Executive Director’s Message: Celebrating Ends and Beginnings

For the past seven months, an ad hoc committee has been working hard on exploring and proposing a new governing structure for KAMP. The committee members, April Baluyot, Alfredo Leano, Erwin Mendoza, and Sev Reyes, have taken the time and energy to debate potential organizational structures, draft position descriptions, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the organization, and vet applications for leadership positions. I am grateful for all of their work and proud to announce that on September 1st, three new KAMP Co-Directors will take over leadership of the organization.

Moe Abugan will become Organizational Director, primarily responsible for KAMP operations and finances. Moe joined KAMP two years ago to fulfill internship hours for her graduate program in leadership studies. She has already done so much to streamline KAMP operations and, more importantly, to make KAMP an even more powerful space of healing, family, and possibility. In making official Moe’s appointment as Organizational Director, the committee knows she will not only continue to foster professionalism in the organization but also compassion and care.

Marc Pescadera will take on the role of Program Director. Marc has been an integral part of KAMP since almost its beginning and truly embodies KAMP’s mission, vision, and goals. Every day in small and big ways Marc makes himself available to our ates and kuyas as “a mentor of mentors” and his institutional memory will ensure that KAMP will stay true to its roots even as it grows and progresses under this new leadership structure.

DJ Anciete will become Mentorship Director. Though he may only have recently joined KAMP, it is not hyperbole to say that he embodies everything meaningful and worthwhile about this program. Classroom teaching is the heart of KAMP’s purpose and identity, and there is no better person to entrust with KAMP’s heart than DJ. He has the strength to keep it beating, the knowledge and dedication to make it grow bigger, and the kindness to ensure that it is always tender and welcoming.

During these past six years as KAMP’s Executive Director, I have been honored to work with such amazing ates and kuyas to build knowledge and empower our community. This space has become home and these mentors have become my family. I grew as a pinay, an educator, a scholar, and a mother. Thank you for embodying the values of faith, hope, love, trust, humility, and critical thinking that Freire demands are necessary for liberation. I am more free to imagine a different world because of KAMP’s presence and heart.

Amanda Solomon Amorao
Executive Director: Amanda Solomon Amorao

KAMP Grows With Root 54

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On March 1, 2015, the Root 54 Giving Circle honored KAMP once again this year with a $2000 grant. We are so proud to have been chosen by this amazing group of people dedicated to our community! Root 54’s name is a play off of the idea of always cultivating the connection to our heritage (our roots) while still moving forward into the future as if we were driving down the Filipino American Highway (Route 54). It is San Diego’s first giving circle under the direction of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP). Root 54 awarded KAMP as well as Kalusugan Community Services, COPAO’s CEPA NET, and the Emerging Leaders Institute at a small ceremony at Filipino Food and Bakery. It was humbling to be recognized alongside these amazing organizations and partners in the community. KAMP will use the money to continue building our program at our schools as well as further develop our recruitment, training, and orientation system for incoming mentors. Thank you Root 54 for helping us to grow!

P.S. Please feel free to check out our Root 54 grant application video, written and directed by our very own Kuya Sean Tangco and featuring our amazing volunteers. They all did an amazing job!

Ate Amanda Solomon-Amorao

 

Educational Dialogue: “Fall of The I-Hotel” Screening

one book i-hotel_001One Book, One San Diego program of the San Diego Public Library and the Social Justice Media Literacy initiative are partnering up to present a film screening of the documentary “The Fall of the I-Hotel” followed by a community dialogue facilitated by KAMP on Tuesday, November 18th at 6:00pm in the main auditorium of the San Diego Public Central Library. Please join us!

KAMP Honored by Professor Glenn Omatsu and USD Ethnic Studies

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By Ate Amanda Solomon-Amorao

On Wednesday October 8, 2014 at the University of San Diego, the Kuya Ate Mentorship

Program was awarded $1000 and recognized by the USD Department of Ethnic Studies and

Professor Glenn Omatsu for our work in creating dynamic educational spaces in our community.

Once a year, the Department of Ethnic Studies hosts their annual Labovitz-Perez Lecture series

that features a renowned scholar, practitioner, theorists, and social action researcher who has

made major contributions to the field of Ethnic Studies. This year the department invited

Professor Glenn Omatsu from California State Northridge who has made critical contributions in

Asian American Studies and Service Learning work in Higher Education to speak. Professor

Omatsu delivered a lecture entitled, “The Essential Role of Community Engagement in Ethnic

Studies Pedagogy.” Rather than accept the traditional scholarly honorarium for his lecture,

however, Professor Omatsu asked the Department of Ethnic Studies to donate the funds to

organizations that embodied the themes of his talk. KAMP was humbled to receive the award

alongside the Trash Talkers Collective, a grassroots group of youth activists who organize

around issues of environmental justice. While Professor Omatsu’s talk in the evening was both

inspiring and challenging, KAMP was also able to host a brunch in the morning at Filipino Food

and Bakery, introducing Professor Omatsu to our kuyas, ates, and allies in the community.

KAMP sincerely appreciates the Department of Ethnic Studies and Professor Omatsu’s

recognition of our work. It is humbling to be recognized by a pioneer in the field of Asian

American Studies and activism.

KAMP’s Open House: Discussion or Dialogue?

KAMP_ED_0914To kick off the new school year, the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program will be hosting an open house to to re/introduce folks to KAMP’s mission, values, and work we do. The theme this year focuses on the distinction between discussion and dialogue, a distinction that is the very foundation upon which KAMP was built.

What is the difference between discussion and dialogue?
Why is it important to consider that difference?
What attitudes and values are pivotal to holding a successful and empowering discussion or dialogue?

All are invited to come and explore these questions with us.

Light refreshments will be provided at 7pm with the program promptly beginning at 7:30pm. We respectfully ask that you do not park in the Ansir Innovation parking lot, but on either Engineer Rd. or Brinell St.

We hope you can join us for an evening of community building, resource sharing, and strengthening of relationships!

Let us know you’re coming by RSVP’ing on the facebook event!

For more information, please contact us at kampsd@gmail.com