Educational Dialogue: “Power”


WHEN: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
WHERE: Ansir Innovation Center, 4685 Convoy St Suite 210, San Diego, CA 92111

The Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP) invites you to their March educational dialogue focused on the idea and meaning of power. Light refreshments will be provided starting at 7pm.

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.

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KAMP Grows With Root 54


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



UCSD High School Conference 2015

ucsd hsc 2015

Earlier this year the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program held a workshop at Kaibigang Pilipin@’s high school conference that was held at UCSD. The workshop was about finding your identity and sense of home as a Filipin@ American. KAMP connected this workshop to help current high school seniors to find a pathway to transition their identity and sense of home to their lives in college. (Featuring Ate Kim Paule, Kuya John Camero, Kuya Marc Pescadera, Kuya Averill Labrador)

-Kuya Averill Labrador

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!

RECAP: “Where Is Home?” Educational Dialogue


By Kuya Andrew Amorao

In celebration of Filipin@ American History Month, KAMP hosted its October educational dialogue at the headquarters of the United Domestic Workers of America (UDW). About thirty community members, students, and professionals participated and explored the question, “Where is home?” Thanks to UDW’s sponsorship, participants were also treated to a dinner of Filipin@ dishes from Filipino Food and Bakery (2852 Main Street).

This was one of the most challenging educational dialogues we have prepared and hosted. What we define as home is different for each person and we found it difficult to separate questions of home from issues of immigration and identity. The planning group came to the conclusion that our idea of home is complex, especially for so many immigrants who may feel like they don’t belong in either the places they originally come from or where they currently reside.

Participants at the educational dialogue embraced this topic and the exploration into who they are and how they define home. The dialogue culminated into a community poem in which each group member completed the sentence, “Home is…” The groups then walked around and read the other groups’ poems written on post it papers arranged on the floor and chose one to read that resonated with them. One of the most impactful sentences came from a sixteen-year-old participant who wrote, “Home is where you take a stand.” We ended the night by encouraging everyone to continue the dialogue about the meaning and significance of what home is in his or her respective community spaces.

We hope you can join us at KAMP’s next educational dialogue as we partner with the San Diego Public Central Library for a film screening of the documentary “Fall of the I-Hotel,” on Tuesday, November 18th at 6:00pm in the main auditorium.