About Khmer Parent Association
Khmer Parent Association is a community-based organization whose mission is to produce tomorrow’s leaders of today’s Khmer youth through higher education by providing tutoring, leadership development, scholarships, and health education to youth, women, and families.
KPA envisions a strong and healthy Khmer community in Long Beach with cultural pride and a great sense of ethnic identity.
On November 8, 2016, State Senator Ricardo Lara's bill, SB1174 (known as Prop.58), was passed into law in every county in the State of Ca. for Non-English Language Instruction in Public Education. There are many Dual Language Immersion Programs (DLIP) in schools around the country. DLIP integrate both English speaking and a second language to teach students a variety of subjects, with the purpose of developing bilingualism and bi-literacy in both languages. The most common languages are Spanish, French and Chinese. Schools that teach in Vietnamese/English Dual Language are located in Portland, Oregon; Burlen, Washington; Austin, Texas and Orange County, California. There are no Language Immersion classes taught in Khmer. Please take this survey to let us know how you feel about starting Khmer/English Dual Language classes in Long Beach. Thank you!
Annual Southeast Asian Scholarship and Graduation Program
for college-bound seniors
KPA embraces and encourages high school students in their pursuit of higher education.
Recipients Leadership Development Training
transition to college
Prepares graduates for their transition to college through building a network and mutual support. Trainer Paul Chhean, class of 2010, KPA scholarship recipient, took part in the the leadership development training.
Annual Recipients Christmas Reunion
a time to celebrate and reconnect
To reconnect and expand a social network among past and recent KPA scholarship recipients.
Khmer Mother-Daughter Intergenerational Leadership Training
To promote bonding, strengthening, and understanding between generations of women and girls. This training program is partly funded by Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation, Liberty Hills Foundation and Cambodian Association of America.
Cambodian Wellness Program
The Cambodian Wellness Program is a project of the collaborative of Cambodian Association of America, United Cambodian Community and Khmer Parent Association. There are five essential developmental domains. KPA focuses on cultural perception on chronic conditions, coping skills and healthy lifestyle through a series of 19 workshops with 233 participants and 17 case managements.
Mother & Daughter Conference
The goal of our Mother & Daughter Conference is to build, develop and strengthen relationships across cultures, create friendly dialogue, connect and share experiences as one community. It will equip mothers and daughters with knowledge and skill building to prevent inter-generational gaps and conflicts so that youth become academically successful and strong women in the future.
Staff and Board
Co-Founder and Executive Director
As a survivor of the Khmer Rouge Genocide, Chan Hopson went through an immeasurable experience in the Killing Fields. She understands many Cambodian people carry permanent emotional scars from the war that killed millions of innocent people; especially the well educated ones. Full Biography
Meet our Board
a dedicated team
The KPA board consists of 11 members who bring their range of experience to operational and policy decisions.
Dr. Christina Lee (Chair)
David Kem, MPA (Vice-Chair)
Sothea Sok, Aerospace Engineer (Treasurer)
Chamroeun Heng, D.O
Leakhena Heng, Ph.D.
Phatana Ith, Doctoral Student
Vanndearlyn Vong, CSULB student
Vattana Peong, MPH
Victor Chhay, College Grad.
Visal Nga, D.O.