Korean Resource Center

Korean Resource Center

Founded in 1983, the Korean Resource Center (KRC) empowers Korean Americans, immigrants and communities of color through education, advocacy, and grassroots organizing in California. KRC has two offices in Koreatown, Los Angeles (LA), and one office in Orange County (OC). KRC uses a holistic approach to create a groundswell of

Korean Resource Center

Founded in 1983, the Korean Resource Center (KRC) empowers Korean Americans, immigrants and communities of color through education, advocacy, and grassroots organizing in California. KRC has two offices in Koreatown, Los Angeles (LA), and one office in Orange County (OC). KRC uses a holistic approach to create a groundswell of positive social change and community activism and affect beneficial policy changes.

About the Organization:

Founded in 1983, the Korean Resource Center (KRC) empowers Korean Americans, immigrants and communities of color through education, advocacy, and grassroots organizing in California. KRC has two offices in Koreatown, Los Angeles (LA), and one office in Orange County (OC). KRC uses a holistic approach to create a groundswell of positive social change and community activism and affect beneficial policy changes.

organizational budget

$1 MILLION - $2 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

The Issue:

The dearth of ground-breaking and holistic programs for Asian American immigrant youth in a mostly conservative area of Southern California, has vastly isolated and rendered invisible many API groups. Generally, most Asian American immigrants in Orange County do not yet have enough political agency to affect changes that will improve their socioeconomic status. Their children, on the other hand, most often have better chances of breaking this pattern especially if they are given the opportunity to participate in settings where they can cultivate leadership skills that give them the agency to advocate for their families and communities. There are only a handful of organizations that specifically organize Asian American youth through a holistic empowerment model. This gap has been a missed opportunity to tap into the energy of college aged API youth from different campuses to be leaders of change over the long haul.

The Solution:

KRC seeks to expand its internship program of educating college aged API youth on collective and individual API identities and shared struggles in order to empower leaders to be civically engaged and advocate for their community on issues of race, immigration, health, education and economic justice. KRC will empower youth to gain social and political consciousness and knowledge about community issues so that they can become active participants in creating change. KRC will also transform its Orange County office space into a ‘Hub’ for API youth led community conversations and programming, to create an open and welcoming space for the dissemination of emancipatory knowledge that would enable young adults and the community to participate in conversation, through live performances, lecture series, film-screenings, and artwork exhibits. KRC office will could truly serve as a sanctuary for Asian American youth to envision a life affirming and inclusive future.

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