WESTMINSTER, CA, June 28, 2012 – The 2011-2012 Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations — Council of Regional Representatives presents the first ever online leadership development resource site specifically catered to developing Vietnamese American and Canadian leaders.
The site aims to attract those seeking continual growth to lead their respective communities while being culturally aware of their Vietnamese roots. VSAcademy.org will be launched and readily accessible to the public on July 1st, 2012.
VSAcademy is an online resource containing workshop recordings from national, regional, and local summits and conferences, archived virtual leadership trainings, current events news segments, and originally produced cultural education content. All of the site’s resources are available to anyone, free of charge regardless if they are in high-school, a member of a collegiate VSA, or a UVSA executive/alumni.
The idea of this online resource stemmed from a regional caucus held in Denver, Colorado at the 8th annual UNAVSA conference last August. Together, regions across the US and Canada discussed the most pertinent issues concerning Vietnamese youth in each region.
The regions ranked the top four issues they wanted UNAVSA to focus on for the following year. The results from this effort were coined the National Agenda and included leadership development, cultural resources, current events, and civic engagement.
To uphold the commitment to all the regions, UNAVSA immediately worked on creating a proposal to move these projects along and engaged CORR to lead the initiatives. Ultimately, four committees were developed with each focusing on one area of the National Agenda.
The success of each committee lead and staffed by CORR and other UNAVSA members and supporters has been unimaginable. Since this is the first time an effort like this has been attempted in the history of VSAs across the continent, there were a lot of unknowns in working these projects.
Fortunately, each committee pulled through with determination, dedication, and innovation to ensure the projects all get successfully completed. Through collaboration and hard work, VSAcademy was born to showcase the work that the committees have dedicated the majority of their time this past year on.
The future of VSAcademy is limitless. By leveraging technology UNAVSA and its constituents have the ability to connect with the community’s brightest minds no matter where they are — distance cannot and will not be a limiting factor. The Council of Regional Representatives welcomes any feedback, encouragement, and/or contribution. Please e-mail them at [email protected].
The Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization, was founded in 2004 on the principle of empowering the next generation of Vietnamese youth with self-awareness, passion for change and propensity for leadership. UNAVSA is a family of Vietnamese youth organizations working together to advance the interests of Vietnamese youth in order to build a stronger Vietnamese community at home and abroad.