Sixteen of KAC-LA's MUN students attended their second conference of the year at Mira Costa High School. From among 16 schools, KAC received the Best Club award, thanks to our students' outstanding performance. Out of the 462 students at the conference, two members of our novice division and one of our advanced division received commendation awards. In addition, one student from our advanced division received the Best Delegate award.
Media Coverage: Korea Daily, Korea Times
The KAC Board introduced Joon Young Bang as the new Executive Director for KAC, and welcomed new members of the staff and board. Executive Director, Joon Bang, answered questions from members of the press and described his vision for KAC.
Media Coverage: Korea Daily, Korea Herald, Korea Times, Radio Korea, Koreatown Daily
On Friday, November 4, 2016, KAC and KAFLA held a joint Ballot Initiative Town Hall at the KAFLA Building. This was an opportunity for voters in the Korean American community to familiarize themselves with the numerous (17 State initiatives alone) initiatives on the ballot this year. KAC's Senior Development Specialist, Christina Kang, carefully explained each CA State, LA County, and LA City ballot initiative to the dozens of voters that came out.
Media Coverage: Korea Times, Korea Daily, LA18
In order to motivate Asian Americans to register to vote, #IAmAsianAmerican put on simultaneous events in four cities, with the flagship event at the Wiltern in Koreatown on October 16, 2016. KAC registered voters before the concert and at the After Party/Night Market in front of the RadioKorea building.
KAC, KAFLA, and the North Valley Voters Alliance co-sponsored a candidate forum in conjunction with the League of Women Voters for District 5's Supervisorial Seat. The candidates, Kathryn Barger and Darrell Park, discusses a wide range of topics relevant to the residents of the North Valley.
On Thursday, October 13th, KAC hosted its 22nd Annual Legislative Luncheon at Yong Su San Restaurant. Over twenty elected officials from every level of government attended and spoke on the issues of homelessness and civic engagement. In addition to a record turn out in elected officials, this year's Luncheon also saw increased participation from the Korean American community.
KAC would like to thank all the elected officials that came out in support of the Korean American community and extend special thanks to Jamison Services, SoCalGas, and Gingi Marketing Fundamental for their support!
Media Coverage: LA18, KBS America, RadioSeoul, Korea Times, Korea Daily,
On Saturday, October 8th, KAC-LA's MUN students participated in their first MUN Conference of the year at Cerritos High School. After weeks of preparation, our students were ready to compete. Over 1,300 students from California participated in this conference, and half of KAC-LA's 24 students received awards of excellence for their performance.
For National Voter Registration Day, KAC, along with 10 community partners, mobilized to register voters throughout Los Angeles County. KAC's efforts on National Voter Registration Day resulted in the registration of 491 voters in Los Angeles County.
The 43rd Los Angeles Korean Festival showcased Korean food, culture, and talent for the residents of Los Angeles. At this event, KAC registered 300 people to vote. KAC staff and volunteers also answered questions about registration and informed members of the community about the availability of translated mail-in ballots.
KAC-Washington hosted this year's National Convention in Bellevue, Washington. The 2016 convention theme, "United Today for a Stronger Tomorrow" exemplifies the direction of KAC and our commitment for community empowerment and scholarship. 7 KAC chapters and 300 people attended the convention with distinguished election officials and professionals from all disciplines. The 2017 KAC National Convention will take place in Portland, Oregon.