March 2021

March 18, 2021

What’s New

KYCC Joins KAFLA Car Caravan to #StopAAPIHate

KYCC joined The Korean American Federation of Los Angeles on March 19 for a car caravan around Koreatown to raise awareness about Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate incidents that have been taking place across the nation, most recently with the killing of 8 workers at spas in Atlanta, of which six were Asian women. Read more…

KYCC Awarded $75,000 S. Mark Taper Foundation Grant

KYCC has been awarded a generous $75,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation to support programs for limited-income youth and families in Koreatown. The funding provided by the Foundation will be utilized for KYCC’s programs and services that support the needs of children and families in our immediate community. Read more…

Youth Services Launches Elementary Racial Justice Workshop Curriculum

On Feb. 4, coinciding with the beginning of Black History Month, KYCC Youth Services launched the first Racial Justice Curriculum workshop for its Wilton Elementary program. The workshops aim to create a safe environment where students can learn about race, identity, and become advocates for social justice. Read more…

Community News

LA County COVID Metrics Continue Improving, Hint at Possible Move Into Orange Tier

The county is now in the less- restrictive red tier, but if case numbers continue trending downward, it could advance to the orange tier by early April, allowing more capacity at businesses and more reopenings. Read more…

Koreatown Neighborhood Council Proposes Pedestrianizing Sixth Street

The Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood Council wants to pedestrianize a portion of Sixth Street, creating a large car-free plaza. WCKNC justifies the proposal for three reasons: making streets safer from traffic violence, helping provide foot traffic to local businesses, and providing open space for what they term “the most park-poor neighborhood in Los Angeles.” Read more…

People interested in giving input on the proposal are encouraged to take the WCKNC survey.

FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Third COVID-19 Vaccine

The EUA allows the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S for use in individuals 18 years of age and older. “The authorization of this vaccine expands the availability of vaccines, the best medical prevention method for COVID-19, to help us in the fight against this pandemic, which has claimed over half a million lives in the United States,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. Read more…

March is National Social Work Month

National Social Work Month, observed in March, uplifts all social workers and celebrates their contributions to our society. These professionals use psychology and sociology to solve social issues and improve individual lives – and it’s no easy feat! Social work can be emotionally draining, require long hours, and pay entirely too little, yet still, these amazing people strive every day to improve their client’s quality of life and advocate on their behalf. Take some time out this month to recognize our clinical social workers and the great things they do.

March is Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987. Women’s History Month 2021 will take place from Monday, March 1-Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

March is also National Craft Month

This is a great opportunity to start up a new hobby or even introduce your kids to something crafty. (If you do have kids, let them get messy with glue, glitter, pipe cleaners, colored paper, etc. Make sure you stick their masterpieces up on the fridge!)

Even if you don’t think you are especially artistic, there’s never any harm in giving things a go. Try your hand at jewelry making, knitwear, cards, decorations, scrapbooking, sculptures, hand-stitched, homemade baked goods – there’s always something for everyone.

In honor of this month, Admin will have a “Craft Take-Out” on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, stop by (anytime) and grab a smorgasbord of crafts (while supplies last)!!!

Birthdays and KYCC Anniversaries


  • February 1 – Esther Lee
  • February 5 – Ana Carlin
  • February 6 – Hyeonku Lee
  • February 13 – Kathleen Hobkirk
  • February 18 – Seung Yoon
  • February 19 – Mi Joung Park
  • February 27 – Julia Uribe
  • February 28 – Peaches Chung
  • March 7 – Cristina Basurto
  • March 7 – Andrea Marquez
  • March 8 – Rudy Fortiz
  • March 9 – Sung Lee
  • March 14 – Linda Davalos
  • March 17 – Hilcia Guerra
  • March 18 – Louis Pineda
  • March 21 – Aragas Mandani
  • March 23 – Carolyn Kwak
  • March 26 – Haidee Gutierrez-Diaz

Work Anniversaries

  • February 1 – 3 years – Steve Kang
  • February 6 – 2 years – Porfirio Marin
  • February 11 – 1 year – Tristan Kim
  • February 12 – 2 years – Hilcia Guerra
  • February 12 – 2 years – Isaac Hong
  • February 18 – 1 year – Roberto Leon
  • March 3 – 1 year – Conzuelo Rodriguez
  • March 4 – 2 years – Sarah Lee
  • March 6 – 1 year – Michael Jung
  • March 15 – 5 years – Jenny Park
  • March 20 – 18 years – Lisa Kim
  • March 26 – 3 years – Arthur Cho
  • March 27 – 4 years – Deisy Gutierrez

Did you know…

Batteries don’t last forever.

It’s a good idea to change the batteries in smoke detectors and other lifesaving alarms annually.

The start of daylight saving time, when we spring forward, is a great time to spring into action!

Can’t remember the last time you changed your batteries? Then that time is now.

Now you know!

The weight of repetitive tasks

As I write this, they’re laying a brick wall outside of my window.

Each brick weighs about five pounds. There are a thousand bricks in this wall. And every brick is moved, one by one, from the truck to the cart to the wall. Over time, any inefficient move is costly indeed. Watching professionals do it gives me more admiration than ever for their commitment and grace.

If we’re lucky enough to work indoors, with free snacks and podcasts in the background, we might not get physically exhausted the way we would moving thousands of pounds of bricks. But the cognitive and emotional toll of repetitive tasks is real, even if doesn’t leave callouses.

The discipline is to invest one time in getting your workflow right instead of paying a penalty for poor digital hygiene every single day.

Hacking your way through something “for now” belies your commitment to your work and your posture as a professional. Get the flow right, as if you were hauling bricks.

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