Honoring the Class of 2018 at the 9th Annual High School Filipina/x/o Graduation of San Diego

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2018

San Diego, CA – The Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP) is hosting its 9th High School Filipina/x/o Graduation of San Diego (HS FilGrad). The celebration will take place on Saturday, June 2 at the Logan Heights Branch Library.

HS FilGrad is an event that recognizes the achievements of all San Diego high school Filipina/x/o graduating seniors. Class of 2018 graduates interested in participating may find our registration page here:

https://tinyurl.com/filgrad2018registration

".. FilGrad was such an amazing experience for me because I actually felt appreciated for my accomplishments in high school from others… Thank you KAMP and FilGrad for this wonderful experience."
Mariel Velicaria
2015 FilGrad Participant

We are extremely excited to be entering our 9th year of HS FilGrad. It is always such an honor to recognize these talented students and to send them off into the next phase of their lives with a commencement ceremony done Filipina/x/o style!

We thank the San Diego community for their ever-present support in this event.

If you would like to help celebrate our students by making a donation, you may find our donation form here: https://tinyurl.com/donatefilgrad2018If you would like to volunteer and/or invite us to make an informational presentation about the event, please contact us at kampsd@gmail.com.

KAMP is fiscally sponsored by Asian Pacific Islander Community Actions (APICA).

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Contact:
Heidi Dotimas
HS FilGrad Committee 2018

Email:
kampsd[@]gmail[.]com

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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

Donate!

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Things are picking up for KAMP and HS FilGrad as you can see from our instagram.

So we’d like to announce if you want to support us and the students for this year’s FilGrad, our donations page is open and our PayPal is live. Any amount of money would be greatly appreciated and would 100% go to funding this event. Upon receiving a donation we will forward our tax ID to you privately via email.

If you have any questions feel free to contact KAMPSD [at] gmail.com

Thanks & Good Night,

– EM

Are you ready for KAMP’s 6th Annual High School FilGrad?

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It’s hard to believe, but also amazing that we as KAMP are starting to get working on the 6th Annual High School FilGradIt will take place on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 2pm at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park.

Every year we create memories and experiences for youth around the county that closes their high school chapter before they go off into new endeavors. So what does that mean for you?

There’s honestly no program without the students in our community.

Just fill out this application! Make sure to get it back to us completed by May 11, 2014. Please note that a refundable $10 Deposit is required to process your application. You can either email us the application (kampsd [at] gmail.com) and send in your deposit through our paypal page. Just be sure to make a note that it is your FilGrad deposit. Or you can mail in the completed application to HSFilGrad at 2852 Main Street, San Diego, CA 92113 with a check made out to KAMP-KCS. 

Please note that failure to show up on the day of the graduation results in forfeit of the application deposit. If you have concerns or any questions please contact us below: kampsd [at] gmail.com or tweet us at @kamp_sd and we’ll get back to you. 

Maraming Salamat! Thank you very much!