KAMP @ SUHI Conference!


On April 18th, five of our mentors went to Sweetwater High School for their district’s high school conference. At the event, the objective was two-fold. First, initiate a discussion about “power” with the students who chose to participate in KAMP’s workshop. Second,  recruit students to participate in the 7th Annual High School Filipino Graduation (HS FilGrad).

The power workshop seemed to be a new topic of conversation for the students, probably because talking about the power dynamics that pattern society is uncommon in many public and educational spaces. Nevertheless, mentors conversed with students about the nuances of power like how power is held differently between teachers and students in relation to the production of knowledge. By the end of the workshop, mentors found themselves limited on time and felt the need for another opportunity to further explore the topic of power with the youth. Hopefully, in the future,  KAMP can increase its capacity to teach in more schools in the Sweetwater Unified School District.
After the workshop KAMP mentors set up a table outside the gymnasium where students listened to more speakers and were awarded for their academic excellence. As the conference broke for lunch, the graduating seniors could be seen modeling their beautiful Philippine-styled stoles that foreshadowed their graduation to come. The mentors recruited six seniors who applied for this year’s FilGrad and more are expected to sign up when KAMP teachers in their classrooms on April 30th. All in all, the high school conference seemed to be a success and KAMP mentors felt in their place amongst the hundreds of Filipino and Filipina students in the crowd.
-Kuya Sean

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

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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

ABSD & KAMP’s Mic Check! Typhoon Relief Fundraiser

WHEN: December 14, 6-9 PM
WHERE: Filipino Food & Bakery, 2852 Main St.

The one year anniversary of typhoon Haiyan has just passed and yet another life threatening typhoon is hitting the same area. Anakbayan San Diego (ABSD) and the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP) invite you to an open mic with DJ Olibata of Elevated Masses supporting the struggles of our people who are still suffering from the effects of Haiyan, Hagupit, and other natural disasters.

There will be a $5-$20 sliding scale suggested donation at the door, although no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. All proceeds will benefit the Natioinal Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) Typhoon Relief Program.

NAFCON is a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality.

If you have any questions or want to know more about ABSD or KAMP, please visit our websites below.




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