2015 HS FilGrad Keynote Speaker: Councilman Todd Gloria


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!


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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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



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

Are you ready for KAMP’s 6th Annual High School FilGrad?


It’s hard to believe, but also amazing that we as KAMP are starting to get working on the 6th Annual High School FilGradIt will take place on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 2pm at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park.

Every year we create memories and experiences for youth around the county that closes their high school chapter before they go off into new endeavors. So what does that mean for you?

There’s honestly no program without the students in our community.

Just fill out this application! Make sure to get it back to us completed by May 11, 2014. Please note that a refundable $10 Deposit is required to process your application. You can either email us the application (kampsd [at] gmail.com) and send in your deposit through our paypal page. Just be sure to make a note that it is your FilGrad deposit. Or you can mail in the completed application to HSFilGrad at 2852 Main Street, San Diego, CA 92113 with a check made out to KAMP-KCS. 

Please note that failure to show up on the day of the graduation results in forfeit of the application deposit. If you have concerns or any questions please contact us below: kampsd [at] gmail.com or tweet us at @kamp_sd and we’ll get back to you. 

Maraming Salamat! Thank you very much!