May 2021

May 20, 2021

Climate Action Corps Fellows Join Environmental Services

Two California Climate Action Corps fellows Miles Kim Parr and Krystle Yu joined KYCC’s Environmental Services in the start of 2021 to support local climate action projects on the frontlines and in low-income communities across Los Angeles.

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KYCC Holds 14th Annual FORE Children and Families Golf Tournament

On April 19, KYCC hosted its 14th Annual FORE Children and Families Golf Classic at the Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine, California.

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Cinco de Mayo Project Sticker Shock Aims to Reduce Underage Drinking

In 2019, according to the National Highway Safety Administration, 40 people were killed in drunk driving auto crashes on Cinco de Mayo. 

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KYCC Annual Report 2020

Our 2020 Annual Report is now available on our website and print copies can be picked up in the Development Room at KOA 300.

Community News

Volunteers and nonprofits step in to help non-English speakers get COVID-19 vaccines

Nearly 57% of Los Angeles County residents who are older than 5 years old speak languages other than English at home, according to data from the Census Bureau. Read more

Lyft partners with KYCC and other community organizations to commemorate AAPI Heritage Month

Amidst the rides in Asian hate crimes, Lyft has partnered with K-pop star CL, KYCC, and other community organizations to provide free ride sharing services to commemorate AAPI Heritage Month and to support the #StopAsianHate movement.

Free COVID-19 Vaccination Event

Community Day of Service

May is National Teacher Appreciation Week May 3rd – 7th

Thank you to our Kids Town and Youth Services teachers for all that you do for our youth everyday!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

As we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, it’s essential to reflect on the why, and maybe even more importantly, how you will honor the holiday and the values it commemorates. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, a popular misconception. Instead, it celebrates a single battle. In 1861, Benito Juárez was elected president of Mexico. After years of internal strife, the country was in financial hardship, and the new president was forced to default on debt payments to European governments. 
In response, France, Britain, and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz, Mexico, demanding repayment. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew their forces. France, however, sent a well-armed fleet to storm Veracruz, landing a large force of troops and driving President Juárez and his government into retreat. They met again in the city of Puebla, and although the Mexican army was vastly outnumbered, they won a decisive victory. The Mexican army’s success at the Battle of Puebla represented a great symbolic victory for the Mexican government and bolstered the resistance movement. In 1867, France finally withdrew.
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Chicano activists raised awareness of the holiday in the 1960s because they identified with the victory of indigenous Mexicans (such as Juárez) over European invaders during the Battle of Puebla. 

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Below are some interesting reads, things to do, movies and short films to watch for Asian American Heritage Month:
AAPI Heritage Month  
Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021 
Asian Pacific Heritage Month
Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Happy Mother’s Day May 9th

Memorial Day May 31

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. We honor their tremendous sacrifice.

Birthdays and KYCC Anniversaries


  • May 2 – Albert Rodriguez
  • May 4 – Eric Chung
  • May 5 – Eric Ji
  • May 6 – Liz Kim
  • May 9 – Santos Gutierrez
  • May 10 – Luz Favela
  • May 15 – Jun Hwang
  • May 20 – Martin Gonzalez
  • May 22 – Marcella Lively
  • May 22 – Jovan Rodriguez
  • May 23 – Clarissa Boyajian
  • May 27 – Javier Osorio
  • May 29 – Lydia Lising
  • 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

  • May 1 – 4 years – Louis Pineda
  • May 7 – 3 years – Jorge Sanchez
  • May 8 – 25 years – Jose Pantoja
  • May 12 – 1 year – Mija Lee
  • May 15 – 2 years – Haidee Gutierrez-Diaz
  • May 20 – 2 years – Karin Wolfe
  • May 20 – 1 year – Renata Pastrana
  • May 21 – 3 years – Presilla Kim
  • May 26 – 1 year – Brenda Reynosa
  • May 29 – 3 years – Martin Gonzalez
  • May 30 – 4 years – Eric Ji
  • 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…

Just by being KYCC staff, you are eligible for an 18% employee discount on Verizon Wireless service!

First, there’s a 15% staff discount plus 3% more if you are enrolled in paperless billing.

But wait, there’s more! KYCC staff can get 25% off selected accessories.

Here goes the link

so you can start enjoying the Verizon Wireless discount.

When you are on the Verizon Wireless Discount website, you’ll need to click on the tab that pertains to your current account (existing, new or renew)

If you need additional help and getting the Verizon discount, you can contact NPP customer service at 800-810-3909 to start saving today!

Now you know!

“But how will you know?” 

It pays to know what something is for. It helps us figure out how to do it better, how to allocate resources and how to know when we’re done.

Much of what we build or invest in is complicated. It serves multiple purposes, has to please many constituents and has competing priorities.

So the question: “How will we know if it’s working?” is a powerful one.

It opens the door to a useful conversation about what it’s for.

–          Seth’s Blog