Founded in 1994 to preserve and promote Vietnamese culture, VNLC has grown to encompass serving the greater community in our mission statement. To realize our goal of community outreach and sharing the Vietnamese culture, we run several tutorial and cultural projects.
With our Friday Tutorial, we provide free Vietnamese language lessons and cultural studies classes to college students here on the UCLA campus. Our Saturday Tutorial program, which takes place in the San Fernando Valley area, offers Vietnamese language classes to children of age five to high school. In the same area, our REACHE (Rendering Encouragement in Academic Commitment for Higher Education) project makes available to students at Canoga Park High School the opportunity to receive tutoring for all academic subjects.
Every year, we put together a Tet Festival at UCLA both to celebrate the Vietnamese New Year and to expand the understanding of the Vietnamese culture. Additionally, we collaborate with VAALA (Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association) on many artistic and cultural projects, one of which is ViFF, the first-ever Vietnamese International Film Festival. Furthermore, we are planning a new project which involves traveling back to Vietnam to serve the community there.
VNLC is not simply a community service organization but is also a close family that has a lot of fun together. New members often give as their reason for joining VNLC the fact that they felt very welcome and that the older members make a big effort in making them feel at home. Aside from the volunteer work, we also have many fun activities like ice skating, bowling, skiing at Big Bear, camping at Yosemite, and much more!
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