VYDC 40th Anniversary Gala: Celebrating 40 Years of Resiliency, Empowerment & Transformation

June 15, 2017 @ 6:00PM — 9:00PM

Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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This year, the Vietnamese Youth Development Center (VYDC), a San Francisco 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. To celebrate and honor the resilience of the Southeast Asian community and the impact of VYDC's 40 years of service, we will be hosting our annual fund raising gala on Thursday, June 15th, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel. Please save the date for a wonderful evening filled with great food, drinks, special performances, and a silent auction.

For the past 40 years, VYDC has provided compassionate, effective, and much-needed social services to empower underserved youth and struggling, hard-working families. VYDC was originally founded in 1977 to help Southeast Asian refugee and immigrant youth living primarily in the Tenderloin District assimilate into a new country and culture. VYDC has since grown from a one-room office offering translation services, English as a Second Language programs, and vocational classes to a locally and nationally recognized multi-service center serving youth of all backgrounds throughout San Francisco. Today, VYDC provides employment, leadership development, academic support, translation, and health and wellness programs to more than 500 youth every year.

Meet some of our participants:

SEAMHI Youth Wrote Letters To Jane Kim (District 6 Supervisor)

Six letters were written by the participants in SEAMHI (Southeast Asian Mental Health Initiative) to express community issues such as low income housing, equal wage, public safety, and homelessness. 60 signatures from the community were collected to support their efforts. "I think you should make a law for the low income people to have a lower rent so they can stay in San Francisco. Please let me know how I can help you." (A SEAMHI participant).

Preston Phan landed a job at Linkedin

Preston came to VYDC as a homeless Vietnamese American who was struggling to find a job to survive in San Francisco. After completing job readiness training with community partner Code TL, Preston worked with VYDC Employment Specialists and secured an Apprentice Software Engineer position with Linkedin. He recalled, "I can't express enough how much I appreciate VYDC Employment specialists during my hardship. VYDC not only gave me employment opportunity but also gave me the emotional support and that means a lot to me".

TFP youth leader featured on ABC7

On March 8th 2017, Tobacco Free Project (TFP) youth leader, Steve Ung participated in the State-wide "Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community" press conference at the Radmen Agricultural Supermarket in Tenderloin. This press event was hosted by the SF Department of Public Health and was broadcast on ABC7, KCBS and Epoch times."There are corner stores on every block in the TL. I was a little nervous about surveying these stores because some have bad reputations. I saw a lot more fruits and vegetables than I expected to find. But, there was still a lot of unhealthy things like huge varieties of cheap alcohol and tobacco." - Steve Ung, TFP youth advocate.
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Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel
609 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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