Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

MinKwon Center for Community Action, Inc.

  • Flushing, NY
  • www.minkwon.org

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.

Main Programs

  1. Advocacy & Organizing
  2. Civic Participation
  3. Social & Legal Services
  4. Youth
Service Areas

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New York

The MinKwon Center for Community Action (formerly YKASEC) serves the Korean American community in the greater New York City metropolitan area and the Asian American and immigrant communities in the greater Flushing, Queens area

ruling year

1988

Principal Officer since 2016

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Mr. James Hong

Keywords

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Korean American, Asian American, New York, Queens, Organizing, Advocacy, Immigrant Rights, Education, Human Services, Legal Services, Civic Participation, Culture, Community Empowerment

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Also Known As

MinKwon Center for Community Action

EIN

11-2710506

 Number

3959455792

Physical Address

136-19 41st Ave, 3rd Floor

Flushing, 11355

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Voter Education/Registration (R40)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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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.

Programs

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Program 1

Advocacy & Organizing

The MinKwon Center believes fostering community action at the heart of what we do. MinKwon’s Advocacy & Community Organizing’s two-fold approach represents our community’s needs on the federal, state and local levels of government and provides our community the platform to engage in grassroots organizing and activism.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

Program 2

Civic Participation

Despite comprising of 15% of New York City's population, only 6.9% of the Asian-American community votes. In 2015, MinKwon will lead the APA VOICE (Voting and Organizing for Increased Civic Engagement) – a twelve-member collaborative dedicated to demonstrating both the power and needs of the Asian-American immigrant population through voter turnout and education. Since 2004, MinKwon has registered over 60,000 people to vote and continues to empower Korean-American, Asian-American, and immigrant voters through a non-partisan, comprehensive set of efforts—voter registration, education, mobilization, protection, assistance, and research.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

Program 3

Social & Legal Services

The MinKwon Center's Social Services program offers a comprehensive range of free social and legal services to more than 8,000 low-income community members. Providing all of our services in Korean and Chinese, the MinKwon Center assists mainly limited English proficient immigrants who often face difficultly gaining to potential available resources.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

Program 4

Youth

At the MinKwon Center, we see the potential in youth as leaders of today and tomorrow. YEP provides Asian-American high school youth the opportunity to learn new skills outside of an academic setting through education, service, and interpersonal development/team-building.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

Service Areas

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New York

The MinKwon Center for Community Action (formerly YKASEC) serves the Korean American community in the greater New York City metropolitan area and the Asian American and immigrant communities in the greater Flushing, Queens area

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Funding Needs

The MinKwon Center receives a wide range of support from foundations, corporate, government, individuals, small businesses, and other grassroots fundraising sources.  We are grateful to our supporters who make our work possible and enable us to continue organizing, advocating, and empowering Korean Americans, Asian Americans, and immigrant communities in New York City.

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Minkwon Center For Community Action Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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MinKwon Center for Community Action, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Mr. James Hong

BIO

James Hong is the Interim Executive Director at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. He was previously the Director of Civic Engagement and oversaw the MinKwon Center's Civic Engagement Program as well as advocacy and community organizing efforts. He is a 2nd generation Korean American from Miami, Florida who joined the MinKwon Center in 2010. Prior to joining the MinKwon Center, James was a Senior Research Analyst at Market Dynamics Research Group, Synovate USA and Synovate Korea. James received his A.B. from Bowdoin College and his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Yu Soung Mun

MinKwon Center for Community Action

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