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Khmer Girls in Action

Khmer Girls in Action

Long Beach, CA

Khmer Girls in Action is a community-based organization whose mission is to build a progressive and sustainable Long Beach community that works for gender, racial and economic justice led by Southeast Asian young women.

Grant Amount

$40,000 (CBF), $75,000 (IVE), $50,000 (C), 25000(IVE), 5000(RRF)

Grantee Since

2017

Key Issues
  • Economic Justice
  • Gender Justice
  • Racial Justice

Integrated Voter Engagement Grantee

A community-based organization whose mission is to build a progressive and sustainable Long Beach community that works for gender, racial and economic justice led by Southeast Asian young women, IVE grantee Khmer Girls in Action (KGA), worked to pass a $1 million budget to support the Youth Strategic Plan. The Youth Strategic Plan is the result of five years of efforts to support the Invest in Youth Campaign, which aims to increase and protect community-based youth programs, particularly in areas impacted by systemic racism, poverty, and gender-based issues.

Khmer Girls in Action
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KGA also worked collectively with the Long Beach Housing Element Coalition, to organize 100 community members for key housing justice wins including tenants’ rights to counsel; dedicated rental housing staff hired to support renters’ rights, and increased protection from evictions.

Beyond KGA’s youth strategic plan and housing justice work, they engaged 4,470 voters in 2021 and continue to respond in a holistic manner to the needs of their communities through mutual aid and healing circles for Black, Brown, Asian, and Pacific Islander communities.