May 2020

May 6, 2020

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KYCC COVID-19 Response — Hot Meals for Koreatown Elders

We are so grateful to CBS Los Angeles and Suzie Suh for highlighting KYCC's Food and Delivery Program "KYCC❤️KTOWN" on…

Posted by Koreatown Youth and Community Center on Wednesday, April 29, 2020

As you may already know, KYCC launched an emergency COVID-19 food delivery program and fundraising campaign in Koreatown. #KYCC❤️KTOWN will bring hot meals and groceries to isolated seniors and medically compromised residents. 

Check out our growing list of amazing donors and partners HERE! In one month, we are proud to say that we have raised over $20,000—from our current and former staff, our existing contributors and some new KYCC supporters who rallied to our cause.

In case you missed it, here are the instructions on how to create a P2P campaign. Simply share across your social media platforms and your network of friends and family.

Many people are feeling grateful and have been asking how they can help—hopefully, they can start with this campaign! Thank you to our staff who have already started their own P2P campaigns and everyone who has been spreading the word!

KYCC, Karsh Center Deliver Hundreds of Bags of Groceries and Essentials in Koreatown

This month (on April 10 and April 23, 2020), the Koreatown Youth and Community Center and The Karsh Family Social Service Center delivered a total of 200 bags of groceries and essentials donated by The Sam Simon Foundation Feeding Families to low-income seniors and residents in Koreatown. Read more…

KYCC Joins Radio Korea in Mask Donation to Good Sam Hospital

On April 13, KYCC joined Radio Korea and the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles in launching the “Save the Heroes” campaign to support the dedicated healthcare workers in our community. Read more…

And even MORE KYCC News!

CED COVID-19 Resources

Our CED team has been working hard to provide accurate, up-to-date information and resources for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our KYCC webpages below for more information on these much-needed resources:

April was Earth Month

Shoutout to all of our staff at ES who have been hard at work to help keep our community safe, clean and healthy!

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

AAPI Heritage Month recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

The month of May was selected for two reasons: First, to commemorate the arrival of the first known Japanese immigrant to the U.S. on May 7, 1843; secondly, to honor the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869 — the building of which up to 20,000 Chinese workers participated in.

Each week during this Asian American Heritage Month, we will be honoring the work of members of the AAPI community in Los Angeles and Council District 10. I’ve had the privilege of working in Koreatown for decades and there are so many inspiring local stories to tell here, like Mr. Johng Ho Song’s.”
-Los Angeles City Council President Emeritus Herb J. Wesson, Jr.

Introducing: Data Corner

Throughout this time of uncertainty and shifting priorities, it is important for us as an agency to track the services that we are providing to the community. Whether it may be doing meal delivery to seniors at our affordable housing units, or providing virtual telehealth sessions with our clients, we need to be able to capture accurately and consistently what we are doing. Tracking will help our agency to receive additional resources needed to continue on the critical work that we are providing to the community. We are truly working towards one of our organizational plan’s theme: Improving Individual and Community Quality of Life. Our KYCC staff are truly amazing!

We have created a COVID-19 Resources for Staff page on the wiki specifically for our KYCC staff. As we receive requests for credible information, we will be updating the page. Please contact HaRi Kim at if you have any requests, or if you want to add to the list.

Miguel’s Voice

Did you know…

Scammers and malicious opportunists have not been furloughed as a result of COVID-19? Please protect yourself, your information and your well-being.

Some of the more common scams and tricks include:

–          Online advertising offers related to COVID-19
–          Door-to-door solicitations claiming COVID-19 fundraising
–          Zoom-bombing video calls when invitations are public
–          Fake Johng Ho Song email requests for gift cards
–          Emails and attachments (As always, if you aren’t expecting it, be wary!)

Remember to get your information from trusted sources like KYCC’s own COVID-19 updates!

Now you know.


Birthdays and KYCC Anniversaries


  • April 3 – Ernie Yoshikawa
  • April 4 – Jorge Sanchez
  • April 7 – Nicole Choe
  • April 7 – Karen Lee
  • April 9 – G Blades
  • April 10 – Miguel Lopez
  • April 13 – Ellie Kim
  • April 16 – Upasana Pandey
  • April 22 – Rica Blanks
  • April 24 – Xochi Vazquez
  • May 2 – Albert Rodriguez
  • May 4 – Eric Chung
  • May 5 – Eric Ji
  • May 6 – Liz Kim
  • May 8 – Kat Alegria
  • May 9 – Santos Gutierrez
  • May 10 – Luz Favela
  • May 15 – Jun Hwa Kim Hwang
  • May 20 – Martin Gonzalez
  • May 22 – Jovan Rodriguez
  • May 22 – Marcella Lively
  • May 23 – Clarissa Boyajian
  • May 24 – Ima Figueroa
  • May 27 – Javier Osorio
  • May 29 – Lydia Lising

Work Anniversaries

  • April 1 – 4 years – Yancy Mauricio
  • April 10 – 1 year – Manal Antabli
  • April 16 – 13 years – Joe St. John
  • April 24 – 6 years – Julio Barahona
  • April 26 – 3 years – Jenni Kuida
  • April 29 – 1 year – Sara Kim
  • May 1 – 3 years – Louis Pineda
  • May 7 – 2 years – Brittany Won
  • May 7 – 2 years – Jorge Sanchez
  • May 8 – 24 years – Jose Pantoja
  • May 14 – 2 years – Kat Alegria
  • May 15 – 1 year – Haidee Gutierrez-Diaz
  • May 20 – 1 year – Karin Wolfe
  • May 20 – 1 year – Eun Jung Jang
  • May 21 – 2 years – Presilla Kim
  • May 29 – 2 years – Martin Gonzalez
  • May 30 – 3 years – Eric Ji

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 – Elementary Academic Instructor
  • YS – Youth Services Instructor
  • YS – Youth Services Supervisor

Is everything going to be okay?

That depends.

If we mean, “Is everything going to be the way it was and the way I expected it to be?” then the answer is no. The answer to that question is always no, it always has been.

If we mean, “Is everything going to be the way it is going to be?” then the answer is yes. Of course. If we define whatever happens as okay, then everything will be.

Given that everything is going to be the way it’s going to be, we’re left with an actually useful and productive question instead: “What are you going to do about it?”

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