[Kuya Ate Ading Mentorship Program]
Kuya = Older brother
Ate = Older sister
Ading = Younger sibling
Mentor = Trusted guide and advisor
*As of Fall 2018
Akbayan’s Kuya/Ate Ading Mentorship Program (KAAMP) started in 1995 as an outreach program for Pilipino youth, focused on teaching Pilipino culture and social/political issues; lessons evolved into an after-school program that collaborated with the Filipino Youth Coalition (FYC). KAAMP restarted on campus in 2003 and aimed to create lasting bonds among Akbayan members, old and new, as well as welcome and orient newer members to college life. Members who wanted to be mentors applied to become Kuyas or Ates while members who wished to be mentored applied to become Adings. Family bonds established among members and created lasting relationships built on strong foundations of compatibility. By the end of Spring 2004, KAAMP became a permanent facet of the organization.
Various unexclusive events developed over the years to emphasize academics and fellowship such as KAAMP Study Nights, Thanksgiving & Christmas Dinners, ice skating, bowling nights, and Olympics. The Program expanded its program in 2005 to serve as Kuyas and Ates for high school students. KAAMP has brought outreach to more high schools in the local district. Informative academic workshops will be arranged for those who are struggling with the transition into college. With plans to reinforce proactivity in the future, the Kuya/Ate Ading Mentorship Program will strive to develop a sense of purpose and belonging into an organization that will lead its members to academic success and maybe even continue the organization as their own.
In KAAMP's most recent years, the Program has grown at an exponential rate. Each year continues to foster hundreds of new Adings and KuyAtes. KAAMP has over 20 families with different types of mentors, personalities, and people. Our members varies from Filipinos to Non-Filipinos, RAs to OLs, and even brothers and sisters from Greek life. We welcome all to the KAAMP Program! KAAMP is now one of the largest programs offered at SJSU. In Fall 2017, KAAMP started a new alternative in which a joining Ading can receive a family as whole rather than one individual- where the Ading is open to accept their family pairing or rejoin the next semester to receive a KuyAte. In just the 2017-2018 schoolyear alone, we added over 650 new Adings to the KAAMP Program.