Integrated Voter Engagement Grantee
Khmer Girls in Action
IVE grantee Khmer Girls in Action (KGA), 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, passed 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.
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, and Asian and Pacific Islander communities.