July 2024

July 9, 2024

MYPARC Leadership Program Completes Filmmaking Workshops

Beginning In May, MYPARC Leadership Program interns kickstarted a thrilling adventure diving into filmmaking workshops with the filmmaker, Shan Shaikh. ​​Shan is recognized as a writer, director, who is renowned for his personal film projects and contributions to Retrospective Cinema, and is also a KYCC community volunteer. Read more

KYCC Marches in 2024 LA Pride Parade

KYCC joined the 2024 Los Angeles Pride Parade, on June 9, for the second consecutive year. Employees from various KYCC programs marched in the parade alongside the Sidewalk Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting well-being for people living outdoors. Read more

KYCC FamilySource Center Hosts Safety Pedestrian and Cyclist Presentation with Walk ‘n Rollers

On Sunday, May 26, KYCC’s Wilshire FamilySource Center hosted a Safety Pedestrian and Cyclist Presentation, in collaboration with Walk ‘n Rollers. Walk ‘n Rollers was founded to encourage children to be more active, primarily by walking and biking to school more often and safely. Read more

Community News

Kids Town is Enrolling!

Kids Town Preschool is opening a new classroom! Interested families can call to schedule a tour and pick up a registration packet. Tours are available Mondays through Fridays. 

  • 24 spaces available for children 2.5-5 years old- no waitlist!
  • Free meals are provided. Meals include breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack.
  • Our triple language immersion program is in Korean, Spanish and English.
  • Kids Town Preschool hours: 8am-5:30pm, full-day and part-day hours are available. 
  • Music classes are provided every Monday.
  • Tuition: Private Program: $1280.00 a month/ Subsidized Program: $555.00 a month.
  • Families enrolled in Pathways are welcome.

For more information, email kidstown@kyccla.org or call 323-297-0038.

Environmental Services Graffiti Removal

On June 17th, KYCC Environmental Services team focused on removing graffiti from the mural displayed on the Dragon restaurant wall in Koreatown. The mural, created in November 2022 with support from the city government and community volunteers, has faced numerous complaints from residents about persistent graffiti. Consequently, KYCC reached out to the mural artist and government to address the concern, leading to the graffiti removal operation on the same day.

Free Naloxone Training

Are you a staff member at a youth program or part of school faculty? Empower yourself with the knowledge and skills to save lives with our free naloxone training for staff members at youth programs and schools. We are offering naloxone training to equip individuals with the knowledge to administer this life-saving medication that can reverse opioid overdoses. Join us on Thursday, August 1, 2024 from 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. at 520 S. La Fayette Park Place, Suite 560 Los Angeles, CA 90057. Register here

Prepare For Extreme Heat

Temperatures are rising and extreme heat calls for extreme care! Stay cool and hydrated during a heat advisory to protect yourself and your loved ones. Here are some tips to stay alert and prepared during times of extreme heat. For more information on how to beat the heat and stay prepared, visit HeatreadyCA.com.

July is

National Picnic Month

In honor of National Picnic Month, complete the Word Scramble, send to YJ (HR Assistant) an email ylee@kyccla.org with your completed answers by Friday, July 19 and you will be entered to win a summer basket.

5. QBB 
6. KPRA 
9. EIC 
10. ADOSS 

Buffalo Soldiers Day – July 28

About Buffalo Soldiers Day

In 1862, the U.S. Congress passed the “Union Army and Military Act of 1862”. This allowed black Americans for the first time to fight during the Civil War. They fought for the Union Army. And, they did so admirably.

In 1866, the U.S. Congress passed the Army Organization Act. This law allowed black Americans to enlist in the military and fight for our country. The army formed a military unit comprised of Black Americans. It included black soldiers who fought for the Union army in the Civil War, ex-slaves, and freemen. They served with pride and distinguished themselves for their bravery and fearlessness. These ferocious warriors served in the 9th and 10th Cavalry, as well as in other units. They fought in the Indian Wars and distinguished themselves. Native Americans feared them and nicknamed them Buffalo Soldiers. It is believed that either the Cheyenne or Comanche’s gave them this nickname for their fierce and fearless performance in the wars. While their performance on the battlefield was remarkable, they suffered from racism.

Did You Know? The Buffalo Soldiers went on to fight side by side with Teddy Roosevelt and his Roughriders in Cuba during the Spanish-American war. 

They had two notable mottoes. They are: “We Can, We Will”, and “Ready and Forward”. They lived up to these mottoes.

 How to Celebrate Buffalo Soldiers Day

The First celebration occurred in 1992. General Colin Powell dedicated a monument in honor of these troops.

Pictured above: Buffalo Soldier Monument in Kansas

Here are some ways you can celebrate:

  • Read a book about them.
  • Watch “Glory” (historically accurate account); Denzel Washington won an Academy Award for his performance.
  • Research their history online.
  • Make plans to visit the Buffalo Soldiers Museum in Houston, Texas 

Capture a Sunset

Send YJ a picture of a sunset you have taken by Wednesday, July 24 and you will be entered to win a GAS gift card.

Sustainability Committee Corner

Hope everyone enjoyed Summer All Staff! If you missed it, we had LA Sanitation share a brief presentation on composting, which is great now that we have composting and recycling bins available at our all staffs.  

In the U.S., food is the most common waste found in landfills. In fact, half of what ends up in landfills is compostable. This is significant because composting can greatly reduce methane emissions, a greenhouse gas that heavily impacts our climate. 

So thank you to everyone who helped reduce our waste by separating recyclables, compost, and trash at the event! 

We have a few compost buckets available for pickup at KOA 300. Email ckwak@kyccla.org by the end of this week with something you learned you can or cannot compost to enter a raffle for a KYCC branded compost bucket. You can also request a compost kitchen pail from the LA San website

Birthdays and Anniversaries


  • July 1- Cindy Figueroa
  • July 2- Gloria Figueroa
  • July 5- Myung Kee Kim
  • July 7- Eli Oh
  • July 9- Presilla Kim
  • July 11- Hiroko Makiyama
  • July 12- Jessica Estrada
  • July 12- Gustavo Avitia
  • July 12- Ethan Gourlay
  • July 12- Jonah Lee
  • July 14- Nicolas Marquez
  • July 14- Ruby Rodriguez
  • July 15- Jazmin Santos
  • July 18- Jose Pantoja
  • July 18- Tommy Rendon
  • July 19- Sarah Won
  • July 19- Lizet Cruz Jimenez
  • July 19- Gabriela Guerra
  • July 20- Geraldin Alvara Lugo
  • July 24- YJ Lee
  • July 25- Brandon Gix
  • July 27- Esme Lee- Gardner
  • July 28- Lizbeth Perez
  • July 29- Lia Yeh
  • August 3- Elaina Raynor
  • August 7- Nalleli Araiza-Santana
  • August 7- Aimee Newton
  • August 10- Julie Dominguez
  • August 15- Hanna Kim
  • August 15- Katherine Kim
  • August 16- Deisy Gutierrez
  • August 16- Silvia Yoshimizu-Yee
  • August 20- Joann Won
  • August 21- Aida Morales
  • August 24- Amanda Rodriguez
  • August 30 – Lidia Sebastian
  • August 30 – Jennifer Sernas
  • August 31- Oscar Marquez

Work Anniversaries

  • July 1- 39 years- Johng Ho Song
  • July 3- 1 year- Jack Birney
  • July 6- 3 years- Angelic Perez
  • July 6- 2 years- Hayoung Lee
  • July 9- 6 years- Santos Gutierrez
  • July 13- 4 years- Aimee Newton
  • July 19- 1 year- Melinda Alvarado Ruiz
  • July 21- 2 years- Jessica Gonzalez Garcia
  • July 30- 23 years- Anabel Fierros Torres
  • August 3- 4 years- Jonathan Diaz
  • August 5- 22 years- Jessica Estrada
  • August 7- 1 year- Alin Rangel
  • August 6- 4 years- Christine Zacamitzin
  • August 6- 3 years- Joseph Rodriguez
  • August 7- 1 year- Tiffany Lee
  • August 13- 3 years- Charisee Williams
  • August 16- 3 years- Jerry Levinson
  • August 16- 3 years- Karen Salas
  • August 17- 1 year- Jeeho Lim
  • August 19- 5 years- Torin Yee
  • August 21- 1 year- Nalleli Araiza-Santana
  • August 22- 3 years- Bryan Zaragoza Hurtado
  • August 29- 1 year- Tony Morales
  • August 30- 3 years- Preston Bryant
  • August 31- 1 year- Will Park

The lazy jugglers

The best jugglers don’t seem to be trying very hard.

That’s because they understand what the work involves, and they don’t confuse effort with results.

Some approaches to keep in mind:

  • Focus on the work at hand
  • Don’t take on more than you can handle
  • Establish a spec, and ignore perfection
  • Throws are far more important than catches
  • Devote a significant amount of time to honing your craft
  • Consistently add incremental challenges

Frantic leads to more frantic. Let it drop and begin again.

–          Seth’s Blog