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KGA Welcomes 2 New Staff!

KGA is excited to bring on 2 new staff members: Sheila Sy, Economic Justice Director, and former volunteer and intern- now Young Men’s Empowerment Program coordinator, Johnny Rodriguez!

Sheila Sy, Economic Justice Director

Sheila (pronounced Shilla) is a daughter of Long Beach’s Cambodian community. Her commitment to building power in low-income communities of color led Sheila to direct the Khmer Outreach Retention and Education (KORE) program at UCLA, attain a master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA, engage in research on regional equity, support capacity building of homeless service agencies, and serve South Central LA through facilitating community control of land and housing before returning to Long Beach to serve at KGA. Her philosophy on economic justice can be summarized by this quote from (old) Kanye West: “Having money’s not everything, not having it is”. As Economic Justice Director, Sheila supports fundraising, as well as campaigns and programs that achieve economic empowerment. She envisions a future where all young people have access to opportunity and a cooperative economy that meets the needs of people of color and that facilitates investment in one’s self, community, and future.

 

Johnny Rodriguez, Program Coordinator

Johnny is a third-generation Chicano/Mexican-American. His family’s ancestry traces back to Texas long before it became part of the United States. During a large wave of migration, his family moved to California to work in the agricultural industry as farm workers. Johnny has long history of community organizing, from organizing the LGBTQ community in the San Francisco/Daly City area to indigenous people’s struggles in California and the Philippines. He first came to Khmer Girls in Action as a volunteer in 2012 where he helped develop the Young Men’s Empowerment Program (YMEP), which created a much-needed space for young Southeast Asian men to participate in movement building and in 2017 he returned as the program coordinator. During his time with KGA he has participated in statewide efforts to increase opportunities for boys and men of color. Johnny is currently working towards a Master’s in Social Work at CSULB with an emphasis on children, adolescence and gender issues and is looking forward to continuing to build the leadership of young people, so they can create positive change in their communities.

 

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.