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.

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.

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.

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!

2015 HS FilGrad Keynote Speaker: Councilman Todd Gloria

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KAMP is proud to have San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria serve as our keynote speaker at this year’s HS FilGrad. Our signature Filipino-style graduation ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 24 from 2pm to 4pm at the Downtown Central Public Library. Please read more about Councilman Gloria below. We look forward to his words inspiring our students!

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Todd 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 has successfully championed increased infrastructure investment, resulting in miles of smoother roads and the term “sexy streets.” He has also led the way for San Diego’s first permanent year-round homeless service center, is a leading advocate for transportation options including a stronger public transit system and pedestrian and bicycle projects, and he authored Proposition C in 2010, which updated the City’s veterans hiring policy.

As Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee since 2011, Councilmember Gloria oversaw the development and approval of budgets that stabilized the City’s finances after years of cuts, and restored critical services like library hours. Councilmember Gloria currently chairs the Committee on Budget and Government Efficiency. He represents San Diego on the board of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the SANDAG Executive Committee, and the Metropolitan Transit System. He is also Chair of the SANDAG Transportation Committee and the Regional Continuum of Care Council Governance Board, while remaining the City’s liaison to Civic San Diego.

Prior to his election in 2008, Councilmember Gloria served as District Director to U.S. Congresswoman Susan A. Davis and worked for the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency. Todd’s volunteer efforts to improve the community include his work as a San Diego Housing Commissioner from 2005 until his election to the City Council, and as a member of the Mid-City Prostitution Impact Panel.

In 2013, Councilmember Gloria was one of 24 individuals chosen for the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship Program for Public Leadership, recognizing him as one of the nation’s most promising young leaders in American government. Councilmember Gloria was named San Diego’s Best Elected Official by the readers of CityBeat in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. His work has also been recognized by numerous organizations, including the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, the Greater San Diego Business Association, and the HIV Consumer Council.

Councilmember Gloria is a graduate of the University of San Diego and a member of the Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. A native of San Diego, Councilmember Gloria is also a third generation resident of District Three and a dedicated public servant. Having learned from his parents the importance of leaving things better than when you first found them, Councilmember Gloria enthusiastically and tirelessly works to ensure San Diego is considered a truly great city.

Honoring the Class of 2015 at the 7th Annual High School Filipina/o Graduation of San Diego

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2015

San Diego, CA – The Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP) will be hosting its 7th Annual 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 24, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the beautiful downtown Public Central Library.

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. “HS FilGrad was such an amazing experience for me because I actually felt appreciated for my accomplishments in high school from others,” shared Mariel Velicaria after participating last year. “Thank you KAMP and HS FilGrad for this wonderful experience.”

This year Todd Gloria, representative for the City of San Diego’s Third District, will honor our students as the keynote speaker. “As a proud member of the Filipino-American community, I’m honored to join the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program to recognize the accomplishments of our local Filipino/a students,” said Councilmember Gloria. “High school graduation is the start of a long journey toward self-discovery, and this organization works tirelessly to integrate cultural identity with academics to encourage the success of these students.”

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. Check out last year’s HS FilGrad at: https://youtu.be/yVGDwKD019w. Students can download and print the attached application or access the online form at the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/1E647aFI3d

For questions, comments, or inquiries regarding school visits please email us with the subject line “HS FilGrad 2015” to 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.

Operation Samahan, the fiscal receiver of KAMP, is a federally qualified community health center that emerged within the Filipino community over the last forty years. The agency serves low-income families and individuals in the County of San Diego in two strategic areas with a high-density population of Filipinos/Asian and other low-income, uninsured individuals — National City and Mira Mesa (North Central San Diego).

Contact: Lily Prijoles, HS FilGrad Committee 2015

Email: kampsd@gmail.com

Donate!

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Things are picking up for KAMP and HS FilGrad as you can see from our instagram.

So we’d like to announce if you want to support us and the students for this year’s FilGrad, our donations page is open and our PayPal is live. Any amount of money would be greatly appreciated and would 100% go to funding this event. Upon receiving a donation we will forward our tax ID to you privately via email.

If you have any questions feel free to contact KAMPSD [at] gmail.com

Thanks & Good Night,

– EM