VISION 2017 Mentor Application
Dear Applicant,

VISION is looking for your help! VISION, a mentorship program under Vietnamese Student Association at the University of California Berkeley, recognizes and understands the significance of the historical, cultural and contemporary issues the Vietnamese and Vietnamese American communities face. VISION aims to foster and encourage high school students to take away what they learn and gain from our program to become leaders of their own communities. Fundamentally, VISION empowers students to embrace their individual identities as well as the heritage of the Vietnamese culture. In order to make this program successful, we are calling upon passionate and dedicated individuals who would like to guide students as VISION mentors!
Note*: It is not a requirement to be a student at the University of California Berkeley to be a mentor. Also, if you do not identify as Vietnamese, you are still more than welcomed to apply. We want mentors who are passionate about helping and empowering students regardless if they identify as Vietnamese.

VISION is an all-expense paid, 4-day, 3-night mentorship program from Thursday, April 6th to Sunday, April 9th, 2017 that will take place on the University of California, Berkeley campus. This program is meant as an opportunity not only for high school students to gain the necessary tools to harness their leadership potential, but it is also a chance for mentors to grow as facilitators and instill change within motivated youths.

The theme for VISION 2017 is Tenacity. By definition, tenacity refers to the act of gripping onto something firmly. Moving past its literal meaning, however, the word also represents the strength to move forward and accomplish future goals, by employing past knowledge to fortify our resiliency and understanding of the present.Throughout the weekend, we will hold workshops that explore how tenacity can be used to symbolize not only perseverance, but also acknowledgment of our rich, cultural roots that play a role in the decisions we make. We hope to instill the same kind of resilience in our participants by encouraging our mentees to uncover their unique strengths and weaknesses, forge connections between their cultural past and future, and foster lasting bonds that will extend beyond this program.

As a mentor, we hope that you would be able to guide mentees through these conversations, while you go through this program yourself. You are not expected to know everything, and we also hope that you would be able to take away something meaningful for yourself.

In addition to the conversations we will have in our workshops during VISION, you will also have the opportunity to attend Cal VSA’s Culture Show, which highlights a contemporary issue that affects the Vietnamese community.

We encourage you to apply as a mentor to our program! The application is DUE on Friday, February 24th, 2017 at 11:59pm PST.

Also, if you know anyone who might be interested in participating in this program as a mentee, please have them fill out this form:

Thank you for your time and interest!
Christie Ngo and Hien Nguyen
Cal Vietnamese Student Association VISION 2017 Directors
University of California, Berkeley

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