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LONG BEACH! This Survey Impacts OUR FUTURE!

A sustainable and equitable future for all means investing in youth today!  We are surveying Long Beach residents and youth on what programs ad services are most needed for our communities to thrive!

Invest in Youth Survey Flyer FRONT FINAL     Invest in Youth Survey Flyer BACK FINAL

The data that we collect will help shape our Invest in Youth Campaign on equitable budgeting.  Together we can ensure that Long Beach city leaders prioritize investing in young people and stand by a budget that empowers, supports and heals- not harms- our community!

PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY ON OR BEFORE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2017

 

WE ARE HIRING! 2 Opportunities to Work with KGA!

KGA is excited to announce that we are looking to hire two full-time staff onto our team:

Please share this announcement with your network of qualified candidates who are ready to lead and are committed to work towards a safe, healthy, and just world for all!

KGA is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people who identify as lesbian/gay/bisexual/queer/transgender and people with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.

 

APPLY TO OUR 2017- 2018 YOUNG WOMEN’S PROGRAM TODAY!

Khmer Girls in Action is gearing up for another exciting year of organizing and community building! We are now accepting applications for our Young Women’s Empowerment Program (YWEP) for the 2017- 2018 school year!

If you are a Khmer/ Southeast Asian sophomore or freshman who wants to make this school year fun, productive and memorable while building meaningful relationships then apply today!  Complete your application online or turn it in to a KGA youth organizer or staff by Friday, September 15th!

Young Women’s Empowerment Workshop (YWEP) Application

YWEP 2017 FLYER COLOR

For more information please contact:
Maggie Quan – maggie@kgalb.org  | 562.986.9415
1355 Redondo Avenue Suite #9
Long Beach, Ca 90804
www.kgalb.org

KGA is now accepting applications for YWEP & YMEP!

Khmer Girls in Action is gearing up for another exciting year of organizing and community building! We are now accepting applications for our Young Women’s Empowerment Program (YWEP) and Young Men’s Empowerment Program (YMEP)!

If you are a Khmer/ Southeast Asian sophomore or freshman who wants to make this school year fun, productive and memorable while building meaningful relationships then apply today!  Complete your application online or turn it in to a KGA youth organizer or staff by Friday, September 18th!

Applications for the 2015-2016 year are now closed. If you wish to apply for the 2016-2017, please visit this page: http://kgalb.org/2016/08/applications-for-ywep-ymep-2016-2017-open-apply-today/

 

For more information please contact:
Joy Yanga- joy@kgalb.org  | Corleone Ham- corleone@kgalb.org | 562.986.9415
1355 Redondo Avenue Suite #9
Long Beach, Ca 90804
www.kgalb.org

Apply for KGA’s Summer Organizing Institute & Youth Organizing Programs!

KGA is now accepting applications to this Summer’s Summer Organizing Institute (SOI), Youth Organizing Long Beach (YOLB) and Khmer Justice Program (KJP)!  You must be a KGA member to apply.  All applications are due on or before our End of the Year BBQ on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

2015-2016 Youth Organizer Joint Applications

 

Wellness Week: February 23- 27!

2nd Annual Wellness Week 2015This is our 2nd annual Wellness Week and KGA youth organizers will be talking about our campaign victory of securing a school- based health center with teen- only hours at Roosevelt Elementary school!  Set to open in the Fall of 2015, KGA youth organizers will be surveying students asking them what health resources and services should be at the new center to help them stay healthy and feel well.

Wellness Week is an opportunity to connect students to the information, resources and skills to support their physical, emotional, and mental health and is part of KGA’s Youth at the CORE Campaign to establish Wellness Centers at local high schools.

February is also National School Based Health Care Awareness Month and organizations like KGA are highlighting the importance of school- based health centers as a critical component to a student’s academic success.

 

Register to Vote!

Secretary of State - Register to Vote ចុះឈ្មោះបោះឆ្នោត

Registering to vote on- line is easy. Voters will need their California driver’s license or California ID card number, the last four digits of their Social Security number and their date of birth.

Those without a California license of ID can still use the online form to register, but must print out, sign and mail the voter registration form.

The deadline to register is October 20th at 11:59pm PST.

Now accepting 2014 YWEP & YMEP Applications

Khmer Girls in Action is gearing up for another exciting year of organizing and community building. We are now accepting applications for our Young Women’s Empowerment Program (YWEP) and Young Men’s Empowerment Program (YMEP)!

If you are a Khmer/ Southeast Asian sophomore or freshman who wants to make this school year fun, productive and memorable while building meaningful relationships then apply today!*

Young Womyn’s Empowerment Workshop (YWEP) Application

Young Men’s Empowerment Workshop (YMEP) Application

*All applications (paper and online) are due on or before September 19, 2014 at 6pm.

For more information please contact:
Joy Yanga | Seng So
1355 Redondo Avenue Suite #9
Long Beach, Ca 90804
562.986.9415
www.kgalb.org
joy@kgalb.org
seng@kgalb.org

 

Lian Cheun, Executive Director

KGA Executive Director Lian Cheun Appointed to President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs

Washington DC – The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) kicked off Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the U.S. Department of the Interior yesterday, celebrating the community’s contributions to the country.  During the ceremony members of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) were ceremonially sworn in, including Long Beach resident and community leader, Lian Cheun.

As part of the Commission, Lian is charged with working to improve the quality of life for AAPIs through increased participation in and access to federal programs. Commission members will advise the President on innovative ways to engage AAPIs across the country and to improve their health, education, environment, and well-being.

“I am honored and humbled to have been chosen to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission,” said Cheun, “I’m excited to join my fellow commissioners to work to improve the quality of life and opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.”

Cheun is currently the executive director of Khmer Girls In Action (KGA), a community-based organization in Long Beach that develops the leadership of Southeast Asian youth to organize for social change.

With Cheun’s exceptional leadership, KGA has built a team of strong, effective Cambodian leaders whose Long Beach-based collaborations have significantly shifted outcomes for California’s Cambodian youth. Nationally, 37% of Cambodians have less than a 9th grade education; 38% have never obtained a high school diploma; and 14% have a bachelor’s degree. In the last three years, 99% of Long Beach’s Cambodian youth graduating from KGA’s programs received their high school diploma and matriculated to college, including 75% enrolling in four-year universities.

Cheun’s highly-effective leadership has supported KGA in achieving campaign victories impacting policy environments county- and state-wide, as well as nationally. Most recently KGA passed a school district resolution to promote restorative justice programs as alternatives to school discipline policies pushing low-income youth of color out of high school – and secured a language access policy to improve immigrants’ access to city services.

Cheun’s work is absolutely critical for California’s future: Following the genocidal horrors of the brutal reign of the Khmer Rouge, nearly 60% of Cambodian refugees resettled in California; Long Beach became home to the largest population of Cambodians (20,000) outside of Cambodia. A 2005 report found that 62% of this population suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Cheun’s leadership innovatively centers the need for intergenerational healing within this population, prioritizing community-accountable institutional building ensuring its voice and place in multiracial coalitions improving the quality of life for California’s low-income communities of color, while securing partnership with a range of California decision makers.

Now is the perfect time to acknowledge Cheun’s contribution. Policy environments have demonstrated receptiveness to replication through the passage of Long Beach Unified School District’s resolution for restorative justice programs, alongside the Affordable Care Act, which provides funds for school-based health centers, another initiative Cheun and KGA are advancing.

Cheun is a 1.5 generation refugee from Oakland, CA. She has spent over a decade working in low-income communities of color. Lian started out as a youth organizer on the Kids First! Campaign and has since worked for funding for youth programs, fought for educational and health justice, volunteered and trained for numerous GOTV efforts with the Alameda County Labor Council, and most recently fought for workers’ rights regionally and internationally. In 2007, Lian helped Migrant Forum in Asia organize the very first regional, migrant domestic workers’ assembly in Asia.  She was also the former director of the Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) at the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO).

A video of the WHIAAPI Opening Ceremony can be found at http://www.doi.gov/news/video/live.cfm, where community members can watch Cheun sworn into her new position as commissioner.

Khmer Girls In Action will honor Cheun at the organization’s 10th annual Yellow Lounge arts and culture showcase on Saturday, May 17 from 4:00-6:30 p.m. at the Long Beach Schools for Adults, 3701 East Willow St. Long Beach, CA 90815.  More information about the Yellow Lounge event can be found at http://kgalb.org/event/kga-10th-annual-yellow-lounge/