khmer show the love

Last year’s Yellow Lounge event, titled “Show Youth the Love”

For 12 years, Khmer Girls in Action (KGA) has hosted a day dedicated to celebrate youth culture and talent.

Year 13 of Yellow Lounge happens this Saturday, Aug. 3.

“Yellow Lounge is a place where intergenerational stories and struggles are acknowledged and affirmed,” Jennefer Heng, KGA alumni and community organizer, said.

In alignment with this year’s theme, attendees can also expect to gather community resources, she said.

According to a release, this year’s theme is “WeLBC,” which stands for “We Love, Believe, and Care.” The release also said the summer months and after school hours are when youth are more vulnerable. As such, KGA seeks to share solutions with the community to help combat those issues.

For example, attendees and community members can take part in the “Long Beach Invest in Youth” campaign, a fund dedicated for children and youth in Long Beach.

Last year, people Mayor Robert Garcia proposed $200,000 in one-time funding as part of the fiscal 2019 budget to support programs for youth wellbeing through a Participatory Budgeting process. At Yellow Lounge, KGA urged city leaders to increase the amount to $500,000. The hashtag, #500kForLBYouth, was created for that initiative.

“We are continuing our work to secure dedicated funding for the Long Beach Children and Youth Fund,” Heng said.

She said attendees can expect to learn more at this year’s event.

Another topic at this year’s event will be deportations and family separations. Attendees will be provided with resources to support those impacted by these issues.

Heng it’s not only important for adults to be aware of these issues, but the youth as well. According to Heng, youth often are the translators for their families. They also can be caretakers and the ones who connect their families to the community and valuable resources.

“‘Because of the supportive role young people play, they know best what solutions are most needed to improve the well-being and health of their families, schools and neighborhoods,” Heng said.

Attendees will be able to register or pre-register to vote and learn more about ways to create a more equitable city.

This year’s Yellow Lounge event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Roosevelt Elementary School Auditorium, 1574 Linden Ave. Doors open at 4 p.m. Free parking will be available on site.

The event is free and open to all with an optional sliding-scale donation. To register or donate, to go bit.ly/yellowlounge2019.

This event is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Long Beach Unified School District or any of its schools.

For more information on KGA, go to kgalb.org.

To learn more about the event, contact Maggie at maggie@kgalb.org or call 562-986-9415.

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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