13th Annual Yellow Lounge- We Love, Believe & Care!

Celebrate summer time in the LBC at KGA’s 13th Annual Yellow Lounge on Saturday, August 3, 2019!

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!

SAVE THE DATE & REGISTER TODAY!

Saturday, August 3, 2019
Roosevelt Elementary
1574 Linden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813

Doors Open: 4 PM
Youth Performances: 5 PM- 7 PM
Free Parking on site

Yellow Lounge is a free event with an optional sliding-scale donation!

 

Apply to our Youth Leadership Programs Today!

Khmer Girls in Action is ready for another exciting year of empowering youth, building leadership and community power!  We are now accepting applications to our Young Women’s Empowerment Program and our Young Men’s Empowerment Program!

If you are a Khmer/ Southeast Asian sophomore or freshman who wants to make this school year fun while learning about your identity, culture and social justice then apply today!

Applications are due on Thursday, January 31st!

YOUNG WOMEN’S EMPOWER PROGRAM (YWEP) Application
YOUNG MEN’S EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM (YMEP) Application

We prioritize Southeast Asian freshmen and sophomores who attend Poly, PAAL or Wilson and who live in Central Long Beach or in zip codes: 90806, 90813, and 90804.  However, if you have transportation to and from our office and back to your home, then please apply!

Not sure if you qualify? If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Alisha – alisha@kgalb.org  or Johnny- johnny@kgalb.org
You can also message us on IG @kgalongbeach

Our workshops take place once a week at our office which is located at
1355 Redondo Avenue Suite #9
Long Beach, Ca 90804
562.986.9415 | www.kgalb.org

The Welcoming and Safe Schools for All Model Resolution

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The Welcoming and Safe Schools for All model resolution focuses on expanding “safe haven” schools to include all students impacted by the current climate of fear, hate, and discrimination. It provides commitments for local education agencies to take action in three broad areas to proactively uplift Welcoming and Safe Schools for All Students––Safety and Protection, Supports and Services, and Affirming and Celebrating Diversity.

The model resolution emerged from a successful delegation meeting of youth leaders from organizations affiliated with Youth Organize! California network with State Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s office, organized by the Advancement Project and Movement Strategy Center in May 2017. Since May 2017, an ad hoc committee of youth organizations including Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network, Californians for Justice, RYSE Center, Khmer Girls in Action, Del Norte and Tribal Lands Building Healthy Communities, Resilience Orange County, Dolores Huerta Foundation, and InnerCity Struggle have worked with the Advancement Project and Movement Strategy Center to draft a model resolution on Welcoming and Safe Schools for All.

The resolution highlights the experiences and needs of indigenous, African American, Latinx, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander students, undocumented, immigrant, and refugee students, transgender and LGBTQ students, Muslim and Sikh students, homeless students, English Learner students, foster youth, low-income students, students with special needs, and students impacted by the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

For more info visit https://yocalifornia.org/content/welcoming-safe-schools

 

KGA’s 5th Annual Halloween HOTEL OF HORRORS!

Join us if you dare!! Friday, October 26th from 6 PM- 9PM KGA’s office will be haunting our community as the Hotel of Horrors!

This free, family- friendly event features a haunted maze, interactive photo booth, music, dancing, raffle and resources to inform and get local residents ready to vote on the the November 6th mid-term elections!

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Halloween is a fun and frightful time of year when youth and adults hide behind masks and costumes and trick-or-treat around neighborhoods. Hotel of Horrors hopes to expose what’s really haunting our communities and aims to inspire youth and local residents to vote for the change we want to see in in our city and state!

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Through entertainment and education, attendees will leave frightened but enlightened on the importance of voting and supporting Yes on local measure WW and Yes on Statewide Proposition 10 which impacts women workers and low-income communities of color.

What are you afraid of?
RSVP TODAY!!!

Now Accepting Applications for our Youth Programs!

Khmer Girls in Action is ready for another exciting year of empowering youth, building leadership and community power!  We are now accepting applications to our Young Women’s Empowerment Program and our Young Men’s Empowerment Program!

If you are a Khmer/ Southeast Asian sophomore or freshman who wants to make this school year fun while learning about your identity, culture and social justice then apply today!

Applications are due on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH!!!

YOUNG WOMEN’S EMPOWER PROGRAM (YWEP) Application
YOUNG MEN’S EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM (YMEP) Application

We prioritize Southeast Asian freshmen and sophomores who attend Poly, PAAL or Wilson and who live in Central Long Beach or in zip codes: 90806, 90813, and 90804.  However, if you have transportation to and from our office and back to your home, then please apply!   If you are not Southeast Asian but would still like to be part of KGA, you can also join our school club!  More info on clubs coming soon!

Not sure if you qualify? If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Alisha – alisha@kgalb.org  or Johnny- johnny@kgalb.org
You can also message us on IG @kgalongbeach

Our workshops take place once a week at our office which is located at
1355 Redondo Avenue Suite #9
Long Beach, Ca 90804
562.986.9415 | www.kgalb.org

 

Apply to Our Youth Leadership Programs!!

Khmer Girls in Action is ready for another exciting year of empowering youth, building leadership and community power!  We are now accepting applications to our Young Women’s Empowerment Program and our Young Men’s Empowerment Program!

If you are a Khmer/ Southeast Asian sophomore or freshman who wants to make this school year fun while learning about your identity, culture and social justice then apply today!

Applications are due on Friday, September 14th!

YOUNG WOMEN’S EMPOWER PROGRAM (YWEP) Application
YOUNG MEN’S EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM (YMEP) Application

We prioritize Southeast Asian freshmen and sophomores who attend Poly, PAAL or Wilson and who live in Central Long Beach or in zip codes: 90806, 90813, and 90804.  However, if you have transportation to and from our office and back to your home, then please apply!

Not sure if you qualify? If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Alisha – alisha@kgalb.org  or Johnny- johnny@kgalb.org
You can also message us on IG @kgalongbeach

Our workshops take place once a week at our office which is located at
1355 Redondo Avenue Suite #9
Long Beach, Ca 90804
562.986.9415 | www.kgalb.org

Young People’s Budget Hearing

Join us on Monday, August 6th as leaders of the Long Beach Invest in Youth campaign present the Young People’s Budget Hearing!

Youth Budget Hearing Front
This event features special story-telling performances and interactive art!  Bring your friends, family and community members to learn how we can win a Children & Youth Fund for our city!

Currently, our city spends $170 per youth on positive youth development but an overwhelming $10,500 per youth arrest!

Youth leaders from the Long Beach Invest In Youth Campaign believe our city can do better and that a balanced budget that prioritizes ALL youth is a smart investment!

Our future starts today! Join the movement to #InvestinYouthLB and #STYLELB-– Show the Youth Love Everyday!

FIELD OFFICE
6509 Gundry Ave. Long Beach, CA 90805
4:30 PM- Doors Open, Light Snacks and Refreshments served
5:00 PM- 7:00 PM Program begins

Free, Family- friendly Event
Residential/ Street Parking

www.investinyouthlb.org

12th Annual Yellow Lounge

Join us on Saturday, June 2nd for a an evening of cultural art and talent showcase from our members and guest performers.

Learn more about how to support our Invest in Youth Campaign and stay tuned as we will be premiering something very special! More details coming soon!!!

The Solution to Violence is Social Justice & Human Connection: A National Call to Action from Youth Organizers

As youth organizers rooted in working class and low-income communities of color, we are well acquainted with the pain that is felt when loved ones are lost to violence. Our hearts and solidarity are with the community members of Parkland, FL. We are also excited and inspired by the young people from Marjory Stoneman High School who have chosen to channel their grief and anger into a fight for change. Many of us became activists in direct response to injustices perpetrated against us, our families, and our communities. We too are dissatisfied with the status quo we inherited. We too feel the call to change this society we live in.

Unfortunately violence in America comes in many shapes and forms. Everyday in our communities we see both individual acts of interpersonal harm as well as state violence enacted by police, courts, immigration agents, and even our schools. Regardless of how it is expressed, one thing we know from personal experience is that violence causes pain. It takes people away from us, whether through death, incarceration, or deportation. It destroys families and it traumatizes young people. As we try to make sense of yet another mass shooting, we invite the rest of the country to join us in analyzing root causes and demanding transformative solutions.

We unite with the Parkland youth who have called on the entire country to move beyond thoughts and prayers and move into meaningful action. And we urge those concerned with making progress to think beyond the narrow debate of gun control vs. gun rights. Yes, we do have a gun problem in this country. There are too many of them and they are way too easy to access. We also have a systemic racism problem in this country. Historically, in the aftermath of tragic shootings such as the one in Parkland, the result has been laws that subject us – youth of color- to even more violence. Bringing more police into our schools, putting guns into the hands of our teachers, creating more reasons to lock up black and brown people, these are false solutions that increase the level of harm experienced in our day to day lives. If we truly want to make our society safe for everyone, we need solutions that address systemic injustice, invest in our communities, and rebuild social institutions that center human connection and supportive relationships.

This is why we are calling on policy makers at all levels of government to do the following:

  • INCREASE INVESTMENTS in social, emotional, and mental health supports for all young people.
  • DIVEST from the systems of incarceration and deportation and INVEST in quality public education for all, robust community programs, and universal healthcare.
  • DIVEST from school police and absolutely DO NOT put guns into the hands of our teachers or other school staff.
  • DO NOT feed the jail system by increasing the penalties for illegal gun possession.

To the activists around the country standing up for tighter gun laws, we wish for our movements to be in solidarity with each other. Therefore we ask the following of you:

  • SUPPORT our vision of a safer society that is grounded in expanded democracy, racial justice, and a just economy.
  • DO NOT fight for gun control laws that will bring further harm to communities of color.
  • STAND WITH US to fight back against right wing control of our politics.

Finally, to the world of philanthropy and motivated individual donors, help us resource the movements we need by doing the following:

  • PRIORITIZE GRASSROOTS organizing groups who have a track record of activating youth of color around these issues. We encourage you to support organizations directly and through collective funds such as the Youth For Safety and Justice Fund.
  • Make LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS in our organizations so that we can sustainably do the time intensive work of growing and deepening our bases while also forging the broadest progressive alliances possible.

This crisis has opened up an important opportunity for us to unite across race and class to demand safe schools and communities for all people. The forces aligned to prevent meaningful changes to our gun laws are the same ones committed to keeping our communities under resourced and overpoliced. Fortunately for us, we who desire a society based on safety and inclusion outnumber those who would keep us separated and afraid. It is now up to us to build our collective power and win the change we desire, the change we deserve.

Visit the Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) site and sign on to the statement