January 2020

January 13, 2020

What’s New

AYCE, YDAPP Volunteers Host Holiday Social

On December 5, 2019, KYCC’s Prevention Education youth participants from the AYCE (Advancing Youth Through Community Engagement) program and YDAPP (Youth Drug Abuse Prevention Program) held a Holiday Social at the Menlo Family Center. Read more…

KYCC Hosts 26th Annual Holiday Carnival at Wilton Place

Koreatown families waited in line from 6:00 a.m. for KYCC’s 26th Annual Holiday Carnival at Wilton Place Elementary School on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Over 1,230 carnival participants, volunteers, staff, sponsors, performers and community leaders and organizations gathered for KYCC’s yearly Holiday Carnival. Read more…

YDAPP Members Host Social Night to Empower Youth

KYCC’s Youth Drug Abuse Prevention Program (YDAPP) hosted a Social Night on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at KYCC’s Wilton Center. Since 1996, YDAPP has raised awareness on the risks of substance abuse to Koreatown youth through creative projects, surveys and education on tobacco and alcohol trends. Read more…

Happy New Year

We are looking for Contributors for our Staff monthly Connect Newsletter. If you are interested in writing a piece (for example: restaurant suggestions, free things to do in LA); please email Moon or Olivia.

January is: National Blood Donor Month

Requirements for Donating Blood

  • Be at least 17 years old*
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds.
  • Be in good health generally and feel well on the day of donation.
  • Bring a current photo ID on the day of donation.

Here are 2 local Blood Drives:

  1. LAPD Olympic Division (1130 Vermont Ave, L.A.)
    • Monday, 1/13/2020 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  2. Wilshire Courtyard (5700 Wilshire Blvd. L.A.)
    • Wednesday, 1/22/2020 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

January 15 is National Bagel Day

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, all sites will have bagels delivered in celebration of Bagel Day!!!

January 25 is Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year (Gong Hei Fat Choy) – Year of the Rat

Here are a few fun facts about Chinese New Year:

  1. Chinese New Year is also known as Lunar New Year and the Spring Festival. It marks the end of the coldest days and Spring is welcomed for planting and harvesting and new beginnings and fresh starts.
  2. Spring Festival was originally a ceremonial day to pray to gods for a good planting and harvest season. People also prayed to their ancestors.
  3. Firecrackers are supposed to scare off monsters and bad luck. So people stay up on Chinese New Year’s Eve and set off firecrackers at midnight. In the morning, firecrackers are used again to welcome the new year and good luck.
  4. Red Envelopes – Also called red packets or pockets, they include money. This money is supposed to help transfer fortune from the elders to the kids. They can also be given between bosses and employees, co-workers, and friends.

Here are some fun activities for Chinese New Year:

January 29 is National Puzzle Day

We will be celebrating National Puzzle Day with Puzzles and Pizza at KOA.  If you’d like to join us please RSVP through the calendar invite.

Miguel’s Voice

Did you know…

Flu shots are great for humans but what about preventing viruses in your computer?

The most important thing you can do is to not open links or attachments that you aren’t expecting.

Even if it’s from someone you know and are excited to hear from.

If you weren’t expecting them to send you a document or a link, be careful!

The health of your computer and our network depend on it.

Now you know.


Birthdays and KYCC Anniversaries


  • December 6 – Evelyn Balderas
  • December 6 – Cehila Santiago
  • December 8 – Melanie To
  • December 10 – Moses Choi
  • December 19 – Lisa Kim
  • December 22 – Arthur Cho
  • December 28 – Marilyn Ufrazio
  • January 10 – Leticia Cabrera
  • January 13 – Yancy Mauricio
  • January 13 – Valerie Mireles
  • January 19 – Seungmin Jackson
  • January 19 – Isaac Hong
  • January 25 – Hye Won “Anna” Baek
  • January 27 – Steve Kang
  • January 27 – Ronald Aquino

Work Anniversaries

  • December 10 – 6 years – Sungbok Lee
  • December 11 – 2 years – Jazmin Garcia
  • December 16 – 6 years – Grace Park
  • December 20 – 1 year – Gabrielle Maestas
  • January 3 – 3 years – Charvel Valenzuela
  • January 22 – 2 years – ChinYoung Farrey
  • January 22 – 1 year – Hanna Yi
  • January 23 – 1 year – Xochitl Vazquez
  • January 26 – 4 years – Lidia Sebastian

Open Positions

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

  • Clinical – Counselor I (Bilingual Korean)
  • Clinical – Counselor II (Bilingual Korean)
  • ES – Environmental Services Specialist I
  • YS – Youth Services Program Assistant
  • YS – Youth Services Supervisor

Go Outside

Before you make a big decision, walk around the block.

If it’s raining out, take the dog for a run.

End the meeting a few minutes early and go for a stroll with the team.

Instead of an afternoon snack, consider some sunshine.

The less convenient, the more it pays.

A hard habit to create, but definitely worth it.

When in doubt, go outside. Especially when it’s inconvenient. (If you want to see this as a metaphor, that’s good too.)

-Seth’s Blog

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