The annual high school internship program, the 2017 KACE Grassroots Internship, commenced on May 26th, 2017. After a thorough application and interview process, the selected 13 high school students in New York and 20 high school students in New Jersey will be contributing to the Korean American community through various civic engagement initiatives for the next 22 weeks. Since its launch in 2006, KACE’s annual high school internship program has […]

On August 22nd, 2016, the high school students in the 2016 Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) Grassroots Internship visited the New York State Capitol in Albany and had an opportunity to meet with Assemblyman Ron Kim. (Assemblyman Ron Kim engages in a Q&A session with our Interns) Our students spoke at length with the representative of our community and one of the few Asian American role models in the state […]

On August 18, 2016, our high school students in the 2016 KACE Grassroots Internship met with Councilman Chris Chung (Palisades Park, NJ) and Councilman Dan Park (Tenafly, NJ). Two of the few Korean American elected officials in Bergen County, these councilmen shared with our students their personal and professional experiences as Korean American public servants. They applauded our students for their voter registration assistance, especially for Korean speakers who often […]

On August 16, 2016 KACE Grassroots Interns invited New York Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (District 16) to our New York office to discuss community issues and ask questions on a career in public service. Senator Toby Ann Stavisky has shown support for the Korean American community and KACE, attending KACE’s 19th annual gala in 2015. [Senator Stavisky and Grassroots Interns in Q&A session] At the meeting, Senator Stavisky underlined the […]

Our 2016 Grassroots Interns visited the Bergen County Plaza on August 15, 2016 and met with Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco. County Executive walked them through the structure and role of county government and applauded their active engagement. Commending their voter registration assistance of over 100 people within one month, County Executive encouraged them to keep up the good work: “this is the generation that more Korean Americans become elected […]

On August 11, 2016 KACE’s Grassroots Interns were visited by Closter Councilwoman Jannie Chung at KACE’s New Jersey office. Councilwomen Chung has constantly shown support of KACE and has even attended KACE’s KAGC Northeastern Regional Seminar back in June. At the meeting, Councilwoman Chung highlighted the importance of grassroots activism by recounting her experience running for office. She stated how crucial it was for the students to always be politically […]

On August 10, 2016 KACE’s Grassroots Interns were visited by New York Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein (NY-26) at KACE’s New York office. Assemblyman Braunstein has shown support for KACE’s Grassroots Internship Program over the years through meetings with KACE’s 2013 and 2014 Interns and has even attended KACE’s 19th annual gala in 2015. At the meeting, Assemblyman Braunstein highlighted the importance of civic engagement, especially with the younger generations. He […]

On August 9, 2016, KACE’s Grassroots Interns were visited by Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (NY-25) at KACE’s New York Office. Assemblywoman Nily Rozic is the youngest woman in the state legislature and the first woman ever to represent the 25th District. Assemblywoman Rozic has supported KACE’s program over the years and has shown tremendous support to the Korean American community. [Grassroots Interns and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic in Q&A Session] Assemblywoman Rozic […]

On June 2nd, 2015, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) and Kupferberg Holocaust Center of Queens Community College hosted the 4th Asian Social Justice Internship ceremony at the Kupferberg Holocaust Center.

The Asian Social Justice Internship is a 12-week program that seeks to educate its participants about the war atrocities committed by the Japanese government during World War II. The program was established in September, 2012 and is supervised by Professor Jimin Kim, who earned her doctorate degree in East Asian history at Columbia University.

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Dr. Dan Leshem, the newly appointed director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center, started the ceremony with a presentation explaining the correlation between the Holocaust and the “Comfort Women.” Dr. Leshem stated that he is often asked why the Holocaust Center is involved in the “comfort women” issue, and addressed this question saying that cases of sexual violence did exist during the Holocaust much like the “comfort women”, although they have been neglected in the scholarly discourse. He added that the Kupferberg Holocaust Center has a responsibility to work together with the Korean Americans because they are all part of the same community.

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At the ceremony, the interns presented the projects they had conducted throughout the course of the program. The interns were given opportunities to speak with the “comfort women” survivors via Skype, and drew inspiration out of the interviews to conduct different projects, such as creating a website, posters, and paintings. They expressed outrage at what they have learned, and stated that they will continue to raise awareness about the “comfort women” in their campus community.

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Chejin Park, KACE’s staff attorney, congratulated the interns for their hard work and urged them to continue publicizing the issue. He stressed that “comfort women” survivors were passing away and an apology from the Japanese government needs to be made as soon as possible.

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A representative from Assemblyman Edward Braunstein’s office also attended the ceremony and delivered certificates to the interns.

On June 2nd, 2015, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) and Kupferberg Holocaust Center of Queens Community College hosted the 4th Asian Social Justice Internship ceremony at the Kupferberg Holocaust Center. The Asian Social Justice Internship is a 12-week program that seeks to educate its participants about the war atrocities committed by the Japanese government during World War II. The program was established in September, 2012 and is supervised by Professor Jimin […]

Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) is now accepting applications for its 2015 Grassroots Internship Program. Become a part of KACE, as we educate and mobilize the Korean American community. You’ll be joining the 150 others before you who grew up to be the next leaders of our community through our internship. Through this unique program, our summer interns will learn: (1) the importance of engaging Korean Americans in civic affairs; […]

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