January 2021

January 16, 2021

What’s New

Project Sticker Shock Helps Prevent Underage Drinking

According to the Research Triangle Institute, a recent survey showed an increase in the amount and frequency of alcohol consumption during the pandemic. During the recent Project Sticker Shock on December 22, KYCC’s Prevention Education staff placed approximately 200 stickers on alcoholic beverages in two different liquor stores in the community. Read more…

New Year’s Table Top Campaign to Address Drunk Driving

The Coalition for Prevention and Awareness in LA Metro (CoPALM) collaborated with seven restaurants to launch the Table Top Campaign (TTC) for the New Year’s holiday. CoPALM’s Table Top Campaign disseminated approximately 400 coasters with anti-drunk driving messaging in English and Spanish. Read more…

Kids Town Celebrates with Virtual Holiday Performance

To celebrate the holiday season, Kids Town hosted its Annual Holiday Performance Celebration on December 18. Read more…

CBB Bank Donates PPE for KYCC’s Holiday Carnival

In preparation for the 2020 Annual Holiday Carnival, KYCC staff and volunteers have been hard at work packing toys, PPE, and COVID-19 resources for more than 400 of KYCC’s clients and families across the greater Koreatown area. Read more…

Community News

January 13, 2021 – Korean American Day

Korean American Day commemorates the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the United States in 1903. The day also honors the Korean American’s immense contributions to every aspect of society. In 1882, the United States and Korea signed a treaty establishing a peaceful relationship, friendship, and commerce.

City of Los Angeles – 2021 Neighborhood Council Elections

LA’s 99 Neighborhood Councils together form the grassroots level of the Los Angeles City government. The system was created to connect LA’s diverse communities to City Hall and was established in 1999 by an amendment to the City Charter. While Neighborhood Council board members are volunteers, they are public officials elected to office by the members of their community. 91 of LA’s 99 Neighborhood Councils are holding elections in 2021 and voting in all neighborhood council elections will be exclusively Vote-By-Mail. For additional information, please visit https://empowerla.org/elections/.

January is National Blood Donor month

January is National Blood Donor Month, a time to celebrate the lifesaving impact of blood and platelet donors. It has been celebrated each January for nearly 50 years and coincides with one of the most difficult times to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients and this year is no exception.

Due to increased seasonal illnesses during the winter months and inclement weather conditions, donations of blood and platelets decline and demand increases. The American Red Ross and Blood Banks of America encourage everyone can donate to continue their donations. Contact the American Red Cross or your local blood bank for more information. 

Jan. 18 is Dr. Martin Luther King, Kr. holiday

How did the MLK holiday come into existence?

The fight to make the Martin Luther King Jr. birthday a holiday took 32 years to be approved as a national holiday. King’s birthday was finally approved as a federal holiday in 1983, and all 50 states made it a state government holiday by 2000.  The King holiday is marked every year on the third Monday in January.

Representative John Conyers introduced the first motion to make King’s birthday a federal holiday in 1968, just four days after King’s assassination in Memphis. It took another 11 years to the federal holiday to come up for a vote on the House of Representative’s floor in 1979.  President Ronald Reagan signed the bill in November 1983. The first federal King holiday was celebrated in 1986.

Today, the King holiday serves multiple purposes: It honors the total legacy of King; focuses on the issue of civil rights; highlights the use of nonviolence to promote change; and calls people into public service.

Friday, Jan. 29 is Corn Chip Day

Each site will have corn chips on the 29th.

Friday, Jan. 29 is also Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

We will have a Zoom Paint hour on Friday, Jan. 29, at 4:30 p.m. 

Please stop by Admin on Tuesday, Jan. 26 thru Thursday, Jan. 28,
to pick up your art packet for Friday.

Birthdays and KYCC Anniversaries


  • December 3 – Javier Mazas
  • December 6 – Cehlia Santiago
  • December 6 – Evelyn Balderas
  • December 8 – Melanie To
  • December 10 – Moses Choi
  • December 19 – Lisa Kim
  • December 22 – Arthur Cho
  • December 22 – Michael Jung
  • December 28 – Marilyn Ufrazio
  • December 30 – Jonathan Diaz
  • January 5 – Angelica Bernal
  • January 13 – Yancy Mauricio
  • January 13 – Valerie Mireles
  • January 16 – Dannish Ghias
  • January 17 – Danielle Joo
  • January 19 – Isaac Hong
  • January 19 – Seungmin Jackson
  • January 25 – Ariel Williams-Lewis
  • January 25 – Hye Won Baek
  • January 27 – Ronald Aquino
  • January 27 – Steve Kang
  • January 28 – Tristan Kim

Work Anniversaries

  • December 2 – 1 year – Andy Lau
  • December 2 – 1 year – Javier Mazas
  • December 10 – 7 years – Sung Lee
  • December 11 – 3 years – Jazmin Garcia
  • December 16 – 1 year – Aragas Mandani
  • December 16 – 7 years – Grace Park
  • December 20 – 2 years – Gabby Maestas
  • January 13 – 1 year – Anna Tumasyan
  • January 13 – 1 year – Javier Osorio
  • January 21 – 1 year – Liz Kim
  • January 21 – 1 year – Clara Rhee
  • January 22 – 3 years – Chinyoung Farrey
  • January 22 – 2 years – Hanna Yi
  • January 23 – 2 years – Xochi Vazquez
  • January 26 – 5 years – Lidia Sebastian
  • January 27 – 1 year – Danielle Joo

Data Corner

In July, we highlighted the disproportionate number of cases and deaths due to COVID-19 in the KYCC service area.  As of January 12th, LA County reported 944,319 cases, and is approaching 1 million coronavirus cases. On average, every minute, 10 people in LA County are testing positive for COVID-19. Every eight minutes, an Angeleno is dying of COVID-19. The availability of ICU bed and ventilators has been limited now more than ever. For a closer look at the COVID-19 cases within LA city, visit: https://corona-virus.la/Map

In spite of the grim news, there are positive actions that are taking place: vaccines have been rolling out to healthcare workers. In fact, a few of our KYCC staff had the opportunity to get vaccinated due to their essential work with our vulnerable population. Below, you can see the schedule that G sent out earlier based on LA County Department of Public Health.

Did you know…

You can get rid of old files and binders and records and make your office look stylish again?

KYCC has storage in a building on Western and Miguel can take your old documents there.

Here’s a link to procedures and another link to the inventory form.

As we begin to look towards a future together again, let’s do it free from the clutter of the past.

Now you know!

Why isn’t there a line at the library?

If any other institution was giving away essential items, it would be a sensation. The grocery store, the car dealership, even the laundromat would have a line out the door.

And now that we’ve moved many elements of the library online, it’s even easier to access.

A century ago, information was truly scarce and books were far more expensive than they are now.

A decade ago, obtaining the instructions on how to do something was difficult indeed.

“It’s too expensive,” or “I can’t get access to it,” used to be really good excuses. But they obscured the truth: “It takes work”.

And that’s the answer to the question. It takes work to sit down with a book and learn what it has to teach us.

It takes work to change our minds, to dance with the fear of failure, to imagine walking through the world differently.

Just because it’s free doesn’t mean it’s easy. But the knowledge to create lasting change has never been more accessible.

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