We proudly present to you KAA Mentorship Program

This holiday season, we’re launching our first Mentorship Program! The program pairs up a mentee with a mentor from January to June 2015. Throughout this relationship, there will be contact via remote session at least once a month to discuss any questions, comments, or concerns regarding academics, career choices, or any life decisions.


The purpose of KAA ‘s Mentorship Program is to provide one-on-one guidance and support for Cambodian students. By doing so, KAA aims to promote enriching knowledge, professional development, experience and relationships that will help empower Cambodian students to succeed in their academic/career success, individual goals and lives thereafter.

Mentors and Mentees

Mentors are members of the Khmer Alumni Association who have filled out an application. After completing the application, the committee leads will notify mentors and have them go through a training session. Mentees are high school students who have filled out an application, which includes a parent/guardian consent form. Upon submitting the application, a screening process will take place and a selected group of mentees will be invited to attend orientation. Afterwards, the committee leads will notify mentees and mentors of their pairing beginning January 17th.


To apply, please click on one of the links below.

Mentee Application  **DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 10!**

Mentor Applicaton *Deadline passed on December 31st 

Meet KAA’s New Advisory Board!

Back row: Linna Sok (left side), Daro Huot (center), Sereywath Keng (right side). Front row: Darlene Ly (left side), Sambo Sak (center), Johnny Sok (right side).

Back row: Linna Sok (left side), Daro Huot (center), Sereywath Keng (right side). Front row: Darlene Ly (left side), Sambo Sak (center), and Johnny Sok (right side).

Learn more about us by clicking on the “Who We Are – Advisory Board” page.

Khmer Hungry Games II

Join us Saturday, September 27, 2014 for KAA 2nd annual Cook-Off: Chea Plung (Catching Fire) from 11am- 4pm. Our theme for this year’s event is FUSION!

Come support contestants and their wonderful dish creations. We will have challenging games that will put your skills to the test and various prizes. You won’t want to miss out.

Want to challenge your culinary skill?

Come as a contender. Bring your specialty dish to knock-out the competition. 

Contestant Registration info:

Sous Chef (optional)
Address (recommended)
Dish (if known- can leave open)

Fusion dishes presented in first round only has two criteria:
One Cambodian ingredient
One non-Cambodian ingredient 

Top 3 dishes (selected by attendees) will proceed to the grilling round where mystery ingredients will be revealed. 

Registration Info. 

This event is open to everyone but space is limited- so don’t delay. Last day to register is September 22. Don’t miss out on this day of fun! RSVP now using the link below. 

2 Years Down, Many More to Come

As KAA finishes it’s second year of existence, KAA hosted it’s final event for the 2013-14 year.  “A Midsummer Night: A Khmer Soiree” raised nearly $700 (and possibly more) in scholarship funds towards the empowerment and education of students.  The Khmer Soiree had nearly 100 guests in attendance, which included KAA members, community members, student organization representatives, future KAA members, and family and friends.  The Khmer Soiree featured khmer formal attire, snacks, Khmer hors d’oeurves, drinks, music, dancing, photobooth, and art gallery.

Although the event was a major success, we are sad to see the departure of five of KAA’s most important figureheads, Linda Sok, Thourn Heng, Melinda Kuoch, Phanith Sovann, and Jenny Gov.  Although KAA will surely miss the enthusiasm, dedication, and knowledge that these five have  imparted on board, members and the community, KAA will continue to work towards it’s mission and goals of serving our three programs.

With our goodbyes behind us, please welcome our new board for 2014-15:

  • Secretary – Sambo Sak
  • Treasurer – Sereywath Keng
  • Media/Public Relations – Darlene Ly
  • General Board Member – Johnny Sok
  • General Board Member – Linna Sok
  • General Board Member – Daro Huot
  • General Board Member – TBA

We will be making changes to our Board information in the short future.  Please visit back for bios of our wonderful staff and for information regarding future events, socials, and updates.

A Midsummer Night: A Khmer Soiree

Daro and Chan


We’re very excited to be hosting our inaugural charity event on June 21, titled, “A Midsummer Night: A Khmer Soiree” to raise support, awareness and collaboration for the KAA scholarship endowment. Our primary goal is to provide up to three $200 scholarships every year to local high school Cambodian students who are planning to attend a community college, trade/vocational school, or university. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic and personal merit as well as financial need. Proceeds from ticket sales will help build the scholarship fund.

This is a Khmer formal attire event! We request that women wear a formal Khmer top and formal Sopuit. Men should wear dress pants, dress shoes, and a formal, traditional Khmer shirt.

Some recommended shops:

  • Modern Fabric on Anaheim between Gaviota and Walnut
  • Chanlinda on Anaheim between Gardenia and Cherry
  • Khmer Bridal or Serey Sophorn on PCH between Junipero and Stanley

Tickets are now on sale online for $15 and include admission from 7-10pm, specially-prepared hors d’oeuvres and beverages, photobooth souvenirs, and a night full of celebrations and dancing! Donations are greatly appreciated as we hope to reach our goal and award scholarships beginning 2015. We hope to see you there!

Tickets/donations: www.tinyurl.com/KAASoiree

Bloomfield Park (Community Room)
21420 Pioneer Blvd
Lakewood, CA 90715