Filipino and Filipino American students are one of the two largest Asian American/Pacific Islander groups in the Skyline College service area, currently at about 20% of the student body. To address the needs of this growing population, the Kababayan Program was created.
The Kababayan Program is a transfer and community support program with the goal of increasing proficiency in English skills for success in college, work, and life. It is open to all students and focuses on the Filipino and Filipino American student experience.
The Kababayan Program was initiated several years ago by founders Jeffrey Acidera and Nina Floro as a mentoring program for Filipino and Filipino American students. The program was revised in Fall 2003 with instruction as its centerpiece. By using culturally appropriate texts -- texts about the Filipino and Filipino American student experience -- the Kababayan Program instructors, tutors, and mentors hope to generate lively and timely discussions about the students themselves and the community around them, making the students' coursework "come alive" for them and ultimately provide a solid foundation for their academic success.
English 846 AK - Historical Timeline Projects
In Fall 2005, thanks to the hard work of coordinators Romeo Garcia and Nate Nevado, the Kababayan Program developed a peer mentoring program, the Kapatiran Mentoring Program. First-semester Kababayan Program members are grouped with a peer mentor: a current Skyline College student who was also in the Kababayan Program and has taken or was currently enrolled in a Kababayan Program course. We intend to continue nurturing these relationships, and invite new Kababayan Program members to participate as both mentors and mentees.
(L to R):Marisa Mariano, Melanie Espinueva, Liza Erpelo, and Nate Nevado
We have also been developing our counseling component of the Kababayan Program, and are thrilled to welcome Marisa Mariano and Melanie Espinueva to the counseling team. Please stop by the Information Desk in Building 2 and make an appointment through the campus ambassadors. Don't forget to mention that you are a Kababayan Program student!
The Kababayan Program is very pleased to be working in conjunction with Pilipino Academic Student Services (PASS) at the University of California, Berkeley. PASS is a recruitment and retention center designed to address the needs of Filipinos in higher education.
PASS Outreach 2003-2004
(L to R):Rowena Marcelo, Alex Guiriba, Ellen C. Valencia (Outreach Coordinator), Manny Cadiz, Ivan Diaz, Mary Joyce Juan (Outreach Coordinator)
PASS Outreach 2004-2005
(L to R): Xyrus Timbol, Mike Pelayo (PASS Outreach Coordinator), Liza Erpelo (Kababayan Program Coordinator), Leigh Anne Silverio, Chris Juan.
Students in the Kababayan Program are offered opportunities to perform volunteer work in the community or attend and even hold events pertaining to Filipino and Filipino American culture and heritage. Visit our photo albums to revisit past events and activities that Kababayan Program students have participated in.
The Kababayan Program Facebook group will be updated more frequently than the website, so join the group and keep up to date with all of the events in the Kababayan Program.