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.
On October 21st, KAMP facilitated an educational discussion entitled “Who/Where Are You?” at San Diego State University that focused on the connections between immigration histories and how one’s sense of identity is formed.
Attendance at the event was awesome as almost 50 students faculty, staff, and community members filled the Student Life and Leadership Center at the Aztec Student Union.
The dialogue began by placing participants into small groups in which they shared with each other about when, how, and why their family first arrived in the United States. Participants were then invited to explore a visual timeline of major events in immigration law and American history to see the context of their family’s immigration. Afterwards, the Kuyas and Ates facilitated a large group discussion and many passionately shared about the necessity of recording their stories since so much of their families’ experiences are left out of the history books.
The night was sponsored by Filipino American Cultural Empowerment @ SDSU (or FACES) and hopefully is the beginning of a long-term collaboration between KAMP and FACES.
KAMP had its annual summer retreat on August 21-23 at a beautiful mountaintop house in Fallbrook. The theme or focus was “KAMPciousness,” how we have come into critical consciousness and how it will be further developed with/in our communities and ourselves. As a first time retreat-goer, it was both an educational and comforting experience.
The weekend largely consisted of learning with each other to breakdown Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed. However, we participated in various team-building activities and ice shavers that allowed us to get creative and have some fun. Additionally, I appreciated moments that we had to actually retreat, step back, reflect, relax, and of course food. I appreciated the food.
Big thanks to all hands that prepared the meals, to those who gave their time, consideration, and funds for such a beautiful space and enlightening weekend. Big thanks to the Kuyas and Ates that I just met, friends and family all the same, for making me feel at home in a city that’s always been home. I am excited to be a part of the wonderful things KAMP has in store this year.
Ate Mich Calimlim