KCS Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc

KCS Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc

For over four decades, Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS) has served underrepresented populations, including Korean immigrants and the broader AAPI communities. We prioritize preserving cultural heritage while empowering individuals to thrive. Through tailored programs in Aging, Education, Immigration, Workforce Development, Public Health, and Mental Health, KCS

KCS Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc

For over four decades, Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS) has served underrepresented populations, including Korean immigrants and the broader AAPI communities. We prioritize preserving cultural heritage while empowering individuals to thrive. Through tailored programs in Aging, Education, Immigration, Workforce Development, Public Health, and Mental Health, KCS helps Asian American immigrants overcome barriers and become confident members of society. Our vision is a world where immigrant communities maintain cultural roots and collaborate to build a better society. As a bridge between Korean immigrants, the wider Asian community, and society, KCS facilitates full integration, helping individuals overcome barriers to become independent and thriving members of their communities through culturally sensitive programs. KCS excels in its work due to various factors. We prioritize underserved populations, developing tailored initiatives to address their needs comprehensively. We advocate for equity and social justice, respecting diverse backgrounds. Community engagement is crucial as we involve community members in decision-making. We cherish the Korean heritage and foster unity while forming strong partnerships for mutual growth. As a first-generation immigrant, I personally understand and support fellow immigrants through my own journey and experiences. The impact of racial discrimination during the pandemic has motivated me to educate the community, instilling pride, confidence, and showcasing the richness of each ethnic group and the opportunities in the United States. Through KCS, we create an inclusive community that values diverse experiences, building a society of equal opportunities and celebration for all.

About the Organization:

For over four decades, Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS) has served underrepresented populations, including Korean immigrants and the broader AAPI communities. We prioritize preserving cultural heritage while empowering individuals to thrive. Through tailored programs in Aging, Education, Immigration, Workforce Development, Public Health, and Mental Health, KCS helps Asian American immigrants overcome barriers and become confident members of society. Our vision is a world where immigrant communities maintain cultural roots and collaborate to build a better society. As a bridge between Korean immigrants, the wider Asian community, and society, KCS facilitates full integration, helping individuals overcome barriers to become independent and thriving members of their communities through culturally sensitive programs. KCS excels in its work due to various factors. We prioritize underserved populations, developing tailored initiatives to address their needs comprehensively. We advocate for equity and social justice, respecting diverse backgrounds. Community engagement is crucial as we involve community members in decision-making. We cherish the Korean heritage and foster unity while forming strong partnerships for mutual growth. As a first-generation immigrant, I personally understand and support fellow immigrants through my own journey and experiences. The impact of racial discrimination during the pandemic has motivated me to educate the community, instilling pride, confidence, and showcasing the richness of each ethnic group and the opportunities in the United States. Through KCS, we create an inclusive community that values diverse experiences, building a society of equal opportunities and celebration for all.

organizational budget

$500,000 - $1 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National

organizational budget

$500,000 - $1 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National

The Issue:

The AAPI community deserves greater focus on educating and preserving our cultural heritage. While the establishment of AAPI Heritage Month is a positive step, sustained funding is crucial to expand cultural education. Korean Community Services (KCS) aims to enhance AAPI cultural heritage education and preservation in the New York Metropolitan area. Since 1973, KCS has been dedicated to serving underrepresented populations, with a specific focus on the Korean immigrant and AAPI communities. We provide comprehensive client-tailored services in Aging, Education, Immigration, Workforce Development, Public Health, and Mental Health to empower immigrants and underserved individuals. However, additional funding is needed to address the significant cultural, linguistic, and economic barriers faced by immigrants. As an organization with over 50 years of experience serving immigrant communities, KCS recognizes the need for cultural heritage learning and preservation within the AAPI community. We have the infrastructure and tools in place to contribute to cultural education through events, workshops, and exhibitions. Our focus includes teaching AAPI heritage to preserve traditions, languages, arts, and customs. We aim to foster a sense of identity, belonging, and pride in cultural heritage through storytelling, visual materials, hands-on activities, and guest speakers. Language instruction is another essential aspect. While KCS offers ESOL classes, funding is needed to teach languages such as Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Bengali, and Hindi. This will enable students to communicate with their elders, understand traditional texts, and fully participate in cultural practices. Furthermore, KCS plans to explore the historical and social context that shaped the AAPI community, discussing migration patterns, contributions to society, experiences of discrimination, resilience, and identities within the community. With adequate funding, we can train staff and hire educators to effectively teach AAPI heritage in the New York Metropolitan area. This ensures that the AAPI community has the opportunity to learn, appreciate, and celebrate cultural heritage, preventing it from being neglected or dismissed. By investing in cultural education and preservation, we can empower the AAPI community and foster a greater understanding and appreciation of our rich and diverse heritage.

The Solution:

The KCS Mental Health Clinic carries out the mission of KCS to build a better society through community based, culturally and linguistically responsive care. The Mental Health Clinic utilizes both clinical and community wellness approaches through a New York State-licensed Mental Health Outpatient Treatment and Rehabilitative Services program and expansive outreach. The Mental Health Clinic treats issues impacting individuals, families, and the community by addressing multiple issues. Notably, treatment and care is targeted to the specific and unique needs of each population, whether it is through collaborations with the Older Adult Center or external organizations such as parent groups and hospitals. For example, with funding for racial healing for youth, mental health education was provided along with opportunities for youth from diverse backgrounds to build community virtually and in person. Through the curriculum youth addressed topics such as social isolation, social anxiety, and racial identity. Putting the knowledge into practice at our mid point check in, youth connected on an ethnic food tour learning about immigrant history while supporting local food establishments. Finally at the reunion, group members participated in the first AAPI and Mental Health event at KCS by assisting with a youth mental health booth in sharing interactive activities for community members. Through this process the KCS Mental Health Clinic collaborated with other departments, naturally leading to future programming ideas for other age groups and concerns. As mental health issues are simultaneously specific and generalizable, KCS is leveraging its unique and visible presence in the Korean community to build a community care model that is inclusive of all within the community and beyond. In solidarity with other immigrant communities, KCS is committed to co-creating a vision for resilience that encapsulates the vision of Somos.

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