Korean American Young Leaders (KAYL)
NOW ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS FOR THE 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR
For more information on how to join KAYL, please visit us at Kayl.org
Korean American Young Leaders (KAYL) is a program of the Korean American Center for high school students who aspire to enrich and empower their community with their time and talents. KAYL provides a unique opportunity for tomorrow’s Korean-American leaders by empowering students of all socio-economic backgrounds through leadership development, community service events, and career exploration. What makes KAYL unique is it is 100% student led, with adults only serving in an advisory capacity – and its focus on social justice and empowering the Korean diaspora.
Through KAYL students have the opportunity to take active leadership positions they might not otherwise have access to at school, while providing our youth insight into the world at large, while engaging students in a critical reflection of issues affecting our local community. Students will acquire a variety of leadership skills and team building techniques, such as presentation skills, meeting skills, and project planning. Through meaningful service projects, students will bring positive change to our community.
Last year, KAYL received a lot of mainstream coverage, such as the LA Times, for their advocacy work in gathering petitions to add Asian American Studies to the curriculum within IUSD. This year, the students will build upon their success, pushing for a wider adoption of Asian American Studies. Furthermore, we hope to expand our horizons to more service projects. Here is a list of just some of the things we plan on doing in this 2019 to 2020 season:
- This project would be a monthly opportunity for you to help beautify the office building and exterior. It would consist of tasks such as trimming and maintaining the shrubbery outside the KAC Office, and other gardening-esque work.
Korean Class Assistant
- Alongside with KAYL, KAC is also a designated 세종학당 (King Sejong Institute). Many Korean Language classes are taught there, from fundamentals & 한글 to higher levels of Korean. We are looking for people who would be interested in being an assistant for these classes. The job would consist of helping students with their pronunciation and reading. FLUENCY IN KOREAN REQUIRED!
- The California State Legislature has unanimously voted that October 9th is now and forever, 한글날 (Hangul Day). In the resolution, they named KAC and the King Sejong Institute as one reason for the resolution. KAC is having an event on October 5th for the occasion and is looking for volunteers.
Korean Class Student
- As a KAYL member, you are possibly eligible to have the Korean class fees waived. As a student, you do not get service hours for learning Korean, however it is a good way to connect more with your culture.
Media Team Editor
- This consists of making and editing photos and other forms of media for the various events that KAC does. In addition, this can also consist of website design/editing for KAC. The hours for this job would be after school and/or work from home. Please contact Jini for more information.
- If you are a fan of 사극 (Korean historical dramas), you may be interested in being an editor for KAC’s blog, koreanhistoricaldramas.com.
Monthly Food Bank
- KCS is KAC’s parent organization, with offices in Buena Park. KCS has a monthly food bank in order to feed the elderly Korean community, as well as others in Buena Park. This is on the first Friday of every month, at 4PM. If you are interested in the monthly food bank, you would have to be at the office at approximately 3 PM. Rides are being considered as a possibility for KAYL members in the South OC area.
- The 2020 Census is upon us. KAC wants to do census outreach work as the census is very important to the Korean American, and other communities. We want to spread awareness on the importance of the census, how it can positively impact the community, and its necessity. While there is nothing concrete on how this will go about yet, if you are passionate about civic engagement, you may be interested in working on this.
- If you are interested in the political process, you may be interested in working on some political campaigns for the upcoming 2020 election. Korean American Dave Min is running for the State Senate. He will be going up against other candidates for the primaries in March, and if he is one of the top two, he will move onto the general election in November 2020. Also, the director of KAC, Tammy Kim, is running for Irvine City Council in the 2020 general election. If working on these campaigns would be interesting to you, please consider it.
Korean American Grassroots Conference (KAGC)
- REGIONAL: The Korean American Grassroots Conference hosts regional seminars across the nation to develop and implement civic education and voter registration programs as well as to better coordinate the Korean American community’s advocacy on the national level. This occurs in April and is a great opportunity to learn more about civic engagement and how you can advocate for issues dear to you.
- NATIONAL: After the regional conference, the National Conference is held in Washington, DC around July. Over three days of the National Conference, community members discuss policy priorities, explore the Korean American identity through history education, and partake in a massive Action Day to directly meet with and engage members of Congress who represent each and every attendee.
API Youth Summit
KAC is considering a new project for the January Time Frame. We would like to work with other Asian Pacific Islander Orgs in order to have a youth summit about civic engagement, leadership, and identity in an API context. We are aiming for a January time slot, and are looking for possible work in regards to outreach to organizations.
KAYL Executive Board Info
If you would like to become part of the KAYL executive board, please contact Christian Shin at firstname.lastname@example.org and Jini Shim at email@example.com for more information. We are looking for creative and forward thinking leaders to move our group into the future.
KAYL in the NEWS:
- Provide our Korean-American youth with the opportunity to take active leadership positions they might not otherwise have access to at school.
- Give our youth insight into the world at large, while engaging students in a critical reflection of issues affecting our local community.
- Acquire a variety of leadership skills and team building techniques, such as presentation skills, meeting skills, and project planning.
- Provide transformational career exploration through a vast network of mentors and advisors who are established leaders in their respective fields.
- Inspire students to bring positive change to our community through a variety of meaningful service projects.
- Participation in KAYL will go toward the Presidential Volunteer Service Award