ART CONTEST! Inspire your community to get vaccinated!

Please scroll to the bottom of this page for the link to submit your artwork.
Please read contest guidelines below before submitting your art. 


This Summer KGA is joining the #WeCanDoThis Campaign to let our community know that getting vaccinated is an important way to keep our families and communities healthy and resilient.  The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, free and is now available for everyone in the U.S. ages 12 years old and up! 

The COVID-19 vaccine is proven to be effective in slowing the spread and reducing hospitalizations and deaths due to the virus.  All FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines prevent nearly 100% of hospitalizations and death due to COVID-19.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there have been more than 29 million known cases and over 534,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States, as of March 28, 2021.

Many people who face chronic health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma are more vulnerable as are people who might not have stable housing or who cannot safely quarantine.  Such health conditions are more common in poor communities of color, including our Southeast Asian community. 

According to survey results from the Cambodian Advocacy Collaborative in Long Beach, 1 out of 3 participants who completed a survey reported having “poor to moderate health”.  28% of participants reported having 2 or more health conditions. The top five health conditions reported include: diabetes, arthritis, depression, hypertension, and PTSD.

As an organization whose mission is to develop the leadership of Southeast Asian women and youth, we know that young people play a critical role in informing their families about critical issues that impact our health, lives and future.  

Getting vaccinated is one way to make sure our communities can have more opportunities to stay healthy and thrive so that together we can continue to build a just world free of oppression for all.  



Through sharing art work and your vision for your community, we hope to inspire other young leaders and those who follow us on social media to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to inform their family, friends and community to do the same!

We are looking for art that will inspire and educate Southeast Asian and communities of color who are not yet vaccinated and might need more information to feel confident about getting vaccinated!



  • KGA members
  • KGA alumni (any age)
  • Community members who live in Long Beach or LA County (ages 12-24)

Your artwork must express
 one of the following:

  • What you love about, hope for, and or envision for your SEA / BIPOC community
  • How did you care for or show leadership within your family & community during the pandemic
  • What self-determination means to you, your family, and/ or community
  • One fact you want people to know about the vaccine.
    (using the facts listed on
  • Your experience getting vaccinated 
  • Resilience
  • Community care
  • Community power
  • Healing & intergenerational healing
  • Leadership


Your artwork must include a caption that explains:

  • What your artwork is about and why you chose to create this, and
  • Why is getting vaccinated important to you, your family and or community, and
  • A sentence that uses the phrase “We can do this”



  • Visual Art
    • Ex: Digital art, hand-drawn, collages, paintings, photography
  • Files accepted
    • .png, .jpg
    • We will not be accepting video files at this time


  • By or before 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 1, 2021
  • Be sure your artwork meets the requirements listed above



  • Your artwork is your own original work
  • KGA and #WeCanDoIt Campaign can use and share your artwork to promote COVID-19 vaccination education and outreach during the duration of the art contest and after
  • KGA can include additional information on your caption, or attach an additional slide on social media to help promote COVID-19 vaccination and education, and future work that highlights our work with community members like you
  • If you are under age 18, your parent or guardian agrees to your participation in this contest
  • You have read and understood art contest guidelines and use of your artwork

KGA will announce the winners on August 6th

  • Winners will receive the following:
    • 1st prize: $300
    • 2nd prize: $200
    • 3rd prize: $100

Other Guidelines

  • One submission per person
  • Group submissions that win will be awarded a prize for that submission (not a prize per person who submitted)
  • KGA will use the social media handle you provide to share and amplify your work (please notify us if you do not want us to share your social media handle.  We would refer to you by your first name)

Vaccines are free and available for everyone age 12 and older – regardless of immigration status or health insurance status. You have three ways to find vaccines near you:

  1. Go to
  2. Text your ZIP code to 438829
  3. Call 1-800-232-0233

#WeCanDoThis #LikeALotusWeRise #WeLBC

For more information on the art contest, please write to us at

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Long Beach Youth Freedom Forums

Wednesday, May 19th, 4- 5:45 PM; Online
register at

Brothers, Sons, Selves (BSS) invites you to our Youth Freedom Forum series!
Throughout the month of May, BSS will be hosting 3 virtual youth forums in key regions across Los Angeles County: South Central, Long Beach, and the Eastside.

At the forums we will be convening young people, community members, stakeholders, and organizations from the key regions to discuss and inform our Youth Bill of Rights platform which is anchored by 3 campaign pillars (Decriminalization Now, People’s Education, and Fund Youth Futures) and several demands which range from ending youth arrests in LA County to expanding youth decision-making power.

We will also have performances and testimonies from young people organizing to transform Black and Brown communities. To close the forums, we will rank the demands we want to see enacted in LA County.

Invest in Community Power during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

During this month of May, we hope to bring our community together by being part of the Give In May campaign to raise funds for nonprofits like ours in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. 

Your support will help sustain our work in developing the leadership of Southeast Asian women and youth of color to win racial, gender and economic justice in our Long Beach community and beyond!

Since our first Give in May fundraiser last year, we’ve witnessed an increased need for long-term, structural investments in AAPI organizations working with vulnerable communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, intergenerational poverty, systemic racism and sexism.

Critical to COVID-19-recovery is strengthening the institutions in our AAPI communities that provide mutual aid, culturally-informed care, voter education and mobilization, and develop grassroots leadership to win progressive policies.

Leaders in our organization, just like all youth, play an essential role in our communities. Within this last year, youth leaders outreached to family and community members who may not understand how to navigate COVID-19 prevention and recovery and mobilized families to vote, complete the 2020 Census, and help pass a ballot initiative set to increase structural funding for youth, racial justice and climate resiliency programs in our city.

Youth have always been at the forefront of radical, momentous change. And it is young people who will lead us into a new culture and practice of co-governance. This generation has the tools, solutions, and commitment to determine how we might govern differently as a society. 

With your support we can continue to build and train leaders to co-create and co-govern alongside city leaders to ensure youth and their families have the support and resources they need to overcome challenges and thrive.

When our communities lead and shape budgets and policies, we build a culture of care, we redefine collective safety to optimize opportunities and prevention (not punishment), and we protect a multiracial democracy so that those who are systematically disenfranchised and most impacted by racial capitalism are the ones creating solutions to the systemic barriers we face.

In celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, help KGA reach our fundraising goal and sustain the necessary work ahead!

Here’s how you can support:

Thank you so much for your support in investing in youth and long-term leaders who are ready to build community power today!

Give in May National Fundraiser!

May 1st – May 31st; Online

For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we’re joining Asian Pacific Fund and AAPI Data’s #GiveinMay campaign to raise awareness and funds not just for our own organization, but for many other AAPI nonprofits across the country.

Check out our fundraising page and donate here:


Take Action! Tell Mayor Garcia to Implement the Youth Fund!

Even before the pandemic, leaders of the Long Beach Invest in Youth campaign worked hard to gather budget priorities from residents in all 9 districts. 

Their leadership efforts resulted in the Long Beach Youth & Emerging Adults Strategic Plan and the first Long Beach Youth Fund, which were both approved by the Mayor and City Council Members earlier this year.

Now that their votes are in, we need to hold our local electeds accountable to implement the Long Beach Youth Fund, guided by the priorities of youth leaders and community members who shaped the Strategic Plan!

Join us in sending a letter to Mayor Robert Garcia letting him know that implementing the Youth Fund and Youth Strategic Plan is critical to COVID-19 recovery for our communities!

KGA Denounces Anti-Asian Violence

Statement on Anti-Asian Violence in Atlanta, GA & Across America
March 19, 2021

We are deeply saddened and outraged about the violence that ensued in Georgia this week which resulted in the tragic deaths of 8 people, 6 of whom are Asian women.  The increased assaults on our Asian American communities have escalated during the pandemic because of white supremacist rhetoric “Kung Flu” and “Chinese Virus” which are deeply imbedded in America’s history of stigmatizing and othering BIPOC communities.  Such acts are deemed acceptable when it is repeatedly denied as racially motivated, silenced by the media and not condemned by leaders and institutions.

We urge you to take action by speaking out against these acts of violence, to center the voices of those who are most impacted, and support policies that institutionalize funding and equity for Black, indigenous and people of color communities. Now is the time for individuals and institutions to condemn race-based assaults on elders, women, femme folx, working class and poor people.

It is clear that Asian violence, race and gender- based hate is on the rise.  On the same day the assault took place at Asian-owned businesses in Georgia, 33 Vietnamese community members were separated from their families and deported.  These events are not happening in isolation, but are a part of a pattern of white supremacy to uphold dehumanizing systems of oppression. While these attacks are happening, our communities continue to struggle with school, housing, employment, family separations and are grieving the loss of loved ones.

We must take action and speak out so we can disrupt the violent and traumatizing cycles that uphold white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism and class.

For over two decades our organization has developed the leadership of Southeast Asian women and youth of color and we are no stranger to violence and trauma.  Our very first campaign in the late 90’s addressed the overwhelming instances of sexual harassment that teenaged Southeast Asian women faced from their peers and schools. It has been our mission to center the leadership of young women, so that they can be empowered leaders in the work to dismantle racism, patriarchy, ageism, and classism. Furthermore, our families have had to survive through many forms of violence from the genocide in our homeland, to the war waged on poor people who live in systemically under-resourced but over-policed neighborhoods.

Our communities deserve to live with dignity. We deserve to live in an environment free from any form of violence to our bodies, minds and spirits- most especially during a global health crisis, when each of our health is connected to and impacts our collective recovery.

Centering community care in this moment means uplifting those most impacted, speaking out against these injustices and to be part of the solution that roots out systemic oppression and breaks cycles of violence, intergenerational trauma and poverty. 


Our collective actions are bigger than fear, hate and division.  We deserve to determine our lives, communities, and future!  Here are some immediate ways to take action and be part of the solution:

Donate to organizations working on the ground in Atlanta, Georgia & sign-on to support their community demands:

Asian American Advancing Justice- Atlanta: 

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum- Atlanta:

Donate to support victims, their families as well as AAPI organizations

Report AAPI hate (available in 11 AAPI languages)


Safety Tips in 11 AAPI Languages

Resource for families Facing Deportation to Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam

Confidential 24/7 helpline for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault accessible in multiple API languages |  1-800- GET-HELP or 1-800-339-3940

LA County guide to information, resources and services including hate/ bullying prevention, mental health support, Covid19 Resources & more |  Dial 2-1-1

Long Beach mental health resources

562-570-INFO or 562-570-4636

Bystander intervention trainings to stop Anti-Asian/ American & xenophobic Harassment:

What is disaggregated data?

Hub for AAPI Data



Defend Ethnic Studies Petition by Arab Resource & Organizing Center

Asian American and Pacific Islander Coalition Helping Achieve Racial and Gender Equity. (2019). Can you see me? School culture and climate for California’s AAPI youth. [Fact sheet] from Southeast Asia Resource Action  Center Retrieved from

Every School Every Community: Funding the Future of Learning by the Partnership for the Future of Learning California

Learn more about the Long Beach Invest in Youth Campaign

Volunteer with Khmer Girls in Action



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Next COVID-19 Surge Calls for Leadership and Action

Khmer Translation

Dear Beloved Community,

We wish you a safe and healthy holiday season. Whether you are a current or older member of KGA, a volunteer or supporter, in this moment we are calling for your leadership and support.

As you know, we are still in a global health crisis and it will soon be nine months since we’ve had to shelter in place.  California is now in its third spike of COVID-19 with a Regional Stay Home Order issued on December 3, 2020, which takes effect “if intensive care unit (ICU) capacity drops below 15% in a region”.  

Currently Southern California, LA County, and Long Beach are considered widespread, high- risk areas, with less than 12% Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity at the county level.  With the rise in cases each day, it is projected that by mid-December there will be a shortage in ICU units.   This means that those who test positive for COVID-19 who need ventilators as well as people in our community who have suffered heart attacks, strokes or other medical complications will have an even harder time accessing intensive care treatment when they need it most.

Spanning November 24th through December 8th, there was a 55% increase of COVID-19 cases with a 70% increase in hospitalizations bringing our state totals up to over 10,000 hospitalizations.  Admission to intensive care units has increased by 68% in this same time frame.  Long Beach has now recorded 19,000 people testing positive for COVID-19 and during this holiday season, as people still gather, the numbers are likely to increase each day.

Intergenerational trauma, high poverty rates and systemic barriers to employment, affordable housing and access to culturally-informed health care are some of the factors that place our community at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.   Our loved ones may need more consistent support in understanding COVID-19 prevention; it might also be difficult to self- quarantine, shelter in place, work from home or know how to take care of our family members who have been affected.

We are reaching out to you to lead and share information and resources to your loved ones.  Every year, youth leaders tell us that KGA is family and a second home.  Your loved ones to us, are also family, the people we represent for and deeply care about.

We cannot stress enough how critical it is to follow health advisories from our city, county and state officials, especially amidst so much misinformation and pressure to re-open public spaces too soon.  Additionally, there may be long-term health complications for those who recover from COVID-19, placing more burden on our families who are already struggling in these challenging times.

Please talk with your friends and family about how to slow the spread of COVID-19, save lives, and support the health and self-determination of our community.

If you or your loved ones would like to share your story, or consider sharing your experience to advocate for equity in our city, please email us at

Remember, you are not alone.  We will get through this in community.  We look forward to the day we can celebrate again together.

Like a Lotus, We Rise!

Lian Cheun
Executive Director


Data and information in this letter, including latest COVID-19 updates can be found at:

To get tested for COVID-19 or request information visit or call:

To learn more about community care, mental health resources and mutual aid visit:

KGA Welcomes New Staff Member!

KGA is excited to welcome Mayta to our team!

Mayta Lor is a second-generation Hmong American, born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, with her bachelor’s degree in History and Southeast Asian Studies and a Certificate in Asian American Studies. Mayta has over ten years of experience working with Asian and Pacific Islander youth and over five years of professional nonprofit experience in grant writing, strategic fundraising, and building key partnerships. She has worked with nonprofit organizations such as LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics), the Little Tokyo Community Council, MAASU (Midwest Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Student Association), and the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent. Mayta is passionate about community empowerment, creating intentional leadership pipelines, and advocating for resources and equal opportunities for marginalized communities and communities of color. She hopes to continue creating a more equitable world in affirming and empowering the experiences, ideas, and leadership of Southeast Asian women and youth of color.

Save the Date: Long Beach Gives is on Thurs. Sept 24th!

Long Beach Gives is a 24-hour, online giving day that provides 150 + Long Beach nonprofits the opportunity to share their stories and build relationships with new donors and the community.

On Thursday, September 24, 2020, Help KGA fundraise and reach our $10K goal!
Join us & #LongBeachGives in celebrating and supporting the critical work of Long Beach nonprofits.

You can donate directly on our LB Gives Page or be a volunteer fundraiser.
Early giving starts on Thursday, Sept 17th!

For additional questions or info, please email with LB Gives Fundraiser in the subject line.

KGA Recognized as a 2020 Non-Profit of the Year

2020 CA Non Profit of the Year

Long Beach, August 20, 2020 – Khmer Girls in Action is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2020 California Nonprofit of the Year by Senator Lena Gonzalez, representing California’s 33rd Senate District!

Khmer Girls in Action (KGA) is one of over a hundred other nonprofits that will be honored by their state senators and assembly members for their tremendous contributions to the communities they serve.

Khmer Girls in Action invests in the leadership of young people to create social change needed in their community. Youth knowledge, power and experiences drive the organizations campaigns and create programs that uplift Southeast Asian women and youth to be community leaders who dismantle systemic oppression and advance gender, racial and economic justice.

Associate Director and founding member, Sophya Chum exclaims, “On behalf of our members, alumni, board & staff, Khmer Girls in Action would like to thank Senator Lena Gonzalez for this recognition! It is an honor to continue to work alongside leaders who advocate for the health and well-being of women, youth and our communities.”

Link to full Press Release