February 2020

February 3, 2020

What’s New

KYCC’s End-of-Year Fundraiser Raises $25,000

KYCC is very grateful to announce that our end-of-year fundraising campaign raised $25,000 for our programs and services. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our new and longstanding individual supporters, our professional colleagues, and our amazing staff and board for helping us surpass our original fundraising goal. Read more…

KYCC Becomes Official 2020 Census Partner

For the 2020 Census this year, KYCC will be partnering with various community stakeholders to promote partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to count an increasingly diverse and growing population in Los Angeles. Read more…

KYCC, LA Clippers Host Korean Heritage Night

In partnership with the Los Angeles Clippers, KYCC hosted Korean Heritage Night for a second year on Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Staples Center and celebrated the Los Angeles Korean American community in honor of Korean American Day, which was on Jan. 13, 2020. Read more…

February 2020 is a LEAP YEAR!!!

Leap Day is every four (4) years. The year that the day occurs is called a Leap Year. We have Leap Day (Year) because the earth rotates around the sun once every 365 and about ¼ days. So by adding an extra day every four years, we get close to keeping the calendar consistent with the earth’s annual trip around the sun.

February is Black History Month

Here are a few inspiring quotes:

  1. “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
    —Booker T. Washington
  2. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” 
    —Barack Obama
  3. Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”
    —Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut
  4. “You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.” 
    —Malcolm X
  5. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
    —Dr. Maya Angelou

Bagel Day Make-up!

All Sites will receive Bagels on February 21, 2020!!!!

Still time to sign up for KYCC’s Bake-Off bit.ly/kyccbakes2020

February is American Heart Month

Heart Disease: It Can Happen at Any Age

Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more often. This is partly because the conditions that lead to heart disease are happening at younger ages. February is Heart Month, the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart.

Heart disease—and the conditions that lead to it—can happen at any age. High rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people (ages 35-64) are putting them at risk for heart disease earlier in life. Half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking).

You Could Be at Risk

Many of the conditions and behaviors that put people at risk for heart disease are appearing at younger ages:

  • High blood pressure. Millions of Americans of all ages have high blood pressure, including millions of people in their 40s and 50s. About half of people with high blood pressure don’t have it under control. Having uncontrolled high blood pressure is one of the biggest risks for heart disease and other harmful conditions, such as stroke.
  • High blood cholesterol. High cholesterol can increase the risk for heart disease. Having diabetes and obesity, smoking, eating unhealthy foods, and not getting enough physical activity can all contribute to unhealthy cholesterol levels.
  • Smoking. More than 37 million U.S. adults are current smokers, and thousands of young people start smoking each day. Smoking damages the blood vessels and can cause heart disease.

Other conditions and behaviors that affect your risk for heart disease include:

  • Obesity. Carrying extra weight puts stress on the heart. More than 1 in 3 Americans—and nearly 1 in 6 children ages 2 to 19—has obesity.
  • Diabetes. Diabetes causes sugar to build up in the blood. This can damage blood vessels and nerves that help control the heart muscle. Nearly 1 in 10 people in the United States has diabetes.
  • Physical inactivity. Staying physically active helps keep the heart and blood vessels healthy. Only 1 in 5 adults meets the physical activity guidelines of getting 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity.
  • Unhealthy eating patterns. Most Americans, including children, eat too much sodium (salt), which increases blood pressure. Replacing foods high in sodium with fresh fruits and vegetables can help lower blood pressure. But only 1 in 10 adults is getting enough fruits and vegetables each day. Diet high in trans-fat, saturated fat, and added sugar increases the risk factor for heart disease.

Four Ways to Take Control of Your Heart Health

You’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to your heart. Learn how to be heart healthy at any age.

Don’t smoke. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, learn how to quit.

Manage conditions. Work with your health care team to manage conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This includes taking any medicines you have been prescribed. Learn more about preventing and managing high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Make heart-healthy eating changes.  Eat food low in trans-fat, saturated fat, added sugar and sodium. Try to fill at least half your plate with vegetables and fruits, and aim for low sodium options. Learn more about how to reduce sodium.

Stay active. Get moving for at least 150 minutes per week. You can even break up the 30 minutes into 10-minute blocks. Learn more about how to get enough physical activity.

Miguel’s Voice

Did you know…

Asking a blind man to describe the thief who took his wallet presents some challenges.

The same happens when staff have computer issues we can’t see.

Our ability to trouble shoot computer problems is much easier if the problem can be repeated for our tech people.

When that’s not possible, please try to note the exact time something happens so we can look at the equipment performance history.

And if you get an error message or other confusing display, try taking a screen shot (*Ctrl + PrintScreen) and paste it into an email to us.

We’re working to make your computer as fast and useful as we can and you can help us see how!

Now you know.


Birthdays and KYCC Anniversaries


  • 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
  • February 5 – Ana Carlin
  • February 6 – Kyungseop Kim
  • February 7 – Melanie Villasenor
  • February 18 – Seung On Yoon
  • February 18 – Oscar Vasquez
  • February 19 – Mi Joung Park
  • February 27 – Julia Uribe
  • February 28 – Peaches Chung

Work Anniversaries

  • 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
  • February 1 – 2 years – Steve Kang
  • February 6 – 1 year – Porfirio Marin
  • February 12 – 1 year – Hilcia Guerra
  • February 12 – 1 year – Isaac Hong
  • February 25 – 1 year – Kathleen Hong
  • February 25 – 1 year – Jermaine Combs

Open Positions

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

  • Clinical – Counselor II (Bilingual Korean)
  • ES – Environmental Services Specialist I
  • Kids Town – Preschool Assistant Teacher (Bilingual)
  • YS – Youth Services Supervisor

Luck on demand

Alas, not an option.

Luck over time is inevitable, though.

If you show up with good work and generous action, again and again, sooner or later something that appears to others to be luck will appear.

Because luck over time is a symptom of productive contributions. It rarely happens when you need it most, it almost never happens in equal proportion to what feels fair (to you or to others), but it happens.

The trap is hoping that a short-term focus on luck on demand will pay off instead of the long-term satisfaction of your productive contributions.

-Seth’s Blog

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