Vietnamese Friendship Association Programs
Saturday English School (SES)
VFA continues our in partnership with the Seattle World School to offer our weekly Saturday program, serving 156 recent-arrival students from 22 different countries increase their skills in core subjects like math, science and English. Only 50% of students in this demographic are expected to graduate from high school-- we are working to combat that statistic and create bright, hopeful futures for our youth.
The Community Action and Research Empowerment (CARE) Project
A participatory action research project where elders and college-aged youth work together to assess the strengths and needs of the Vietnamese community in Southeast Seattle, and develop a long-term plan to address those needs and advance the community.
The Youth Leadership Council
The Youth Leadership Council is an intensive program that provides training and mentorship to promising Vietnamese youth with an interest in, and potential, to step into leadership roles within our communities. This program is open to high school students, grades 9-12.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Spring 2013: VFA's Saturday English School has had its most successful year yet, serving a record 156 students, all recently arrived from 22 different countries. However, this program continues to struggle financially due to Washington's decision to waive No Child Left Behind funding, and our greatest need is for funding for this essential program.
Early 2012: VFA played a significant role in forming the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition, which is rallying immigrant and refugee communities and minorities to work together to improve schools in Southeast Seattle; the school system continues to fail minority students, and yet our communities are often not involved with efforts to change this system.
April 2012: VFA applied for and received a $93,000 grant from the City of Seattle Human Service Department to launch a job training program for Vietnamese high school students and their parents.
October 2012: This year, because of the growing population of Vietnamese-speakers in King County, election materials and ballots were provided in the Vietnamese language for the first time ever. VFA partnered with Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE) to register over 300 Vietnamese voters in 11 days in Seattle, WA.
Current need: VFA is currently seeking startup funding to launch a Vietnamese Immersion Preschool (VIP). Parents are also growing increasingly concerned about children losing their language, culture and heritage. The VIP will be the first of it’s kind. It will provide a comprehensive, high-quality early learning experience for children through Vietnamese language and cultural immersion.