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Minkwon Center for Community Action, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/03/2012: Minkwon Center for Community Action, Inc.

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AKA  MinKwon Center for Community Action
Flushing, NY
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Minkwon Center for Community Action, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/03/2012: Minkwon Center for Community Action, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: MINKWON CENTER FOR COMMUNITY ACTION INC

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Also Known As: MinKwon Center for Community Action
Physical Address: Flushing, NY 11355 
EIN: 11-2710506
Web URL: www.minkwon.org 
NTEE Category: R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R20 Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups
P Human Services
P84 Ethnic/Immigrant Services
R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R40 Voter Education/Registration
Ruling Year: 1988 
Top Funders: Single Stop USA/Robin Hood Foundation - $175,000
New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal - $68,833
Rockefeller Brothers Fund - $75,000


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Mission Statement

The MinKwon Center for Community Action (formerly YKASEC) was established in 1984 to meet the needs and concerns of the Korean American community through our five program areas: Community Organizing and Advocacy, Social Services, Civic Participation, Youth, and Culture.   The MinKwon Center places a special emphasis on meeting the needs of our marginalized community members who have less access to resources, including the youth, the elderly, recent immigrants, low-income residents, and limited English proficient residents.    Our goals are: To educate community members about issues that are impacting immigrant communities, including the Korean American community;  To increase Korean American civic participation and to promote immigrant rights through long-term organizing, advocacy and education programs;  To serve the marginalized members of our community through various social service programs; and  To preserve our cultural roots by involving members of our community in projects that promote our ethnic and cultural heritage.

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, January 2012)

Fiscal Year Starting: January 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $1,545,457
Total Expenses $1,262,563

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Mr. Steven Choi, Esq.

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Steve Choi is currently the Executive Director of the MinKwon Center for Community Action (formerly YKASEC). He previously directed the Korean Community Law Project, which provides free direct legal services to low-wage Korean immigrants – the only such project of its kind on the East Coast. Since September 2004, the Project has filed over 25 cases in conjunction with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and represented more than 50 workers against employers who have violated the rights of Korean immigrant workers. Through active litigation, the Project has helped secure nearly $800,000 in total settlements, court victories, and awards on behalf of these workers. Mr. Choi was formerly a staff attorney at AALDEF, and his previous legal experience includes working for the Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center in Massachusetts, Greater Boston Legal Services, and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) of Los Angeles. He received his B.A. from Stanford University in History with Honors and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mr. Choi has received numerous awards for his work, including the Korean American Association’s “Man of the Year” Award, the Wasserstein Fellowship, the Skirnick Public Interest Fellowship, the Skadden Fellowship, the the Asian American Lawyers of Massachusetts (AALAM) Scholarship, and the Harvard Law School Asian Pacific American Alumni Award.

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Our Education program area provides the Korean American community with the resources it needs to take advantage of societal resources, educational and economic opportunities, and participate in the civic arena. This is done through the implementation of Community Forums and Workshops, our Youth Empowerment Project and Summer Focus Group, an Internship program, a Free Job Training program, and an English as a Second Language Course. We also communicate with and educate our community members through our Publications and Resources/Media Initiatives program. Our Education programs are an instrumental tool in organizing our community and serve as the foundation of all our work. Our Social Services program area provides low-income, limited-English proficient immigrants with many services. Many of the most marginalized members of our community struggle to access the resources that are available to them because of their limited-English proficiency. Through these programs, we seek to both serve as a resource for these community members and to assist them in having full access to the resources that are offered in this country. Our four programs include our Immigrant Rights Legal Clinic, Naturalization Clinic, Low Income Tax Clinic, and Immigrant Assistance Project. These services are provided free of charge and are offered in Korean and in English. We encourage the participation of other ethnic communities to utilize our services, and we also have an extensive referral service. In 2005, we served over 1600 clients through our Social Services programs. Our Civic Participation program area mobilizes our community members to be proactive participants in the voting process. Proactive civic participation involves registering to vote, being educated regarding the issues, parties and candidates, and voting on election day. Our programs include Voter Education, Voter Assistance, Voter Research, Voting Rights Advocacy and a Get Out the Vote campaign. Through the empowerment of our community members, we seek to increase our collective voice as immigrant communities so that we will be heard on the city, state and national levels of government. In 2005, we reached over 10,000 people through our Civic Participation programs. Our Immigrant Rights program area advocates at the national, state and city levels to protect and advance the rights of immigrants. Our programs are designed to educate, mobilize and empower our community members about the issues that are having the greatest impact on immigrant communities. Our programs include a Comprehensive Immigration Reform campaign, a DREAM Act campaign, a campaign for Immigrants' Rights to Drivers' Licenses, a program to advocate for State and City Issues, mobilization and participation in Advocacy Days at the Federal, State and City Levels, and a Coalition Building initiative. Through these programs, we are empowering our community and working with other immigrant communities so that we can achieve a better society for the many generations of immigrants to come. Our Culture program area seeks to counter the loss of cultural identity among overseas Koreans by offering programs designed to recover and sustain the roots of Korean culture. YKASEC is home to BINARI-Korean American Cultural Troupe, which was founded in 1985 to cultivate the development of a new cultural awareness within the Korean American community. BINARI is best known for its performance in poongmul, an ensemble of traditional Korean drums and percussion instruments representing various elements of the Universe. The music dramatizes the work and play, joy and struggle, bounty and toil of human existence.

Program Long-Term Success:

In 2005, YKASEC successfully conducted various Education programs for the community. We organized and implemented 10 community workshops, including the first-ever 2005 Mayoral Candidate Forum for the Korean American community. Community members attended these workshops to learn about the elections, including information regarding the candidates and their positions on important issues, how to use a voting machine, voting dates and deadlines, details about the New York City budget. In addition, YKASEC educated a group of dedicated youth through our Summer Focus GrouAsian American history, and current pending legislation that impacted immigrants. YKASEC also operated a successful free job training program for the community. The purpose of the program is to reduce unemployment in immigrant communities and to empower low-income community members with a professional job skill. The instruction is conducted by a CPA in English, so that members of other communities can participation. Topics include basic accounting, individual tax preparation, and bookkeeping. Through our education programs, we directly served over 500 individuals and indirectly reached out to over 10,000 community members in 2005.

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Since our founding in 1984, we have made a profound presence in the Korean American, Asian American, and immigrant communities through various grassroots organizing, education, and advocacy initiatives that address important community issues, including immigration policies at the national, state and city levels, voter rights, and cultural awareness.  Our recent accomplishments include:   ·      . In 2010, we mobilized 450 community members to travel from New York to Washington D.C. for the March for America’s Future rally on March 21st, marking the largest Asian American mobilization in the country for comprehensive immigration reform. Throughout the summer and fall, we continued our efforts to shed light on the broken immigration system and urge our elected officials to introduce and pass a humane and just immigration reform bill through numerous actions and educational initiatives.   ·      . The MinKwon Center co-founded the 12% and Growing Coalition, the first Asian American coalition of organizations and individuals to remedy a shocking disparity in resources accessible to the Asian American community, and to preserve necessary services for vulnerable community members. In 2009 and 2010, we directly engaged more than 1,500 community members, collected more than 4,300 postcards, and mobilized more than 200 persons for the second APA City Advocacy Day as part of our 2010 Coalition campaign. In 2010, these efforts resulted in the restoration of $53.14 million– nearly 76% of our budget priorities - in services for our communities. As a member of the New York Immigration Coalition, we also fought to restore critical funding for marginalized communities.   ·      . In 2010, we provided free legal and social service assistance, education, and brief consultation – in immigration, tenant-landlord issues, foreclosure prevention, labor, and public benefits – to more than 3,300 community members, resulting in nearly $3,160,000 worth in benefits provided to our community.   ·      . Our Civic Participation efforts recently reached several milestones by directly registering over 50,000 new voters since the 2004 elections, launching the first-ever “Voice Your Vote NY” comprehensive Asian American voter empowerment coalition, and starting the first-ever nonpartisan voter canvassing drive in Flushing by knocking on 800 doors. In the spring 2010, we ran a groundbreaking grassroots 2010 Census Campaign in Flushing, Queens – knocking on 700 doors and calling 2,000 households – to educate and urge community residents to actively participate in the Census. Our campaign was featured as the cover article in the New York Times on April 1, 2010.   ·      The MinKwon Center’s Youth Empowerment Program is a year-round program that engages 60-75 Asian American youth in the greater Flushing area to develop academic, life and leadership skills through its main components of in-depth education, hands-on service activity, and grassroots advocacy. In 2010, YEP participants engaged in an intense 6-month campaign to advocate the restoration of funds to free and reduced MTA student MetroCards. With other city youth and community groups, the MinKwon Center organized actions including a historic march of over 1,000 students that ultimately pressured city and state governments to restore the free student Metrocards. In August 2010, YEP participants also organized the ICY (Issues for Community Youth) social justice fair for youth in Flushing.
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