November 2020

November 18, 2020

What’s New

KYCC 13th Annual FORE Children and Families Golf Classic Raises over $100K

On Oct. 8, KYCC held our 13th Annual FORE Children and Families Golf Classic at the Strawberry Farms Golf Course. KYCC is thrilled that we raised over $100,000, which will support our critical programs and services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…

KYCC Youth Receive Halloween Bag Donations from Senior Volunteers

This Halloween, KYCC youth trick-or-treated from office to office to receive goodie bags donated by LA Works’ Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Read more…

KYCC Recovery Services and KHEIR Clinic Team Up for Joint Medication-Assisted Treatment

This fall, KHEIR Clinic and KYCC have come together to provide medication-assisted treatment to patients. KYCC Rehabilitation Service Manager Hiroko Makiyama said, “The medication-assisted treatment, which has been proven effective through a variety of verifications, is a good model for healing a person through the combination of prescription and counseling of auxiliary drugs. We will safely treat patients with disabilities and help them return to their daily lives.” Read more…

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Community News

2020 Local Election Update:

  1. LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has secured his return to the Los Angeles City Council, District 10.
  2. California State Senator Holly Mitchell has been elected as the next LA County Supervisor for the Second District and the County will have an all-female Board of Supervisors.

November is National Diabetes Month

The American Diabetes Association reports that today, more than 122 million people in the U.S. are living with diabetes. Diabetes raises the risk of serious complications from COVID-19—and among the 230,000 people in the U.S. who have died of COVID, 40% had diabetes. Knowing our risk factors for diabetes is very important. Each year, experts urge families to observe National Diabetes Month right along with Thanksgiving, taking the opportunity to discuss their family health history when everyone is together. This year, to prevent the spread of the virus, many families will be having virtual get together online. But that doesn’t mean they can’t have the conversation.

Families often share a genetic risk of diabetes. This Thanksgiving, whether you’re having an in-person gathering or an online celebration, take time to create a family health history. This information can encourage family members to be tested for diabetes, because untreated, the disease can lead to serious health problems such as blindness, loss of limbs, kidney failure and heart disease.

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) suggests these questions to ask as you create this health history:

  • Does anyone in the family have diabetes? Did any family members who have passed away have the disease?
  • Has anyone in the family been told they have prediabetes—blood sugar that’s higher than normal that might progress to diabetes?
  • Has anyone in the family been told they need to lower their weight or increase their physical activity to prevent type 2 diabetes?
  • Did any women in the family develop diabetes when they were pregnant (“gestational diabetes”)?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, other family members may be at an increased risk. Talk to your doctor to learn more about managing your risk and preventing or delaying diabetes. Take this risk test:

November 11 was Veteran’s Day

Let’s never forget to honor the folks who sacrifice so much for us.





November 13-17 was Tihar “Festival of Lights”

Tihar (or Deepawali), also known as ‘the festival of lights’, is a five days festival in NEPAL. It is the celebration of good over evil. It is called ‘the festival of lights’ because everyone turns on colorful lights, lit candles, “diyo” and lamps for these five days. The community during Tihar looks beautiful, shiny and sparkly. On the first day, we worship crows by offering them food and water. On the second day, we worship dogs by offering them food. On the third day, we worship goddess Laxmi (goddess of wealth). This day is known as “Laxmi Puja” and the “puja” (the act of worshipping) takes a long time. We make colorful Rangoli and lit “diyo” on the doorway to welcome Laxmi. On the fourth day, we worship cows as they are also considered to be a part of Laxmi and the mother of everyone. We also worship ox and calf on this day. The fifth day is the last day but not the least. On this day, sisters pray for their brothers. The act of praying (puja) for a brother is known as Bhai Tika. Sisters make food for their brothers and brothers buy gifts for their sisters. This day certainly makes the bond between brothers and sisters very strong. Throughout the festival, small kids and young people go to each house and play “Bhailee and Deusiree”, which is similar to Halloween’s “Trick or Treat”. Children perform, dance, sing, and entertain homeowners to receive treats. In the end, the homeowners give them a lot of money, food and desserts. It is a way to appreciate the community and neighbors.

Contributor: Upasana Pandey

November 26 is Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

Why Black Friday?… The Meaning

In the world of accountants, red signifies a loss, and black signifies a profit. For many retailers, the Christmas holiday sales season represents one half to three-quarters of their annual sales. Often, retailers are losing money, until holiday sales begin. Holiday sales formally begin on the day after Thanksgiving. So, Black Friday represents that turning point, from a loss towards big profits (hopefully)!

Birthdays and KYCC Anniversaries


  • October 1 – Gina Ahn
  • October 1 – Erica Aldana
  • October 1 – Gabby Maestas
  • October 9 – Chinyoung Farrey
  • October 13 – Connie Rodriguez
  • October 14 – Hanna Kim
  • October 25 – Olivia Lee
  • October 27 – Aida Martinez
  • November 2 – Jenni Kuida
  • November 2 – Torin Yee
  • November 6 – Josh Lee
  • November 10 – Audrey Casillas
  • November 14 – Jin Rhee
  • November 18 – Sarah Pak
  • November 20 – Elaiza Armas
  • November 20 – Wayne Sugita
  • November 21 – Hanna Yi
  • November 22 – Jenny Park
  • November 23 – Gennesis Jerez
  • November 24 – Bitna Lee
  • November 24 – Johng Ho Song
  • November 27 – Mija Lee
  • November 27 – Yunjeong Ra

Work Anniversaries

  • October 1 – 1 year – Mark Jang
  • October 1 – 5 years – HaRi Kim
  • October 1 – 1 year – Mi Joung Park
  • October 3 – 4 years – Rudy Fortiz
  • October 4 – 16 years – Ernie Yoshikawa
  • October 8 – 2 years – Jun Hwang
  • October 14 – 1 year – Marcella Lively
  • October 14 – 16 years – Tommy Rendon
  • October 17 – 15 years – Luz Favela
  • October 18 – 14 years – Audrey Casillas
  • October 21 – 1 year – Ellie Kim
  • October 21 – 1 year – Seungmin Jackson
  • October 28 – 1 year – Upasana Pandey
  • October 29 – 13 years – Nayon Kang
  • October 31 – 8 years – Katherine Kim
  • November 2 – 5 years – Cehila Santiago
  • November 3 – 3 years – Peaches Chung
  • November 5 – 2 years – Soon Shin Kim
  • November 12 – 1 year – Hyewon Baek
  • November 13 – 2 years – Lydia Lising
  • November 16 – 21 years – Miguel Lopez
  • November 21 – 4 years – Jin Rhee
  • November 26 – 2 years – Melanie To
  • November 28 – 2 years – Hanna Kim
  • November 30 – 11 years – Yun Pak

Did you know…

…you have the power to improve your work site?

If you’re working from home, you can paint your room or buy a new light shade.

If you’re working on-site, you can let me and Porfirio know if something needs fixing.

We use The List to track what needs fixing and to prioritize our work (it’s also on the wiki).

Just select the tab for your location, add your request to the bottom, and presto!

Unless Joe vetos :(

Now you know!


Principle is inconvenient

A principle is an approach you stick with even if you know it might lead to more work now or a short-term outcome you don’t prefer. Especially then.

It’s this gap between the short-term and the long-term that makes a principle valuable. If your guiding principle is to do whatever benefits you right now, you don’t have principles of much value.

But it’s the valuable principles that pay off, because they enable forward motion, particularly when it feels like there are few alternatives.

We embrace a culture based on principles because it’s that structure and momentum that enables connection and progress to happen in the first place.