To start off the new year, KAMP held their annual winter retreat from Friday, January 9th to Sunday, January 11th in gorgeous Oceanside. The weekend consisted of a myriad of exercises that dealt with lesson plan development, self-reflection, and sharing of knowledge. As one of the newest members of KAMP, I saw first hand how exciting and informative the activities were throughout the weekend. From creating a timeline of the history of the Philippines to practicing future lessons plans, KAMP’s winter retreat was a weekend full of laughs, learning, and a brighter future for the San Diego FilAm community.
-Kuya Averill Labrador
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
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
On December 14 at Filipino Food and Bakery, KAMP and AnakBayan San Diego (ABSD) teamed up to present Mic Chek, an open mic fundraiser calling attention to the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan’s landfall that coincided with Typhoon Hagupit hitting the region. Hosted by two of KAMP’s newest and coolest mentors, Ate Sara and Kuya John, the event featured poetry, song, dance, audience-generated haikus, and important updates on efforts at rebuilding and rehabilitation in the areas most affected by Haiyan. ABSD kasamas gave short but very informative presentations on the areas affected by Haiyan as well as the failure of the Aquino administration to provide much needed resources; ABSD, however, also reported on the efforts of the National Alliance of Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and the Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network (KBKN) to empower local organizations to rebuild according to a vision of self-determination and social equity. All proceeds from the evening were directly donated to NAFCON. Together, KAMP and ABSD were able to raise almost $500 in one night. Thank you to everyone who came out!
-Ate Amanda Solomon-Amorao
One 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!