Daylight Saving Updates!

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.

–Ate Moe

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

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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!