November 2019

November 8, 2019

What’s New

KYCC Joins Mayor’s Office to Plant 90,000 Trees

KYCC Environmental Services hosted the Vernon Planting Event on Saturday, Oct. 26 with the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The Vernon event was the official kickoff for the planting of 90,000 trees that the City of Los Angeles pledged to plant as part of the City’s Green New Deal. Read more…

KYCC’s Money Smart Program Builds Financial Independence

Proud graduates of the Money Smart program, a financial skills course, pose with their certificates at the Bresee Foundation. The program was facilitated by KYCC Community Economic Development staff Lidia Sebastian, Amanda Rodriguez and Cehila Santiago. Read more…

KYCC Hosts Two Events On National Drug Take Back Day

On Prescription Drug Tack Back Day 2019, KYCC’s Prevention Education Unit hosted Prescription Drug Take Back events at two locations: First Baptist Church of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Olympic Division on October 26, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Read more…

More KYCC News!

November is: Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes is a group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood or high blood glucose.

Common types of Diabetes: Type 2, Gestational, Prediabetes, Type 1

Get Tested: Oral Glucose test, A1C test

November 11 is Veterans Day

Veterans Day honors all members of the Armed Forces who served this country valiantly. They served and fought to protect us, to keep our country safe, and to preserve our way of life. Veterans gave their time, risked their lives and in some cases, they made the ultimate sacrifice (giving their life).

This holiday originally was called Armistice Day and was first celebrated in 1921. In 1954, President Eisenhower changed it to Veterans Day, in honor of those who served and died from all wars.

On November 11 at 11:11, 1921 the U.S., France and England each buried an unknown soldier in honor of those who died in World War I. This began the annual Armistice Day holiday. The time and day was chosen because fighting ceased in WWI in 1918 on November 11 at 11:11. In keeping with this tradition, work stops on this day and time each year for a moment of silence.  This year we observed the holiday on Monday, November 11, 2019.

November 21 is The Great American Smokeout

-Prepare to quit

Quitting smoking can be tough. As you get ready to quit, think about how tobacco fits into your life and what’s going to be hard about giving it up.

Perhaps you smoke to cope with stress or when you’re lonely or bored. It’s also likely that tobacco has become a part of your daily ritual. Maybe you always have a cigarette with your coffee or after a meal.

If this is true for you, quitting will be not only about handling nicotine withdrawal but also about finding other ways to reduce stress, build new routines, and get emotional support without tobacco.

Starting with small steps can increase your confidence and make it easier to quit when the time is right. The more prepared you are, the better your chances for success.

-Successful quitting takes:

  • having a plan
  • knowing your motivation to quit
  • learning about your smoking habit and triggers
  • finding a new, healthy habit to replace smoking
  • making a commitment
  • asking for support from family, friends, and your doctor

-Getting ready to quit

Here are some ways to prepare yourself and gain the confidence to become a nonsmoker:

  • List all the reasons you want to quit. Every night before going to bed, repeat one of those reasons 10 times.
  • Develop personal reasons to quit in addition to your health and obligations to others. For example, think of all the time you waste taking cigarette breaks.
  • Begin to condition yourself physically. Start a modest exercise program, drink more fluids, and get plenty of rest.
  • Set a target date for quitting — perhaps a special day such as your birthday, your anniversary, or the Great American Smokeout.

You don’t have to stop smoking in one day…Start with Day 1 (2019 American Cancer Society slogan)

All of KYCC’s health insurance carriers offer assistance in quitting smoking.  Contact your health provider, or insurance carrier directly.  The information above was provided by Kaiser Permanente.

Miguel’s Voice

Did you know…

Your program shares costs with other programs at your site?

Take copy costs. A color copy costs 10x what a black and white copy costs.

The copy charges are pooled each month and shared with the programs at your site.

Help all our programs keep costs down by spending responsibly and only using color when you need it.

Now you know.


Birthdays and KYCC Anniversaries


  • October 1 – Gina Ahn
  • October 1 – Erica Aldana
  • October 1 – Gabrielle Maestas
  • October 9 – ChinYoung Farrey
  • October 14 – Hanna Kim
  • October 25 – Olivia Lee
  • October 29 – Katie Melara
  • November 2 – Jenni Kuida
  • November 2 – Torin Yee
  • November 6 – Josh Kwon Lee
  • November 10- Audrey Casillas
  • November 14 – Myung Jin Rhee
  • November 20 – Wayne Sugita
  • November 21 – Hanna Yi
  • November 22 – Jenny Park
  • November 23 – Gennesis Jerez
  • November 24 – Johng Ho Song

Work Anniversaries

  • October 1 – 4 years – HaRi Kim
  • October 3 – 3 years – Evelyn Balderas
  • October 3 – 3 years – Rudy Fortiz
  • October 4 – 15 years – Ernie Yoshikawa
  • October 8 – 1 year – Jun Hwang
  • October 14 – 15 years – Tommy Rendon
  • October 17 – 14 years – Luz Favela
  • October 18 – 13 years – Audrey Casillas
  • October 23 – 2 years – Nicole Park
  • October 29 – 12 years – Nayon Kang
  • October 31 – 7 years – Katherine Kim
  • November 2 – 4 years – Cehila Santiago
  • November 3 – 2 years – Peaches Chung
  • November 5 – 1 year – Soon Shin Kim
  • November 13 – 1 year – Lydia Lising
  • November 16 – 20 years – Miguel Lopez
  • November 21 – 3 years – Myung Jin Rhee
  • November 26 – 1 year – Melanie To
  • November 28 – 1 year – Hanna Kim
  • November 30 – 10 years – Yun Pak

Open Positions

Have some talented and driven friends? Let them know about our open positions.

  • Admin – HR Administrative Assistant (Bilingual Korean)
  • CED – VITA Site Assistant
  • CED – VITA Site Manager
  • Clinical – API PFF Program Coordinator
  • ES – Environmental Services Specialist (Bilingual Korean)
  • PE – Prevention Specialist (Community Engagement Coordinator)

Hope for the best

Better, I think, to work for the best instead.

It’s comforting to hire a staff, give them the project binder, a deadline, and hope for the best. Wish to be positively surprised. Leave room for lots of unexpected magic.

It’s relieving to see a client, give them a referral, move on to your next task, and hope they connect. Expect they’ll get what they need. Wait for the thank you card.

But if it matters, take the extra step instead.

-Seth’s Blog

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