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.
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.”
Give In May is an opportunity for our communities to come together in the face of crisis and use the power of generosity to generate hope and healing. More than ever, especially in this pandemic, we are ensuring that our members can access community care through holistic leadership development programming that includes culturally relevant, social-emotional, and academic support. The guidance, political education, and leadership opportunities that youth receive now determine how our communities will rise up from this moment and beyond.
Khmer Girls in Action Featured in National Museum of American History Series by the Smithsonian Institution
Without a doubt, youth have shaped the course of history and fought fiercely for our democracy. Southeast Asian youth in Long Beach have empowered those with deep-rooted fear and trauma with the government to participate in civic engagement and turn out in elections.
The California Voter’s Choice Act brings 11 days of voting starting this weekend, Saturday, February 22nd through election day on Tuesday, March 3rd! This new model makes voting accessible for everyday people to vote on weekends and have access to translated materials in 13 languages! Our vote is our power! Visit www.lavote.net for more information.
Thursday, February 27th- Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 is a big year to connect, educate and mobilize our communities to vote! Our Integrated Voter Engagement Program is seeking volunteers to phone bank this week and for our summer and fall field campaigns.
Bi-lingual speakers in Khmer and Spanish and those with experience in canvassing are strongly encouraged tosign up and volunteer!
Every Monday & Wednesday 3:30- 5:30 PM
Our LIFE Program is seeking tutors from March through May. If you have experience working with high school students and/ or excel in the subject areas of Math, English and Science, consider volunteering today! Sign Up to Volunteer.
One of our favorite times in the year is gathering our community together to support and celebrate youth power, culture, and talent!
This summer, we invite you to our 13th Annual Yellow Lounge: WeLBC- which is all about showing the young people in our lives that WeLove, Believe, and Care about their well-being and future!
Through storytelling, art, and performances learn how youth leaders are fighting for our future and empowering our City to establish the first- ever Fund for Long Beach Children and Youth & so much more!