Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
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.
Mr. James Hong
136-19 41st Ave, 3rd Floor
Flushing, NY 11355 USA
Korean American, Asian American, New York, Queens, Organizing, Advocacy, Immigrant Rights, Education, Human Services, Legal Services, Civic Participation, Culture, Community Empowerment
Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)
Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)
Voter Education/Registration (R40)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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MinKwon Center for Community Action, Inc.
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
as of 12/7/2016
Yu Soung Mun
MinKwon Center for Community Action
Sukon Kim, M.D.
Honorary Board Chair
Psychiatrist in Private Practice. President, Society for Korean Studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook
Jennifer Heejin Kim, Esq.
City Bar Justice Center
Yu Soung Mun
Activist, Former Executive Director of MinKwon Center. Former National Organizing Director of Young Koreans United of USA.
Deutsche Bank, Community Development Finance Group
Mee Eun Chang
Congregation of Beth Elomim Senior Center
Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition
Byung Ho Kang
Founding member of YKASEC
Hee Sook Kim, CPA
Ernst & Young LLP
Community Organizing, Women’s Division, General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Church
Yong Chun Rim
Sung Yeon Park
Former member of Young Koreans United (Philadelphia and New York chapters)
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