KAC (Korean American Center)

KAC (Korean American Center)

The Korean American Center (KAC) celebrates, preserves, and nourishes Korean heritage and the Orange County Korean diaspora. KAC’s mission is to build a stronger connection between intergenerational Koreans and the greater community by promoting Korea and Korean Americans’ rich cultural heritage.

KAC (Korean American Center)

The Korean American Center (KAC) celebrates, preserves, and nourishes Korean heritage and the Orange County Korean diaspora. KAC’s mission is to build a stronger connection between intergenerational Koreans and the greater community by promotinThe Korean American Center (KAC) celebrates, preserves, and nourishes Korean heritage and the Orange County Korean diaspora. KAC’s mission is to build a stronger connection between intergenerational Koreans and the greater community by promoting Korea and Korean Americans’ rich cultural heritage. We do this through hosting Korean-English language exchanges; formal Korean language programs; educational opportunities and workshops exhibiting Korean culture; empowering youth through a YoungKorean American Leadership Program; offering immersive youth programs; arts programs which empower self-expression; and by providing Korean Americans, Immigrants, and the AAPI community visibility and voice through community activities and activism, further promoting our mission and values. Ultimately, our vision is to unite with others of various backgrounds and intersectionalities that have a common interest in Korea and its culture.KAC offers an inclusive environment, embracing diversity within the Korean American diaspora as well as the region’s larger community. By collaborating with other AAPI organizations, we address community needs through highly visible outreach and advocacy. KAC’s own Executive Director Tammy Kim is the City of Irvine’s Vice Mayor. As an information center, KAC helps bridge the gap between Korea and the U.S., fostering cultural understanding. Education is a key focus, offered through lectures, exhibitions, and various platforms. Recognizing Korean American contributions is essential, publicizing achievements and events to keep the community informed. We promote social and cultural activities, uniting individuals and fostering a sense of belonging. Through our dedication to social and cultural activities, we enhance awareness and pride within the Korean American community.g Korea and Korean Americans’ rich cultural heritage.

About the Organization:

The Korean American Center (KAC) celebrates, preserves, and nourishes Korean heritage and the Orange County Korean diaspora. KAC’s mission is to build a stronger connection between intergenerational Koreans and the greater community by promotinThe Korean American Center (KAC) celebrates, preserves, and nourishes Korean heritage and the Orange County Korean diaspora. KAC’s mission is to build a stronger connection between intergenerational Koreans and the greater community by promoting Korea and Korean Americans’ rich cultural heritage. We do this through hosting Korean-English language exchanges; formal Korean language programs; educational opportunities and workshops exhibiting Korean culture; empowering youth through a YoungKorean American Leadership Program; offering immersive youth programs; arts programs which empower self-expression; and by providing Korean Americans, Immigrants, and the AAPI community visibility and voice through community activities and activism, further promoting our mission and values. Ultimately, our vision is to unite with others of various backgrounds and intersectionalities that have a common interest in Korea and its culture.KAC offers an inclusive environment, embracing diversity within the Korean American diaspora as well as the region’s larger community. By collaborating with other AAPI organizations, we address community needs through highly visible outreach and advocacy. KAC’s own Executive Director Tammy Kim is the City of Irvine’s Vice Mayor. As an information center, KAC helps bridge the gap between Korea and the U.S., fostering cultural understanding. Education is a key focus, offered through lectures, exhibitions, and various platforms. Recognizing Korean American contributions is essential, publicizing achievements and events to keep the community informed. We promote social and cultural activities, uniting individuals and fostering a sense of belonging. Through our dedication to social and cultural activities, we enhance awareness and pride within the Korean American community.g Korea and Korean Americans’ rich cultural heritage.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

11-15 YEARS

The Issue:

As the Korean American population in Orange County continues to grow, KAC's vision of uniting individuals from diverse backgrounds with a common interest in Korea and its culture remains steadfast. KAC strives to a beacon of cultural understanding, bridging the gap between Korea and the U.S., and empowering the Korean American community to thrive and flourish. KAC does this by:  Celebrating, preserving, and nourishing Korean heritage and Korean American history.  Providing cultural awareness and education of Korean culture, tradition, language and history as well as that of Korean Americans in the US.  Encouraging subsequent generations of Korean Americans, who are often unaware of their culture, to gain knowledge of their Korean identity;  Raising the awareness of these subsequent generations of their rKorean Heritage and increasing their knowledge and interest of their Korean ancestry, cultivate an appreciation of their dual heritage, and instilling an invaluable sense of pride to motivate community engagement;  Promoting an inclusive environment that celebrates a broadened definition of Korean and Korean American ethnic identity;  Empowering those within the Korean American community and provide an outlet for discovery and expression through the arts;  Partnering with other organizations serving the Korean American community to address the needs and concerns of the larger Korean American community through outreach and advocacy;  Similarly partnering with other AAPI organizations and Community Based Organizations (CBO) to support diversity, intersectionalities, and inclusivity;  Serving as a Korean Cultural Information and Resource Center in obtaining information relatingto Korea and the United States for inquiring individuals and other organizations;  Fostering awareness and education about Korea and Korean American life through bulletins, lectures, special courses, conferences, discussion panels, exhibitions, films and music;  Publicizing the contributions of Korean Americans in Orange County and beyond, as well as updating the community on events and developments that are of interest and significance to the Korean American community  Promoting engaging and entertaining social and cultural activities that enhance awareness and pride within the Korean American community. KAC strengthens the fabric of the Korean American diaspora and the larger Orange County community.

The Solution:

Solution: Innovative Language Education Program for Empowering Global Communication Skills KAC is committed to providing language education programs that are sensitive to customer requirements and deliver sincere results. With the support of this grant, we aim to create a cutting-edge learning environment equipped with state-of-the-art information technology to foster effective language acquisition. Additionally, we will invest in intensive training for our teachers and staff to enhance their skills and ensure high-quality service delivery. Moreover, we intend to establish a strong collaborative network, both locally and globally, to expand our impact. Finally, securing robust financial resources is crucial to maintaining excellent service standards and sustaining our team's composition. Objectives: Develop a Customized Language Curriculum: Our goal is to design and implement a language education program that meets the specific needs and goals of our customers. By conducting thorough assessments and understanding individual requirements, we will tailor the curriculum to optimize learning outcomes. Create an Innovative Learning Environment: We recognize the significance of integrating modern information technology in language education. With this grant, we will establish a technologically advanced learning environment equipped with interactive tools, multimedia resources, and virtual classrooms. This innovation will enhance engagement and facilitate effective language learning. Training and Skill Enhancement: To ensure our teachers and staff provide the highest level of instruction and support, we will implement an aggressive training program. This training will encompass the latest language teaching methodologies, cultural sensitivity, and effective communication techniques. By upgrading their skills, our team will be better equipped to meet the diverse needs of our students. Foster Local and Global Collaboration: Building a robust network is vital for enriching the language learning experience. We will actively seek partnerships with local educational institutions, community organizations, and industry experts. Additionally, we will explore collaboration opportunities with international institutions to foster cross-cultural learning and exchange programs. Financial Stability for Quality Services: To maintain exceptional service standards and secure a well-qualified staff, we need the financial stability. We will use the grant funds to establish a solid financial foundation, enabling us to invest in resources, technology, ongoing professional development, and employee retention initiatives.

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