WASHINGTON (March 15, 2012) — The White House on Thursday honored Tak Nguyen from the University of California-Los Angeles as one of five young leaders being recognized as Champions of Change for outstanding leadership on their campus.
Last fall, the White House announced the launch of the Campus Champions of Change Challenge. After reviewing a record number of entries, fifteen Challenge finalists were announced and the public chose the top five projects they think best embody the President’s goal to win the future.
In addition to being invited to the White House, these five Campus Champions of Change will have the opportunity to work with mtvU, and MTV Act to create short features about their projects that will air on mtvU and be featured on MTV.com.
“Young people have always been at the forefront of movements of change. I am so proud of these students and their campuses for their innovative work to improve communities all across America,” said President Obama. “I hope their brilliant example will inspire Americans of all ages to come together to support an America that’s built to last.”
Thach “Tak” Nguyen is Co-Founder and CFO of “Swipes for the Homeless” Non-Profit Organization. Immigrating from Vietnam at a very young age, Tak’s ambition stems from his humble childhood beginnings and the support of his working class parents who taught him that the opportunities we have today are the products of the sacrifices from generations before him.
Tak deals with the internal operations of the organization, with a specific focus on talent management and grooming future leaders. His professional experience ranges from business development to project management in Fortune 50 companies such as The Walt Disney Company and Target Corporation.
The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
To learn more about our Champions go to www.whitehouse.gov/champions.