KAMP Seeks New Executive Director

The Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (or KAMP) seeks an excellent candidate to serve as Executive Director for a two-year term to begin July 1, 2017. If chosen, the candidate will serve as KAMP’s second Executive Director in its history and be pivotal in continuing the organization’s growth and development.

To see the full call for applications and instructions for submission, go to: http://bit.ly/2pI1otd

Applications are due July 1, 2017.



But what does it really mean? Is it a pseudonym for your local college DJ? Is it the person who created cerebro? Why has it replaced the “a” or “o” that usually came at the end of Filipin-?

Genearlly, to use “x” means to be inclusive of other gender expressions beyond the masculine/feminine binary. Though this ED does not just specifically focus on gender/sexuality, we will consider the general complexity of identity and how it shapes (or doesn’t) our politics. How and why do we identify (or people identify us) as Filipino or FIlipina or Filipinx? What does that identity mean to us? What does claiming that identity mean for the political positions we take and the activism we engage in? How do we form community with other folks who may be at different places in their understanding of their racial, gendered, sexual, and national identities?

Join us for this month’s educational dialogue at the University of San Diego in Serra Hall, room 215 on Wednesday, April 26th at 7:30 p.m. as we explore how our identities intersect with Filipinx/Filpinx American struggles, rights, and accomplishments.

Parking is free and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please visit our Facebook Event here and visit kampsd.org or you could contact us at kampsd@gmail.com.


Amanda Solomon AmoraoThis past month KAMP has been had at work forming new alliances with some awesome groups that are also invested in transformative education and the pursuit of social justice. We were honored to have members of the new local chapter of API for Black Lives come to one of our meetings and discuss how we can collaborate on events to combat anti-black racism in San Diego’s Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. KAMP has also been invited to join the newly formed Social Justice Advisory Committee at Lincoln High School, which has as one of its goals the re-establishment of a Center for Social Justice on campus. KAMP recognizes the importance of cross-racial solidarity and working with allies to combat the divisiveness and intolerance of our current moment. Come join our efforts!

Amanda Solomon Amorao, PhD
Associate Director, UCSD’s Culture, Art, &Technology Program
Executive Director, Kuya Ate Mentorship Program



Pilipino Flag: Symbolism, Struggles & Liberation

We will be exploring how the Philippine flag changed over time, its symbols and its stories of struggles and liberation. In this safe space, fellow community members will additionally have the opportunity to share a time they experienced a personal struggle and liberation.

The dialogue will take place at USD on March 22nd from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 102 (Executive classroom). Parking is free after 7 pm but be sure to avoid “reserved 24/7” spots!

This dialogue is open to the public, so make sure to invite your friends, family, and anyone else that’s down for open dialogues!

Mount Carmel High School & Westview High School: The Lollipop Moment

By Ate Kim Paule

Last Friday, KAMP Kuyas and Ates went to do our monthly visits at Mount Carmel and Westview High school. Our lesson plan that day emphasized on a lollipop moment. The day was filled with fruitful conversations on the “little moments” in our lives that make huge impacts.


For example, one student shared her “little moment” that she had with her younger cousin who was not able to speak verbally until she started spending time with her. This student stated that her own personality is loud, joyful and loves to sing and believes that this sparked inspiration in her younger cousin to use her own voice herself. Though her actions were simple, like spending quality time with her younger cousin, this made a huge impact in her younger cousin’s life. Without even knowing it, this student became a leader for her cousin.

So what is your “lollipop moment”? Please share in our comment box below. And in the words of Drew Dudley, if you haven’t had your lollipop moment, “You’re just one of the people who hasn’t been told”.

“Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate. It is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, and not our darkness that frightens us.”
— Marianne Williamson


By Kuya Eddie Bernardo

We “hopped” aboard the Mentor Ship at SDSU and fellow KAMPers and community members had the opportunity to get to know one another and listen to each other’s perspectives. We discussed the differences between traditional mentorship (mentor-mentee) and with other unconventional forms of mentorship (peer mentors, mentoring on the run, etc.). It was a wonderful experience sharing our individual backgrounds of mentorship so that we could come together to develop a more well rounded idea of how to mentor.

KAMP Honored by CA Commission on APIA Affairs

On Monday, September 26, the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program was honored at the Mission Valley Library by the California Commission on Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs for our work in the community. This recognition is given to community based organizations who have demonstrated continued excellence and commitment to the advancement of the social, economic, health, education, and political advancement of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the state of California. KAMP was one of the select few to be recognized during the commission hearings, which are held throughout the state.