Serving our local high school students, the Little Manila After School Program (LMASP) is an Ethnic Studies program focused on Philippine & Filipino American history, culture, politics, art, community responsibility, and collegiate access.

Our students gain essential knowledge that is not taught in our local public schools. Students in our program graduate with a deeper understanding of their identity and their own place in history as they set out to build upon the sacrifice and achievements of generations past.

Established at Edison High School by Little Manila co-founder Dillon Delvo and former LMASP teacher Alma Riego, LMASP extends Little Manila's mission to provide education to the community.

Now in its seventh year, the program operates at Edison High School and has served students from Edison, SECA, St. Mary's, Stockton Collegiate, and Langston Hughes Academy. The program has helped numerous students attend prestigious universities, appreciate their history, and develop ways to help the communities they love so dearly.

Through the Years

LMASP students engage in culturally relevant topics that are not usually discussed in high school History classrooms. In previous years, LMASP students have collaborated on theatrical skits such as, A Day in the Life of a Manong, a performance for elementary school students about the experiences of the Manong/Manang generation. This powerful experience sparked meaningful dialogue between LMASP students and elementary students about racism in the 1920s. LMASP students were also able to create their own Living Museum, where they acted as docents and living exhibits to tell the story of individuals throughout Filipino-American history. Today, artifacts from this museum can be found on display at the Little Manila Center.

In past years LMASP's focus was to have students be tour guides for the Little Manila Historic Site, giving tours to community members from across the nation. LMASP students have given tours to university students from UCLA, UC Davis, UOP, San Jose State, as well as various community organizations. Theses past few years have shown that LMASP students have the diligence and ability to share Little Manila's deep history and roots in Stockton, and develop a passion and love for their community all at the same time.

Our program has taken field trips to cities and schools outside of Stockton. Our students have visited the prestigious campuses of UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and San Francisco State. College students organized workshops focused around the Pilipino experience in higher education. Students also attended and participated in Pilipino Cultural Nights at UC Berkeley and University of the Pacific. They have consistently attended the Pilipin@ Youth Conference at UC Davis. With donor support, we hope to continue these annual exposure trips in the near future.

Valuing Education

In addition to projects such as these students and teachers engaged in dialogue around: pre and post-colonial cause and effects on Pin@ys psychologically and sociologically, pre and post-colonial performance, art and music, past and present forms of imperialism, the Philippine American War, Balagtasan, indigenous identities, and Pin@y contributions to Hip Hop.

To push for stronger community involvement and responsibility inside and outside of the classroom, guest speakers such as community member and artist Joy Neas, Pixar art director Ricky Nierva, director Patricio Ginelsa, spoken word artist Stephen Dimal, educator Lange Luntao, graduate student Dale Maglalang, community organizations such as Manilatown Heritage Foundation, and FANHS Stockton, Bindlestiff and students from UC Davis Bridge, UC Berkeley PASS, and UOP Kilusan, have come to our classes to host many cultural, political, participatory-action research, and arts workshops.

From the beginning, the co-founders understood how education would play a major role in the historic preservation of Little Manila. It is through the Little Manila After School Program that Stockton's youth are empowered to know their history, know themselves, and understand the significance of Stockton in the larger fabric of American history.