VISION 2018 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 26th to Sunday, April 29th, 2018 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.

VISION was established in 2012 and since then, the program has had the privilege of hosting over 600 participants in our mentorship program. We have seen our mentees, mentors and volunteers use the experiences and connections they made through our program to grow into the open-minded individuals they are today. For this reason, we have decided to center this year’s theme on fostering and developing these connections. And so, we present to you the theme of VISION 2018: Bloom. This weekend-long mentorship program will focus on creating collaborative and empathetic environments through discussion-based workshops that highlight both our failures and successes. We will explore how our unique backgrounds have influenced the decisions we make as individuals and as members of our communities. Finally, we will look forward by reflecting on these different moments in our lives while drawing the parallels that affirm our resilience and our ability to continue growing. We extend this invitation to you, as we know that your participation in VISION 2018 will cultivate a space for bonds to form and to ultimately bloom into long-lasting relationships.

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 Saturday, March 3, 2018 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!
Trinh Le and Michael Bui
Cal Vietnamese Student Association VISION 2018 Directors
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