with us for FilGrad, please follow the instructions below to sign-up:

INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN-UP FOR VOLUNTEERING:
 
  1. Availability: We will need volunteers to be available to help from 1pm to 5pm, if you are available between these hours, please mark your calendars.
  2. Contact Information: Please email us with your contact information including your First and Last Name, Phone Number and Email.
  3. Follow-Up: Our volunteer coordinator, Romyn Sabatchi, will contact you and provide you with more detailed information about your duties for FilGrad.

Please email us at kampsd@gmail.com to volunteer! Thank you so much!