We present to you the first newsletter of yKAN Spirit for the New Year!
In this newsletter, we have:
A message from the President: Julie Cho
January 28th Open House Event Announcement (Remember to RSVP by Wednesday!)
Social Committee: March Masquerade Party
Advancement Committee Report
Community Service Report
Media & Web Report
Full E-board/Board of Directors list
A message from the President: Julie Cho
What brings you to yKAN today?”
When I received my very first yKAN newsletter, 6 years ago, I felt as if I have found my favorite one
stop-shopping place to expand my social networking and charity involvement.
There were cultural events, happy hours,
general meetings with interesting guest speakers that I will never get to meet
at work setting, and community service events. The community services
were quite addictive and made me come back month after month.
Then I started meeting extremely thoughtful
individuals with whom it was easy to build life-long friendships. No matter
what kind of interest you have as a Korean American, yKAN has been a great
place to experience your heritage in full capacity.
After a few months, I realized that yKAN had
become much more than my “fun place” to be after work, it had become a very
special part of my life. As a 1.5/2nd generation Korean
American leader, I found through yKAN an ambitious dream of making this
community a better place. Either the solution would be through advancement
projects or community service; I believe we have a mission to find our next
goal of where and how to strive the advancement of our community.
I have a dream that together, we all can be a
great leader to guide the next level of yKAN and the community. With my fellow
executive board officers, you and I are going to maintain another fabulous year
of making yKAN stronger than ever by creating valuable events.
I am proud to introduce to our exceptional team 2010:
Edmund Song – Vice President Daniel Whang – General Secretary, Acting Media/Web Chair Andrew Park – Treasurer Byul Cho, Yong Kwon – Community Service Chairs Jin Lim – Social Networking Chair Jisung Chun – Fundraising Chair, President Emeritus
In 2010, to continue the success of last year, I would like to bring out the best of yKAN by decorating our 2010
calendar with more creative events. I am confident that by next year at
this time, I will stand here and report that we have made great progress on
theses following priorities.
First, I would like to focus on
membership-retention related issues that we have. We have had a growing number
of yKAN members attending most of our major events but I hope to raise that
number even higher with your help. I believe a possible solution to remedying
that problem may lie upon making more professional networking programs and
atmosphere for many recent college graduates looking to enter the workforce for
the first time. I would also like to maintain the momentum of our great year,
by bringing formative guest speakers that we can learn and relate from by
creating several workshop events for everyone.
Second, with my personal experience as a
former President of yKAN and organizing most of the community service events
for the past five years, such as flu-shot drive, American Cancer Society’s
Relay for Life, Soup Kitchen, and Milal House events, I would like to bring
more diverse community service projects such as delivering hot food to elders
and painting homes for the physically challenged so that we can provide a
better hands-on service throughout the community.
Third, as we already had a yKAN Scholarship
in 2006, I would like to focus on bringing more funds to our second scholarship
project. Just like the high-achieving high school students who won our first
yKAN Scholarship, we would like to look after our hoobaes. Not only will
they be proud successful Korean Americans in the future workforce, they are
Fourth, I would like to make a “Young
Spirited yKAN” where our age gaps won’t interfere on achieving greatness of our
community. I would like to see more involvement, bridging 1.5/2nd
generation and our parents’ generation together to learn and understand each
other by more interaction with other Korean American organizations. For
example, Census 2010 is coming up in April and we would like to help mobilize
the community to participate in Census to make our voice to be heard!
Moreover, we are also adding more fun by
coordinating yKAN ski trips, picnic, sports, and winery events. What is better
than having a quality time with fellow yKANers developing great friendships!
With your help, we can make yKAN, even
better. With your help, we can make our community a healthier
place. With your help, we can achieve together.
Therefore, I feel tremendously honored to
accept the presidency of yKAN 2010 and I invite you to another great year at
yKAN and to help me make yKAN a very special part of other-new members’ life.
Connect. Contribute. Advance. That’s what we do great as a team!
So, what will bring you to yKAN this year? Are you ready to have fun with us?
Ever wonder who the masterminds behind the fabulous yKAN events are?
You have to
admit we had some really great events so far, such as our August 09
Bachelor/ette Auction Fundraiser where we auctioned off eligible NYC bachelors
and bachelorettes to raise funds for our community service projects. We also have some exciting events coming up!
Some ideas the yKAN EXECUTIVE BOARD (e-board) members were thinking of holding
Milal House (for developmentally-challenged Korean Americans) Visit for Children's Day
Resume & Interview Workshop
Census 2010 Project
Masquerade Night yKAN Scholarship Fundraiser
Hosting a booth at the Annual Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA) Festival
NY/NJ Korean Nursing Home Visit
Father’s Heart Ministry Soup Kitchen Volunteering
Happy Hour events
Special Guest Speakers
There are LOTS of awesome ideas we have come up with and we are excited to make them
happen for our Korean American Community. As yKAN strategize for the rest of
the year, we are looking for your feedback, comments, and ideas. We know many
of you have enjoyed coming to our events and thought about if you could do
more. How about coming to our Open House to provide any feedback on past
events, ideas on future events, and learn more about the various committees. We
will discuss past recent events, events planned for the upcoming months, and
brainstorm about great future events. There will be e-board members available
to discuss various committees and what kind of projects they work on. There are
many opportunities to contribute to yKAN and be involved in the leadership of
You would be surprised that the yKAN e-board is comprised of regular people just like you!
We come from all different walks of Korean American Life: Academics, Education,
Arts and Entertainment, Finance, Health and Science, Information Technology,
Law, etc. Although our schedules may be busy, being on the yKAN e-board
provides us an outlet to make a difference in our KA community and beyond.
Since 1989, we strive to create and organize events that show our commitment to
our fellow Korean Americans.
E-board members get the chance to come together once month and in fact, if having a
place to go every month, where you feel you are making a difference with the
people you enjoy working with, seems like something you are interested, please
let us know and one of us will get in touch with you. We want to get to know
YOU! It is work, and does take some time, but whenever we see a successful yKAN
event, there is satisfaction that we are making a true difference.
If you are interested in more information or wish to discuss anything ahead of the Open
House, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, we will be doing a re-gifting event! Do you have a random gift
from the holidays that you don't want and want to play a fun game, network, and
potentially get a really cool gift instead? Take that gift that you don't
want and wrap it (no need for a card or any other identifier). You can bring
a gift that you received of any value, or if you are purchasing a gift so that
you can play the game, something $10 or more. It's more fun when you
bring a gift however.
The game works as such, people who brought a gift put the
wrapped gift on the table. We will have a bowl of pieces of paper with a number on it.
We then go in sequential order to take turns picking or stealing a gift!
1. On your turn, you go to the table and choose a wrapped
gift and unwrap it and show it to everyone in the room. To add a networking twist, tell everyone your
name, what you do/job-sector (if if in school: major, what you want to do), and
one little known tid-bit about yourself.
2. The next person in line (from the # they pulled), can
go to the table, and repeat step 1, or they can STEAL any gift that was
unwrapped already before them (gifts can only be stolen a max of 2 times before
they are exempt from stealing)
3. If your gift was stolen, go back to the table and
choose another one (if your gift was stolen, you can't steal someone else's or
It's a lot of fun, great for networking, and potentially
hilarious at what gets unwrapped!
Thanks for your time, and hope to hear from you!
yKAN Executive Board
Social Committee: March Masquerade Party
SAVE THE DATE:yKAN Fundraising Masquerade Party
When:Thursday, March 11, 2010
Who:Everyone is welcomed!
What:Fundraising Masquerade Party
Bring your own mask to enter a
chance to win a prize for the best mask contest!
Why:Raise money to yKAN
programming for 2010 - 2011
If you are interest in making
monetary sponsorship or raffle gifts donation or buying ad space on our program
Advancement Committee Report
yKANers participated in a meeting with US
Census Representative Ryan D. Kim on December 17, 2009.
is April 1, 2010.
Advancement Committee have partnered with Korean American Supporters/Volunteers
2010 Census Task Force NY/NJ to help the word out about Census 2010! Many
projects and events will be developed through yKAN this year to have a strong
Korean American participation in Census 2010. We were noted in the Korea
Saturday January 9, 2010, yKAN members Sandra Oh and Ki Suk Kim
participated in putting up posters and leaving Census related materials at
various businesses in Korea Town. Thank you for coming out on a cold day
and spreading the words about Census 2010!
what our yKAN members / volunteers expressed about the experience:
Flyers, promotions, coupons...
Yeah, these are what we avoid in the streets when we're out there walking with
our friends. As a volunteer for the US census 2010 Korean American small
business blitz last Saturday, many don't know how simple and easy it is to
engage themselves into US census 2010. I felt it was our task as Korean
American to bring across this win win situational government benefit by direct
marketing style because there is no other way then to face our community in
person with professionalism and respect. – Ki Suk Lee, yKAN Member / Census
2010 Volunteer Task Force of NY/NJ
I was glad to help with the
census project through yKAN. I think it's a great way for the
Korean-American voice to be heard both in local and the federal governments.
It felt great knowing that my efforts on just one day will help millions
of Korean-Americans for years to come. – Sandra Oh, yKAN Member / Census 2010
Volunteer Task Force of NY/NJ
Census counts every resident in the United States, and is required by the
Constitution to take place every 10 years.
2010 Census will help communities receive more than $400 billion in federal
funds each year for things like:
Job training centers
Bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects
collected by the census also help determine the number of seats your state has
in the U.S. House of Representatives.
can't move forward until you mail it back.
In March of 2010, census forms will be
delivered to every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico. When you
receive yours, just answer the 10 short questions and then mail the form back
in the postage-paid envelope provided.
SangAh Chun (left) who
helped set up the APEX holiday party on December 19.
On Saturday, December 19,
yKAN collaborated with Asian Professional Extension (APEX) in preparing a
Christmas party for inner city Asian youths. yKAN was in the decoration
committee, which was led by yKAN community service chair Byul Cho. yKAN members
showed off their artistic skills in creating beautiful signs for the games and
decided to work with APEX because APEX has been providing great mentoring and
education programs to underprivileged Asian youths. However, due to current
economic downturn, it was difficult for APEX to raise additional funds.
Therefore yKAN has contributed $150 to help sponsor the event.
thanks to our volunteers: Thomas Kang,
Ryan Kim, Nelly Dong, SangAh Chun, Charles Hwang, June Tida, Eddie Song,
Julie Cho, Jin Lim, Jisung Chun, and Dan Whang.
is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit in New York City dedicated to providing mentoring and
educational services to an Asian American youth population. Founded in 1992,
APEX, seeks to empower youth to be well-rounded, productive members of society
by helping them build their self-confidence, explore academic and career goals,
develop a sense of community and service, and gain leadership skills. Through
one-on one mentoring relationships, educational programs, and social services
APEX helps youth overcome the multiple challenges they face, enabling them to
cultivate valuable and meaningful relationships. Together, we hope to inspire
our youth to create and achieve their goals. " www.apex-ny.org
Media & Web Committee Report
intends to give our website at www.yKAN.org a much needed overhaul in
the future. We intend to reach out to web designers and web design firms for
quotes on this project. We are currently working on a draft RFP to see what our
web needs are going to be. If you are a web designer who can work on a CMS
engine base on Joomla!, and you are interested in working with us - or you know
someone who might be - please e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Korean American League for Civic Action
The Korean American League for Civic Action
(KALCA) is offering its annual Summer College Internship
Program, a unique opportunity for college students and recent graduates of
Asian descent with demonstrated leadership potential to gain practical,
hands-on exposure to government, politics and non-profit advocacy in NYC.
The 8-week program is focused on community leadership and public
service and places interns in leading government offices, non-profit
organizations, and political campaigns in NY and NJ. Interns receive
a stipend of $1,500. Applications are due on Feb 27, 2010. Go
to www.kalca.org for info and to
download the application. Finalists will be required to be available for in-person
interviews on Sat, Mar 27 in New York City.
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Charles Khym Leadership Development Program
Deadline date for applications is extended to March 9th! (redownload the app in the link which has the updated dates). Application is easy to fill out, and please let anyone you think might be interested know about the availability! Korean Americans ages 25-40 strongly encouraged to apply.
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yKAN Parents Group
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