October 2016 Newsletter

October 2016
We hope that your fall is off to a good start. We are excited to share updates on VietAID’s programs, as well as news about VietAID’s staff. More information, including multiple job openings, below!
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Au Co Pre-School

June 2016 Au Co Pre-School Graduation

June 2016 Au Co Pre-School Graduation

VietAID’s Au Co Pre-School had a fun graduation ceremony in June 2016 as we bid farewell (for now!) to the 18 students graduating out of our pre-school program. All 18 students were well prepared to start in the Boston Public Schools this fall. Au Co Pre-School ran its programs as usual during the summer months, with a continued focus on the physical, mental, social, and academic enrichment of our young students. We are also excited to share that during VietAID’s Scholarly Program for Youth (VSPY) summer program for children in grades 1 through 8, seven children who graduated from Au Co Pre-School in 2015 returned to join the VSPY group. These children had completed a successful first year in the Boston Public Schools and were among the most advanced students in their classes. Our fall pre-school program is continuing according to schedule, and we are still enrolling new students to fill several remaining open spots.

VietAID Scholarly Program for Youth (VSPY)

Piers Park Sailing Trip

Piers Park Sailing Trip

The VietAID Scholarly Program for Youth (VSPY) runs a six-week program every summer for rising 1st – 8th graders. This summer, we had 98 students enrolled in our program, which featured a weekly field trip program to visit cultural, historical, natural, and fun spaces around the Greater Boston Area, including the Harvard Museum, Chinatown, the Freedom Trail, the Institute of Contemporary Art Museum, the Children’s Museum, Carson Beach, the Museum of Fine Arts, the MIT Museum, Alexander Kemp Playground, Joe Moakley Park, the Commonwealth Museum, the Mary Baker Eddy Library, the Aquarium, Thompson Island, Piers Park Sailing, Spectacle Island, and the Museum of Science. We also partnered with Tenacity, All Dorchester Sports League, the New England Revolution, and Citi Performing Arts – City Spotlights Leadership Program to provide physical education and arts programming for the students.

VSPY visit to Harvard University

VSPY visit to Harvard University

VSPY continued its college readiness programming this summer, taking our rising 7th and 8th graders on college tours to Suffolk University and Harvard University. These visits were a great opportunity for our students to visit different campuses and underscore the importance of the work they are putting into their education right now. VSPY also added a new social justice curriculum to promote discussions about class, gender, the Black Lives Matter movement, police brutality, and the long history of racism and violence in America. This was a critical learning space for our youth to think about how social justice issues affect them personally and the roles and responsibilities they can assume to support social justice work.

We celebrated the end of summer with a family potluck that gave students the chance to share their work and put on performances for the community.

We currently have 68 students enrolled in our fall program, which began in October. We have new partnerships with the LEAH Project to provide science activities to our 1st – 3rd graders, as well as partnerships with the Cleveland Community Center, Fields Corner Library, and the All Dorchester Sports League. This fall, we will introduce an ethnic studies class for our students to learn more about different holidays and the stories behind them.

VietAID Leadership Alliance (VALA)

The VietAID Leadership Alliance (VALA) provides leadership, employment, and academic opportunities for high school youths. This summer, 15 high school youths were hired through VALA to work as teaching assistants and assistant counselors for VietAID’s VSPY program. Another four volunteered as all-day counselors. Eleven of these youths are VSPY alums who participated in VSPY when they were younger.

Summer 2016 VSPY Staff from VALA

Summer 2016 VSPY Staff from VALA

In addition to working at VSPY, VALA youth engaged in weekly workshops about how racism and classism affect our education system and life outcomes, meeting with a group of Vietnamese-American women leaders who talked about their personal educational journeys, why they decided to be educators, and the role of community work in their professions. Also during our summer program, VALA collaborated with various organizations through the AWAY (Allies Working with Asian Youth) network to facilitate a three-week workshop series on the harmful dominant narrative about Muslim communities, Muslims’ experiences with racialized violence, and issues of xenophobia and racism. At the end of the summer, VALA youth had an opportunity to practice how they would intervene in harmful scenarios and stand up against anti-Muslim behavior. Through these and other workshops, VALA aims to maximize our youth’s vision of becoming local educators and community leaders.

This fall, we have 25 high school youths enrolled in VALA (13 of whom are VSPY alums) and acting as VSPY After-School volunteers, helping our 1st through 8th graders with homework and assisting group leaders during enrichment activities. In the coming months, VALA will be launching another year of youth leadership development programming, both engaging a new cohort of youth participants and continuing to engage with last year’s cohort.

New Support for VietAID

We are excited to announce that we have received three new grants to support our programs and make needed improvements to the community center.

The Liberty Mutual Foundation has provided us with a $20,000 grant in support of the educational activities of the VietAID Leadership Alliance (VALA).
The Franklin Square House Foundation has awarded an $18,000 grant to fund infrastructure improvements at Au Co preschool.
The Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation has given a $10,000 grant to support our Fields Corner development program to revitalize the Fields Corner community through real estate development (including the construction of affordable “green” housing and community spaces), civic engagement, and asset development.

We are extremely grateful to these partners for their ongoing support of our work!

Staff Updates at VietAID

We are excited to announce that Eric Fellinger has joined the team as the Director of Real Estate. Eric brings experience from a diversity of perspectives to this position. As a professional planner, he has worked for agencies at the state, regional, and local levels, and has sat on a number of development and design review boards. Eric has also worked as a private consultant in permitting for real estate and transportation. For several years, Eric has been primarily focused on raising his three children who are now 6, 8, and 10 years old, and has re-entered the full-time workforce in order to join VietAID.

We are also pleased to share that Jeff Katz, MPA, MSW is serving as Interim Executive Director. A senior non-profit consultant, Jeff specializes in organizational development, fundraising, and management. He was Executive Director of two organizations, including Adoption Rhode Island, for 14 years. He has served as an Interim Executive Director for 8 organizations, each time resulting in a turnaround. In addition to his work as a non-profit consultant, Jeff is a nationally recognized child welfare expert. He has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston University.

We’re hiring!

We are actively searching to fill open positions at VietAID, including Director of Development and Youth Program Social Worker. For more information or to apply, contact us at Please share these postings with anyone who may be a good fit!

2016: Hiring Director of Development

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VietAID was created in 1994 by community leaders who believed that a community-based development corporation would provide comprehensive economic development programs and services to reduce poverty and alienation in the Vietnamese community of Fields Corner (a Dorchester neighborhood). VietAID’s mission is to build a strong Vietnamese community and a vibrant Fields Corner through the following measures: promoting civic engagement; building affordable housing and commercial development; providing small business technical assistance and micro-enterprise development; and offering high quality child care services.

Job Summary:
The Director of Development is responsible for overseeing all aspects of fundraising related to the organization, including grant writing, annual appeals, fundraising events, donor relations, and individual donations. The new Director of Development will have the opportunity to implement a strong fundraising program from the ground up.

Major Responsibilities:

The position will report to the Executive Director.

The position’s primary responsibilities include:
• Conducting the full range of activities required to research foundations, and prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to private foundations and corporate sources to support VietAID’s mission.
• Working with VietAID’s Board of Directors to develop strong relationships with community supporters.
• Designing and executing a strategy for increasing contributions of individual donors and through fundraising events.
• Overseeing and planning an annual fundraising event.
• Leading the process to select, install, and populate a database of members and donors and ensure agency wide usage.
• Working with program staff on providing funding reports to funders as outlined in their contracts.

• Bachelor or advanced degree.
• Minimum of 5 years of experience and proven track record of success in fundraising and communications.
• Proven ability to identify, cultivate, and sustain relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations.
• Strong skills in foundation research and grant writing.
• Track record of commitment to community development, social justice, and/or immigrant communities.
• Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Self-starter who is comfortable building a strong development department. Strong interpersonal skills and collaborative, energetic approach. Good organizational skills.
• Experience working in low-income and multi-ethnic communities.

To apply, send cover, resume, and two writing samples to Put “Director of Development” in the subject line.

2016: Hiring Youth Program Social Worker

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VietAID Scholarly Program for Youth (VSPY): VSPY is an After School program during the academic calendar and a day Summer Camp during July through August providing academic support and enrichment activities to predominantly Vietnamese American youth, local youth from Dorchester, and VietAID’s housing developments.

Position Overview: Social Worker will coordinate the socio-emotional learning program for first through eighth graders in VietAID Youth Program, provide general social work services to youth and support the overall program with the socio-emotional wellness activities for our youth. This is a part-time, one-year position starting with After School from September through May and summer day camp during July and August.

Start Date: September, 2016


Facilitation and Curriculum:
• Create and implement a social-emotional learning curriculum for fifth through eighth grade youth.

Socio-emotional Support/Counseling:
• Facilitate individualized social emotional support and counseling for a group of youth
• Work with group leaders and program staff to better support youth socio-emotionally by providing training and technical assistance
• Conduct one-on-one sessions with students as needed, for support
• Create, implement, and track behavior improvement plans

Case Management:
• Provide referrals for participants and families as necessary
• Work collaboratively with staff to identify children and families who are in need of mental health or outside case management services

Program Support:
• Conduct classroom observations to assess the needs of individual students and overall programs
• Assess staff training needs around socio-emotional learning and behavior management and provide appropriate training to meet those needs

• Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW)
• Ability to facilitate individual and group work.
• Have experience with social emotional learning curriculum development and implementation.
• Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
• Effective planning, organizational, and time management skills and keen attention to detail.
• Ability to multi-task and to respond flexibly to a fluid and evolving program environment.
• Commitment to social justice and cultural responsiveness; knowledge/experience working with bilingual, immigrant youth and youth of color for at least two years
• Bilingual in Vietnamese is preferred/helpful

Job Type: Part Time/Contract basis
Salary: hourly rate commensurate based on experience

Please send resume and cover letter to:
Mr. Thanh Nguyen, Youth Program Director

2016-2017: Hiring educators for afterschool youth program

2016-youth-hiringProgram Description:
VietAID is running an afterschool youth program for seventy five students in 1st through 8th grade for the academic year 2016-2017. We are seeking responsible, caring and enthusiastic people to serve as educators for our program. We provide daily snacks, homework tutoring, games, recreation and enrichment activities for our students. We are located in the Vietnamese-American Community Center at 42 Charles St. in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood.

Job Hours, Pay Rate, and Dates:
The program will run from Monday October 3rd, 2016 – May 26th, 2017 on days when Boston Public Schools are in session and training begins the week of September 19th-September 23rd. Staff shifts are generally from 3:00pm-6:00pm, with occasional flexible hours for our monthly required staff meetings and prep time. Teachers will work minimum two to maximum five days per week, depending on staffing and availability. At the time of hiring, staff will commit to working for the fall semester at a set schedule. Afterschool teachers will be paid between $10-$12 per hour depending on experience and responsibilities.

Afterschool teachers will hold a high school diploma or equivalent, preferably with college enrollment or degree in field related to education or child care. Experience working with school-aged children is required, and classroom teaching experience is preferred. Knowledge of the Dorchester community and Vietnamese culture is strongly preferred, and ability to work in a culturally sensitive manner with diverse communities is required. Knowledge of Vietnamese, Spanish, French, Haitian Creole or Cape Verdean Creole language is a plus, but no previous knowledge of a foreign language is necessary.

Above all, applicants MUST LOVE working with youth and have a passion for giving back to their community while inspiring others to do the same!

Job Responsibilities:

I. Training: All teachers will participate in training prior to the start of the program in addition to helping out at our parent orientation meeting on October 1st, and will be required to attend continuing staff meetings and trainings held on a monthly basis throughout the year to address changing needs of the program and the students.

II. Academics: Each day, teachers will be responsible for formal and informal academic instruction in a large group format. Teachers will design and implement age-appropriate lessons with the support of VietAID staff that aligns with Common Core learning standards. Teachers will assist with homework daily, ensuring that all homework is complete and correct.

III. Enrichment and Recreation Activities: Each day, teachers will also supervise recreational and enrichment activities. Teachers will be responsible for planning activities and ensuring that they are safe and age-appropriate. Teachers will also accompany and chaperone students on off-site trips (library, gym, pool, etc.).

IV. Safety and Behavior Management: VSPY implements a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports system that must be followed by all staff. Teachers must maintain the VSPY Classroom Philosophy that encourages curiosity and freedom to explore topics in which the students are interested. Teachers must uphold the highest safety precautions at all times, including but not limited to, providing students with direct instruction on safety procedures, re-teaching as necessary, and holding groups back from activities if they are not safe.

V. Supervising volunteers and teen employees: The afterschool program will have volunteers and/or high school employees who will be under the supervision of teachers. Teachers will be responsible for helping them fulfill job duties and acting as supportive mentors, allowing them to have a role in shaping the quality of the program. Teachers will also be responsible for communicating regularly with their direct supervisor to ensure a strong support system for our teens.

VI. Tracking and Evaluation: Teachers will track and evaluate progress of students daily. This may be done electronically using Google Drive, so prior experience with Google Spreadsheets is helpful.

VII. Additional Responsibilities: Teachers will oversee snack and break times to ensure student safety. Additional responsibilities can included but are not limited to, walking students from the bus to program and assisting with events like the parent orientation, staff meetings, family potlucks, check-ins with Youth Director etc. Teachers will generally assist the Youth Director in the administration of the program and will be expected to perform duties outside of their direct classroom commitments.

Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis, Priority Deadline September 9th
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter stating your interest in the position, relevant experience, and days of availability to Thanh Nguyen at

Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, Inc.
42 Charles Street, Suite E,
Dorchester, Massachusetts 02122
Tel: 617.822.3717
Fax: 617.822.3718