Korean Resource Center

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The Korean Resource Center (KRC, 민족학교) was founded in 1983 to empower Korean American community, low-income immigrant and people of color communities through a holistic model that combines education, social services, and culture with effective community advocacy and organizing. KRC is guided by the principles Live Rightly, Know our Roots, Empower Ourselves, and Live in Harmony.



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JiShin BalpGi Lunar New Year Street Festival February 11th, 2006

While KRC has operated for more than 28 years, it did not begin to seek funding beyond the Korean American community until 1999. For example, KRC purchased its current home with community donations from literally thousands of individuals who contributed between $1 to a $1,000. No corporate or foundation support was sought. Yet, in the late 1990s, as KRC deepened its work on local issues ranging from health access to immigrant rights, the organization saw the need to institutionalize its work in order to present a progressive Korean American voice to larger civil rights and immigrant rights agenda. In 1999, KRC received a significant grant from a local foundation enabling it to pay its then volunteer staff. Since that time, KRC’s budget has increased from less than $40,000 to $400,000.

Today, KRC has seven full-time staff and nine full or part-time interns and program fellows ranging from their early twenties to over 65 years of age, who are bilingual or proficient in Korean, and who all have a deep political commitment to KRC’s mission. KRC is supported by 88 active leaders/volunteers trained to work in various programs. KRC has 200 dues-paying members, 150 members in six organizing committees, 450 supporters, 5,000 campaign participating members and 11,000 community members who receive services and assistance annually.

KRC's mission includes:

KRC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

KRC is a founding affiliate of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), a non-profit (501 c3) organization founded to advance a national progressive Korean American agenda.

[edit] History

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Opening of KRC in February 5th of 1983.

KRC was founded in 1983. KRC has also been a space for dialogue on questions of identity, representation and appropriate political systems & structures as much as it was for actual activist training, education and community base building. Events such as the Los Angeles Civil Unrest of 1992 and the anti-immigrant wave starting with Proposition 187 during the mid 1990s steered the organization's course to focus on educating and organizing Korean Americans on major civil rights and immigrant rights issues.


[edit] Program Areas

  • Health Access
    • Public Health Access Clinic
    • Public Health Policy
    • Language Access
    • Community Health Clinic
  • Education
    • Summer Youth Empowerment
    • Community Technology Project
  • Community forums
    • “Roots” School for young children
  • Housing & Economic Development
  • Immigrant Rights & Advocacy
    • Legalization Campaign
    • Civil Liberties and Basic Rights
    • Immigrant Access to Benefits
    • Civic Participation
    • Naturalization Project
    • Voter Empowerment Project
  • Culture
    • PoongMool (Korean Drumming) Workshop
    • Haemaji(New Year's Sunrise Greeting)
    • Jishin Balpgi Lunar New Year Street Festival
    • Cultural Connection

[edit] Social Services

KRC provides low income families, seniors and children with pro bono consultation on accessing to federal or state government sponsored health care programs which include Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, Medi-Cal for children and AIM etc. and assists them to fill out application forms for those programs.

[edit] Health Access

The Health Access Project seeks to improve the health status of Korean Americans, foster a belief that health care should be incorporated into our daily lives and ensure Korean American representation in the health policy, funding, and education.

Goals:

  1. To expand eligibility for public health benefits;
  2. To increase the number of affordable private health insurance options;
  3. To increase Korean American enrollment in public and private health insurance plans;
  4. To improve language access to public health coverage and private health insurance; and
  5. To provide medical services through the establishment of a local free clinic

Korean Resource Center provides low income families, seniors and children with free consultation on accessing to federal or state government sponsored health care programs which include Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, Medi-Cal for children and Access for Infants and Mothers (AIM), and assists them in filling out application forms for those programs.

[edit] Voter Empowerment

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Irene Hong conducts voter participation educational sessions at the Los Angeles Senior Center on October 26th, 2006

Since 1996, KRC sought to strengthen the civic engagement and voter empowerment in the Korean American community. KAVEP is a comprehensive, multi-faceted project that includes the following work areas: Voter Education (voter guide distribution and workshops), Voter Registration, Voter Assistance(Voter Hotline and Vote-By-Mail Assistance), Voter Mobilization (Phonebanking and Precinct Walks), Voting Rights Advocacy (Poll Monitoring), and Voter Research.


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