Celebrating 10 Years of the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program

For Immediate Release: September 6, 2017

Celebrating 10 Years of the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program

San Diego, CA – The Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP) will be celebrating its 10th year of empowering San Diego Filipino American youth in exploring their history, culture, and identity. KAMP’s 10th Birthday Jam will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 5pm to 8pm at the Community Hall of the United Domestic Workers of America AFSCME Local 3930.

In 2007, KAMP informally started as a group of college students and recent graduates who shared a common vision: to forge relationships with Filipinx American youth in San Diego County and build critical knowledge about their identities, history, and culture. KAMP’s founders hosted sala talks (open living room discussions) and realized that many youth lacked basic knowledge of Filipinx American Studies. KAMP grew when it began to partner with local Filipino language teachers and visit their classrooms. At its height, KAMP served 200 students annually at six different high schools and middle schools throughout San Diego County. Not only does KAMP create dynamic learning spaces in classrooms, but it also offers educational workshops for the general community and other Filipino American organizations.

KAMP’s 10th Birthday Jam will honor the many mentors – from its founders, former and current volunteers, partner teachers, and students – who have made these past ten years possible. The evening will feature a keynote address by Dr. Jason Magabo Perez, the author of two hybrid collections of poems, fictions and essays, a chapbook, and a full-length debut book, This is for the mostless (WordTech Editions, 2017). Youth hip hop crew Cypher State will also perform.

For tickets and sponsorship information, please visit www.tinyurl.com/KAMP10tix.

Contact: kampsd@gmail.com

KAMP’s mission is to foster an educational program in and out of the classroom that develops critical thinking skills and primarily focuses on the study of Filipino and Filipino American culture, history and identity in order to pursue social justice.

Asian Pacific Islander Community Actions (APICA), KAMP’s fiscal sponsor, provides a space for grassroots, community member led projects strengthening the lives and stories of Asian Pacific Islander (API) Americans in California.

 

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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 2017 Summer Retreat: The Next 10 Years

When: Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 from 8:30am to 5pm

Where: Alliance San Diego, 4443 30th Street San Diego, CA 92116

Come join us for our 2017 Summer Retreat! This is our time to get to know each other better, sharpen our skills as mentors, revisit KAMP pedagogy, and plan for the coming academic year. This retreat is also a perfect time to reflect on the past 10 years – on all that KAMP has accomplished and wants to accomplish as it continues to grow as an organization. Come and be a part of the next chapter of KAMP’s story!

Facebook Event Page: https://tinyurl.com/KAMPSummerRetreat2017

Summer Retreat Registration: https://tinyurl.com/KAMPTheNextTenYears

KAMP at the Militarism & Migration Conference

By Ate Amanda Solomon Amorao

On Friday, April 21, KAMP tabled during the community hour on the first night of the Militarism and Migration Conference sponsored by UC San Diego and hosted at the East African Community and Cultural Center in City Heights.

The Conference included workshops, panels, discussions, film showings, art exhibits, performances, and presentations exploring the connection between militarism and migration within the urgent context of ongoing transnational struggles. The themes of the conference deeply related to KAMP’s mission and work – to help our students understand the forces shaping Filipinx immigration to the U.S. and what it means to identify as Filipinx American. The conference attempted to bridge the gap between academia and community, and KAMP was honored to be part of that effort.

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A Review: HALO HALO

By Kuya Marc Pescadera

I came to the Halo Halo show at Lyceum with no expectations at all. I just knew it was a play with several stories and somehow the Filipino American National HIstorical Society (FANHS) was attached to it.

As I watched, I fell in love with so much of it. I was struck with awe in how much effort was put into this. They showed us historical stories I learned in Filipino Studies 16 years ago; they kept it entertaining with the colorful characters; they wove together stories of LGBTQ (Jhiggs), the undocumented, Navy, domestic violence , suicide, gangs, and dance.

But what kept me so intently glued to the stage was how it was unique to Filipino Americans in San Diego. There were numerous times where I saw myself in those stories or next to that person in the story. I was surprised that I saw so many familiar friends, colleagues, mentors, and kasamas portrayed on that stage. I appreciated the contributors’ willingness to let us peer deeper into a window of their lives.

I left the show with so much gratitude for the Filipino American community in San Diego. I also had a forlorn walk away from the theatre knowing that experiencing this show was limited. Which is why I believe it’s important for us to continue to support the arts, and to find as many ways to document our own stories.

What’s your story?

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.

APRIL 2017 EDUCATIONAL DIALOGUE

FILIPNX AMERICAN

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.