April 2021

April 15, 2021

A Message from Our Executive Director


Many of you know how much I think about Koreatown and our place in the community. The evolution of KYCC runs alongside the changes we see in Koreatown. The pandemic sped up a lot of changes in Ktown, some good and some that will add challenges for Koreatown residents and small businesses.

With the support of the Board of Directors and the Executive Team, we are welcoming Shawn Kuk as our Director of Planning and Development, to help KYCC navigate the changes and opportunities here now and in the future.

Shawn spent the last 15 years in local government and the last six managing the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee. He was on the staff of Councilmember José Huizar but was able to stay clear of the bad choices made by the Councilmember.

A fellow Bruin, Shawn studied History and Asian American Studies at UCLA before getting a Master of Urban Planning at that other school. He brings a love of Koreatown, the passion of an activist, and a skill set that will help us expand our impact in the community.

Shawn will focus on larger community planning issues, helping Joe out at Environmental Services, looking at opportunities around helping our unhoused neighbors, and leading our affordable housing work.

I’m confident he’ll match the passion and commitment that you all bring to our community every day. Please welcome him when you see him.

-Johng Ho Song

KYCC Raises Awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child abuse is a national public health crisis, with nearly 700,000 children in the United States being abused each year. In honor of April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, KYCC is launching a month-long social media campaign to bring attention to child maltreatment and neglect, ways to support children and families, and our programs and services that strengthen the Protective Factors. Read more…

Prevention Hosts Noche de Arte During NDAFW

During National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW), KYCC’s Prevention Eduction hosted “Noche de Arte”, an intergenerational art activity for families. KYCC partnered with Alfraro’s Creation Painting and Murals to host a virtual painting class for 40 families on March 26, 2021. Read more…

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Wear your Pin all month!!!!!

  1. Complete the Word Search
  2. Send to G! You will be entered into a raffle.

April is Stress Awareness Month

Here are 9 things to do to reduce stress:

  1. Make up your mind to get or stay healthy: Start exercising, make 1 healthy eating change, or reduce your smoking.
  2. Make a change: Clean your house, room, office or desk. Take a day trip.
  3. Focus on “now”.
  4. Talk to yourself (pep talks are helpful).
  5. Laugh: Watch a funny movie, show, video, or podcast. Read comics.
  6. Free meditations apps: UCLA Mindful and My Life
  7. Keep a “Happiness” Journal: Reflect on your day.
  8. Be “positive”: No matter the challenge, look for something positive.
  9. Help someone else: This takes the focus off of you and you feel good that you’ve done something to help someone else.

April 16 is National Bean Counter Day

CPAs and accountants are affectionately called bean counters. They work hard all year long. When tax season begins, their life is not their own, as they work countless overtime hours. During tax season, there is an endless stream of financial documents and tax forms to be collected and prepared, to meet the April 15 tax filing deadline. In recognition and appreciation of our finance professionals, April 16 is National Bean Counter Day.

Let’s send a “Special Thank you” to our Fiscal/Accounting Staff (Joe, Arthur, Ms. Yoon, Upasana, and Monica)!!!!

April 20 is Volunteer Recognition Day

April 21 is  Administrative Professionals Day

April 22 is Earth Day

Who would like to join me in the Earth Day Walk/Run Challenge!!! If you are game, here is the registration link. OUR TEAM NAME IS “KYCC WALKAHOLICS”! Here are two safe activities to participate in for Earth Day:

  1. St. Monica Green Team Earth Month Cleanup
  2. Nature Relations: Self-Guided Tour through Arlington Garden

April 26 is Pretzel Day

All sites will have Pretzels!!! YAY!!!

Data Corner

As you may have heard from fellow KYCC staff, the eligibility of vaccination has opened up to everyone ages 50 years and older. Starting April 15, everyone 16 years and older will be eligible for the vaccine.

How does vaccination look like for KYCC service area? Let’s see.

For more information, visit here. To learn how you can get vaccinated, reach out to vaccination@kyccla.org

Birthdays and KYCC Anniversaries


  • March 7 – Cristina Basurto
  • March 7 – Andrea Marquez
  • March 8 – Rudy Fortiz
  • March 9 – Sung Lee
  • March 14 – Linda Davalos
  • March 17 – Hilcia Guerra
  • March 18 – Louis Pineda
  • March 21 – Aragas Mandani
  • March 23 – Carolyn Kwak
  • March 26 – Haidee Gutierrez-Diaz
  • April 3 – Ernie Yoshikawa
  • April 4 – Jorge Sanchez
  • April 7 – Karen Lee
  • April 9 – G Blades
  • April 10 – Miguel Lopez
  • April 13 – Ellie Kim
  • April 16 – Upasana Pandey
  • April 22 – Alexa Kim
  • April 24 – Xochi

Work Anniversaries

  • March 3 – 1 year – Conzuelo Rodriguez
  • March 4 – 2 years – Sarah Lee
  • March 6 – 1 year – Michael Jung
  • March 15 – 5 years – Jenny Park
  • March 20 – 18 years – Lisa Kim
  • March 26 – 3 years – Arthur Cho
  • March 27 – 4 years – Deisy Gutierrez
  • April 1 – 5 years – Yancy Mauricio
  • April 16 – 14 years – Joe St. John
  • April 26 – 4 years – Jenni Kuida
  • April 27 – 1 year – Evelyn Balderas
  • April 27 – 1 year – Ricardo Brown
  • April 29 – 2 years – Sara Kim

Did you know…

The first thing I do for new staff is create your user profile, usually before your first day!

This profile is used to create your email account and your unique desktop and documents folder.

These are all useful places for you to store communications, reports and work stuff.

The problem is that if you leave us (don’t do it) these things all disappear.

Many contracts have strict requirements for saving information. More importantly, your colleagues may need the information you have.

Please save work documents in shared folders within your team.

Anything contract specific should end up with your manager so they can save it in our permanent contract folders.

Don’t let your hard work vanish. Preserve it using shared folders and drives.

Now you know!

Perfect is not the same as perfectionism

Perfectionism is a way to hide.

Perfect is the often-attainable outcome of meeting the specifications set out when you started.

Examples of perfect: A meeting that begins and ends on time, a curriculum that inspires learning, a DMH note or tax return that passes with flying colors, a parent meeting that ends in “thank you”.

Perfectionism on the other hand is a way to berate others for not meeting imaginary standards. Or berating ourselves as a way to avoid stepping up or sharing our work.

The perfectionist desires an outcome that can never be achieved. That’s why they’re a perfectionist–to hide behind the impossible.

Few things outside of mathematics are ever truly perfect. But our definition of what we’re trying to achieve can be perfectly met.

Making promises and keeping them is the path of someone who seeks to contribute. We need better shared goals and objectives and plans, usefully functioning systems and more reliable promises.

Holding back for too long because it could be somehow better than planned, though, is a way to avoid contributing. And using power or privilege to insist that others meet our ever-increasing but ever-less-useful standards is unhelpful.

Do we want to be better? Sure. Let’s plan for that and work together to achieve it.