Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel. 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
The Vietnamese Youth Development Center (VYDC) Board of Directors invites you to the celebration of VYDC's 41st Anniversary at our annual fundraising gala on Thursday, April 26th, 2017, 6:00-9:00 PM at the Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel. Please join us for a delightful evening featuring guest speaker Tallia Hart, President & CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, master of ceremonies Thuy Vu, 6-time Emmy award-winning journalist and TV anchor at KQED (PBS), cultural 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.
Cody first came to VYDC as a participant in the Mayor's Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP) and later progressed to become a Community Outreach Intern in Tenderloin Leadership Group (TLG). On the first impression, Cody was shy and reserved, but after a few months and training sessions, he blossomed into a leader of the youth group. Cody recalled, "This program has taught me to step out of my comfort zone and has helped me gain more confidence. I am now surer of myself than before. As a result, I got my first job as a High School Explainer at The Exploratorium. I have seen my public speaking and communication skills improve. Without my experience at VYDC, I would not be the person I am today".