Khmer Girls in Action (KGA), an organization in Long Beach, California, founded by daughters of Cambodian refugees, empowers Southeast Asian American youth through advocacy and leadership training. Sophya Chhiv, one of the founders, recognized the need to address issues beyond reproductive health, leading to the formation of KGA. Over the years, the organization has successfully campaigned for wellness centers in schools, lower discipline rates, and youth involvement in the city budget. KGA focuses on political empowerment, providing culturally responsive programs that delve into gender justice, reproductive rights, and advocacy work. The organization addresses challenges like gentrification, housing issues, and immigration policy, offering academic support to navigate the school system. KGA's impact extends beyond immediate campaigns, fostering intergenerational healing, breaking cycles of trauma, and creating a safe space for Southeast Asian American youth to explore their identity and make a positive impact on their communities.

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