February 2024

February 9, 2024

KYCC Celebrates Korean Heritage Day with the Los Angeles Clippers

KYCC hosted Korean Heritage Day for the 5th year with the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, January 21, 2024 at the Crypto.com Arena in Downtown Los Angeles. The 2:30 p.m. game against the Brooklyn Nets team celebrated the Los Angeles Korean American community by honoring Korean culture and celebrating KYCC as the Nonprofit of the Game! Read more

Community News

Election Day 2024

Mark your calendars KYCC! Election Day is approaching on March 5th. All Californian registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the Presidential Primary Election by February 5th. Stay informed and exercise your democratic right by visiting lavote.gov! 🇺🇸

KYCC Merch


Want to rep KYCC at an event? Need a go-to shirt on a groggy Monday morning? We have an agency site for all of our KYCC merch! For easy access, save this link: https://kyccla.square.site/. It’s also located on the KYCC hub if you ever need it.

We still have items from our winter drop. Check it out:   

Some highlights:

  • Long sleeve shirts: a comfortable long sleeve tee in cream, with a text graphic on the back in both Korean and Spanish. This green and cream color combo is *chefs kiss.
  • Hoodie in tan and black: our cozy gildan sweater at an affordable price. Good for layering under a vest or chore jacket because this LA cold is ever-present despite these random heat waves.
  • Forest green crewneck: for those who can’t bother with a hood. It’s comfortable, it’s got KYCC in big letters when you need to be easily spotted, and it’s such a lovely deep green color that’ll probably match with any bottoms. 

Thank you for supporting our merch!

February is

American Heart Month

“Live to the Beat” is the theme of this year’s Heart Month 

Here are a few short videos on Heart Health:

Know the Signs

Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

The theme this year is African American and the Arts

A 360 degree look at Cultural Expressions, an exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Things to do around LA


Hip Hop America: The Mixtape Exhibit- Grammy Museum

February-10th-2024 Monthly Film Festival- Black Cinema

African American Fire Fighter Museum

The Museum of African American Art

This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement

Poetry Uncut: Part II J. Ivy hosts Ursula Rucker and Abiodun Oyewole

The Kinsey Collection

African American Festival- Aquarium of the Pacific

Chinese New Year

Every Chinese New Year is assigned a zodiac sign, each of whom is associated with an animal, in 2024 is the year of the dragon.

The Chinese New Year, based on the lunar calendar, will be celebrated on Saturday, February 10.

A Chinese zodiac sign is generally assigned to each year.

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras History

On March 2, 1699, French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville arrived at a plot of ground 60 miles directly south of New Orleans, and named it “Pointe du Mardi Gras” when his men realized it was the eve of the festive holiday. Bienville also established “Fort Louis de la Louisiane” (which is now Mobile) in 1702. In 1703, the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile celebrated America’s very first Mardi Gras.

In 1704, Mobile established a secret society (Masque de la Mobile), similar to those that form our current Mardi Gras krewes. It lasted until 1709. In 1710, the “Boeuf Gras Society” was formed and paraded from 1711 through 1861. The procession was held with a huge bull’s head pushed along on wheels by 16 men. Later, Rex would parade with an actual bull, draped in white and signaling the coming Lenten meat fast. This occurred on Fat Tuesday.

New Orleans was established in 1718 by Bienville. By the 1730s, Mardi Gras was celebrated openly in New Orleans, but not with the parades we know today. In the early 1740s, Louisiana’s governor, the Marquis de Vaudreuil, established elegant society balls, which became the model for the New Orleans Mardi Gras balls of today.

Mardi Gras Today

During Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, king cakes are ubiquitous. Each pastry is hiding a tiny plastic baby inside symbolizing the baby Jesus (after all, it’s a cake for the Christian holiday Three Kings Day) as well as luck and prosperity. Tradition holds that if you find the baby inside your slice of cake, you are “crowned” king or queen for the day, but it also means you’re responsible for providing the king cake next year.  In New Orleans, Carnival season begins on Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day, a holiday that happens on January 6 (12 days after Christmas). Many smaller parades are hosted leading up to the 12-day parading period. But the last five days make up the main weekend (from Thursday night through Fat Tuesday).

Valentine’s Day

Leap Year (Celebrating National Pizza Day) 2-29-2024

In honor of Leap Year and National Pizza Day (Pizza Day was actually 2-9), all sites will have pizza for lunch.  We will be delivering to all sites. Happy Leap Year!

Birthdays and Anniversaries


  • February 3 – Chivas Mays
  • February 5 – Ana Carlin
  • February 8 – Taylor Lee
  • February 10 – Jack Birney
  • February 13 – Kathleen Hobkirk
  • February 18 – Seung On Yoon
  • February 19 – Jacqueline Garay
  • February 27 – Giovanna Valdivia
  • February 27 – Julia Uribe
  • February 28 – Mirna Villalta
  • March 2 – Benjamin Gamaza
  • March 3 – Claudia Alaix
  • March 3 – Sehwa Yoon
  • March 8 – Jamila Belbal
  • March 8 – Rudy Fortiz
  • March 9 – Sungbok Lee
  • March 13 – Davide Pigliacelli
  • March 16 – Won Joon Lee
  • March 20 – LaTanya Clark
  • March 22 – Vanessa Sarmiento Vasquez
  • March 22 – Stephanie Kim
  • March 23 – Carolyn Kwak
  • March 24 – Skylar Jefferson
  • March 26 – Haidee Gutierrez-Diaz
  • March 30 – Jesus Rodriguez

Work Anniversaries

  • February 1 – 6 years – Steve Kang
  • February 6 – 5 years – Porfirio Marin
  • February 14 – 2 years – Christian Morales
  • February 16 – 2 years – Aaron Kim
  • February 27 – 4 years – Tristan Kim
  • February 27 – 1 year – Clarisa Lopez Garcia
  • March 1 – 2 years – Luis Choi
  • March 3 – 4 years – Conzuelo Rodriguez
  • March 4 – 5 years – Sarah Lee
  • March 6 – 1 year – Rosa Devora Roman
  • March 13 – 1 year – Ruth Martinez Perez
  • March 14 – 1 year – Chris Astorga
  • March 14 – 1 yeas – Getsemani Fernandez
  • March 14 – 2 years – Jesus Rodriguez
  • March 20 – 21 years – Lisa Kim
  • March 21 – 2 years – Christopher Caro
  • March 22 – 3 years – Alberto Soria
  • March 26 – 8 years – Yancy Mauricio
  • March 26 – 6 years – Arthur Cho
  • March 27 – 1 year – Gustavo Avitia
  • March 27 – 7 years – Deisy Gutierrez
  • March 30 – 1 years – Venus Meza

KYCC Sustainability Committee

KYCC has a newly formed Sustainability Committee! The Sustainability Committee seeks to ensure the following: 

  1. Staff are educated and informed, so they know what to recycle and how.
  2. Recycling efforts by staff are fulfilled, so what staff places in recycling is actually recycled by the facility or KYCC.
  3. Committee is sustained, so committee can continue even if current core members filter out.

Our first goal is to educate ourselves, so we’re planning a field trip to an LA City recycling plant. Then, we will start small and establish recycling programs for five units with the following committee representatives: 

  1. Environmental Services (Pico): Valerie
  2. Development (KOA): Carolyn
  3. Kidstown (Crenshaw): Lisa
  4. Prevention Education (La Fayette): Aimee
  5. Youth Services (Wilton): Kendall

For questions or more information contact Aimee Newton at anewton@kyccla.org

The Generous Ask

“If you don’t ask, you don’t get.”

That’s problematic advice.

Taken to an extreme, it turns us into hustlers.

The alternative is to realize that the best asks are actually offers.

When we offer to help someone get to where they were going, we’re approaching the relationship with generosity, not selfishness. 

What work would we need to do to have sufficient skill, insight and reputation to be able to offer someone else a chance to reach their goals? That’s how we get. Not by asking, but by offering.

–          Seth’s Blog