Our Stories: 2014

Emely

After weeks of field work as a tree canvasser and data collector on fresh food availability, Emely Lopez researched and wrote an environmental impact report on Koreatown for her summer internship with KYCC’s Environmental Services unit. Her experience planting trees and recording data taught her about the benefits of greening our neighborhoods and how city… Read more

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Rudolfo

In 2012, Koreatown resident Rudolfo Martinez came to KYCC seeking immediate assistance for rent and food. He had just suffered a heart attack; his wife Ana was gravely ill with pancreatic cancer; and he was taking care of his two grandchildren who had been abandoned by their mother. KYCC’s Community Economic Development unit connected him… Read more

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Kimngan

Kim Nguyenle has logged almost 2000 volunteer hours with KYCC during her high school career. She started volunteering with KYCC’s Tutoring, Enrichment and Mentoring (TEAM) program the summer before her freshman year and by her senior year, she was elected TEAM president. She has also given her time to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program… Read more

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Henry

In the spring of 2013, a young boy named Henry* went to school and reported that his father had brutally beaten his mother. In a case where a young boy could have easily gotten lost in the system, he instead came under the wing of KYCC’s Clinical Services unit. Because of our culturally competent, multi-layered programs,… Read more

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Anna

Anna Zhang says KYCC is like a tree that has always protected her. As an only child, she says she depends on KYCC, and that it is like a family to her. She first started coming to KYCC when she was in the sixth grade, as a participant in the Crossroads Middle School Program (MSP)…. Read more

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Anabel

Anabel Torres started working in KYCC’s academic programs in 2000 as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Over 12 years later, she is still a vital part of our organization, as a Family Advocate and Teacher at Kids Town. But her long history with Kids Town isn’t unusual among her colleagues. In fact, out of the 11 preschool… Read more

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Tony

On a weekday afternoon in KYCC’s Treehouse, Head Volunteer Antonio “Tony” Rhee is testing rockets. Small groups of middle school students, armed with duct tape and glue, vie for his attention in the “Rocket Launchers” workshop that Tony developed and implemented. Born in Buenos Aires, Rhee emigrated to the U.S. with his mother when he… Read more

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