So, a lot happened since our last post three months ago. To give you an idea…
Here are a few of the events we’ve had for our amazing staff and mentors:
- We hosted a fun-filled Brown Carabao Gift Exchange in December! Highlights include eating Porto’s pastries courtesy of Ate Jhea, seeing former KAMPers like Kuya Jon, Kuya Brandon and Ate Gail, and setting a new record for gift steals.
- We held an incredible Staff & Mentor Winter Retreat in January! See our last reflection post about retreat, written by Ate Michelle.
- Our research team celebrated their first year working together at an escape room, and they solved it with 38 seconds to spare!
Here’s some of what we’ve done with our wonderful, dedicated community partners:
- We moved to a different server this month! We’re so grateful for our new home on the internet. Many thanks to Kuya Sev and Kuya Ray for their generosity.
- We attended Asian Solidarity Collective’s (ASC) first event: Solidarity Get Down! ASC is a new grassroots organization in San Diego whose mission is to activate Asian American social justice consciousness, identify intersectional affiliations, condemn anti-Blackness, and build Asian solidarity with Black folks and other communities of color. Stay posted for updates about our exciting new partnership with ASC!
Here are our reluctant updates about PQ Village:
- We’re heartbroken, and we’re angry.
- Earlier this month, San Diego City Council approved the Pacific Village redevelopment proposal with a vote of 8-to-1. Even if they hadn’t, though, policy-driven circumstances had made it so the redevelopment was a shoe-in. What happened with PQ Village is a glaring example of statements like, “The system wasn’t built for us.”
- For now, we are keeping our ears to the ground for updates. Organizer-friends who are closer to the residents may be sharing call-outs soon, for volunteers to help with packing and moving.
And last but not least, here are our updates about what we’ve done and been working on for our students:
- We had awesome classroom visits at Sweetwater High School and Mt. Carmel High School (y’all are so on point)!
- We facilitated a workshop at UC San Diego Kaibigang Pilipinx’s high school conference!
- And we’ve have officially begun working on FilGrad 2018!!! That’s right. It’s happening.
On that note, if you’re down to help us make FilGrad happen, we’d love to have you join one of our committees! Email us at kampsd[@]gmail[.]com, and we’ll link you up.
The biggest take away from KAMP’s winter retreat was the reminder to be mindful of the different ways people process both information and emotions.
The weekend’s activities lended themselves to be individually reflective and active collaboratively, allowing for the different transfers of ideas and ways to ground oneself both in the moment and in our work ahead.
We were able to learn about KAMP history in a fun “Game of Life” created by Kuya Marc and Ate Kim, and discuss our past and present educational experiences through a Pedagogy/Theater of the Oppressed workshop facilitated by Ate Heidi.
Overall the retreat was a great way to practice the community building with each other, that we will continue to foster and strengthen in the larger San Diego Fil-Am community.
— Ate Michelle
Thank you ALL for being a part of our 10th Birthday Jam, both in person and in spirit! It was an outpouring of love. We have so much gratitude for our communities, our past, present, and future mentors, and our youth… we are here!
Video shot and edited by Alfredo Leano
From September 10 to September 11, the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program held its annual summer retreat at the Alliance San Diego offices. Our theme this year was: KAMP, EVOLVE! While honestly somewhat in honor of KAMPers newfound love of Pokemon Go, the theme was also to call attention to the growth and change KAMP is going through this year as we develop a whole gang of 10 new mentors and make decisive moves towards acquiring nonprofit status. From our pedagogy and Paulo Freire workshops to a community educators panel to our live action version of Pokemon Go, it was an awesome two days of sharing, searching, and setting the groundwork for an exciting new year!
On November 21st, KAMP presented at USD’s Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization’s (FUSO) annual conference. The 5th Annual Ugnayan Conference had as its goal the deconstruction of the “Me vs. You” mentality that perpetuates systems of oppression and the building of solidarity and alliances.
The title of KAMP’s workshop was “Can We Talk?” and focused on building dialogue across generations, especially within families. Using clips from the emotional documentary Silent Sacrifices about Filipino families in San Diego in the 1990s, the Ates and Kuyas facilitated a conversation about why misunderstandings arise in families and how to build productive dialogue.
On December 8th at Filipino Food and Bakery, KAMP collaborated with AnakBayan San Diego (ABSD), and San Diego 350 to present an event commemorating the second anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan as part of Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network’s National Day of Remembrance.
ABSD members Ryth and Megan shared about their exposure trip this summer to the Philippines to work with communities most affected by the typhoon. The night also included performances by local artists as well as candlelight vigil. The night highlighted the larger connections between global climate change, social justice, and government corruption. Funds were raised to donate to the National Alliance of Filipino Concerns and their people-to-people efforts for rehabilitation and rebuilding.
Over Halloween weekend, KAMP’s Executive Director Ate Amanda along with Kuya Sev and Ate Romyn attended the Filipino American Educators Association Conference (FAEAC) in Sacramento.
The theme of this year’s conference was “Learning Our Past, Teaching Our Future,” and it focused on the 50th anniversary of the Delano Grape Strike as well as current efforts to institute a state-wide Ethnic Studies curriculum in K-12 public education.
Ate Amanda opened the conference on Saturday morning by sharing about KAMP’s pedagogy. Primarily touching on Paulo Freire’s theories of dialogue and problem-posing education, the session explored the challenges of creating spaces for productive exchange between students and teachers, empowering students in their own learning, and bringing ethnic studies analyses of race, class, gender and other issues of social difference into secondary education. The talk was very well-received and KAMP is excited to have been part of this year’s FAEAC.