Kabataan Culture is committed to developing healthy communities and actively addresses cultural representation, awareness about racism in the AAPI community, promoting of cross racial solidarity, mental health wellness and educational equity for all.
In 2021 Kabataan Culture partnered with two organization in the Philippines to help fund projects and donate supplies. The organization also solidify a partnership with the Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Center in California where they organized a holiday cultural and mental health awareness event for the the communities of the Inland Empire Southern California.
Established in 1990 and funded by different partnership from the Philippines and abroad, The Laura Vicuna Foundation helps street children get the proper protection and care with the help of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.
In 2021 Kabataan Culture has started a partnership with the foundation by donating food and supplies to the girls that are living in the foundation home in Cubao. The first donation was on April 16, 2022 where the Kabataan Culture team presented the group with 100lbs of rice and reusable bags for each girl. The bags included note books, pens, sanitizer and mask for covid protection.
The second donation was this past December 2022, where the Kabataan Culture team once again donated 100lbs of rice and reusable water bottles and Kabataan Culture T-shirt for each girl for an early Christmas gift. The girls in the foundation treated our team to a song and dance and presented our team here in the US with a Thank You letter.
To learn more about The Laura Vicuña Foundation please visit http://lauravicunafoundation.weebly.com
The Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation started with a single post on facebook about children in Zamboanga who were seen traveling on foot and using the rivers as a faster way to get to school. The foundation was establish to help children and families with supplying them with paddle boats so that they can go to school dry and properly get educated by their teachers.
Today the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation has garnered help from different organizations and Hope paddlers to build boats and schools in different regions of the Philippines and has helped thousands of families along the way.
Last June 2022 during the Kabataan Culture 1 year anniversary in Bellfower, Ca. The organization invited representatives from the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation to speak about their projects in the Philippines.
(pictured above: January Obciana (Kabataan Culture COO), Teacher Clarissa, Marianne De Castro-Miralles (Kabataan Culture CEO), Justyne Obciana, Jason Bonaga (YBH-USA), Jennifer Sotto ( YBH-CPA) at the Kabataan Culture Philippine Fiesta, June 12, 2022
Mr. Jason Bonaga, YBH-USA VP for External Linkage and Ms. Jennifer Sotto, CPA came out to the Fiesta and shared with the community about the projects that Yellow Boat has completed in the Philippines with the help of other Hope Paddlers and Ambassadors around the world and spoke to those in attendance about the commitment of the volunteers that make the foundation thrive and be successful.
Children at the event were given the opportunity to learn how to fold their own yellow boat using yellow paper while also learning about the foundations efforts.
This past December 2022 in Temecula, Ca., Kabataan Culture presented Jennifer Sotto of YBH a $500 check to help build 2 paddle boats in Zamboanga, Philippines
APCTC was established in 1977 as a directly-operated program of Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. APCTC was the very first mental health center in LA County speficially to help the AAPI demographic in the region.
To learn more about the Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Center and all their services please visit www.apctc.org
In October of 2022, Kabataan Culture partnered with the Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Center of Riverside to hold the first Parol Festival Sa Temecula an AAPI Holiday Celebration. With only 8 weeks of preparation both organization was able to bring out over 40 vendors and performers in support of raising awareness to mental health and Kabataan Culture’s programming. Despite of the inclement weather, over 500 people from the community came out in support of the event and braved the rain, raising over $3000 in ticket sales which helped fund Kabataan Culture’s future programming.