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