Afterschool Teaching Positions Open at VietAID

Viet-AID’s Scholarly Program for Youth (V-SPY)
Afterschool Teacher Job Description

About the organization: The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID) was founded in 1994 by community leaders and residents who believed that a community development corporation would provide comprehensive economic development programs and services to alleviate poverty and advance civic participation in the Fields Corner Vietnamese community of Dorchester. Viet-AID’s mission is to build a strong Vietnamese community and a vibrant Fields Corner through the following measures: promoting civic engagement and community building; developing affordable housing and commercial space; providing small business technical assistance and micro-enterprise development; and offering high quality child care services.

Program Description: Viet-AID is running an after-school youth program, V-SPY, for seventy five students in grades one through eight in the 2013-2014 school year. Students are identified as at-risk by partner elementary and middle schools. The program is located in the Vietnamese-American Community Center at 42 Charles St. in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, and students come from immigrant communities in Dorchester. We are looking for dynamic, excited people to teach our students—as a member of this year’s program, you will have a critical role in shaping the program for years to come. The after-school program provides academic lessons, homework help, recreation, and enrichment activities to students each day.

Requirements/Skills: After-School 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, or Cape Verdean Creole language also preferred.

Job Responsibilities:
I. Training: All teachers will participate in training prior to the start of the program during the week of September 16th, 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 its students.
II. Academics: Each day, teachers will be responsible for formal and informal academic instruction in a large-group format. Teachers will implement curriculum with the support of Viet-AID staff that aligns with Common Core learning standards. Teachers will assist with homework daily.
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 Discipline: Teachers will be responsible for overseeing the behavior of students, ensuring that all activities are safe and appropriate. They will also be responsible for implementing discipline in an appropriate manner that follows the program’s positive behavior intervention and support system.
V. Supervising volunteers and teen employees: The after-school 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 be expected to communicate regularly with the volunteer supervisor to ensure that all of our high school staff/volunteers are receiving adequate supports to help guarantee their success as a teaching assistant and to provide them with a positive and rewarding experience.
VI. Additional Responsibilities: Teachers will oversee snack and break times to ensure student safety. Teachers are expected to attend certain events outside of program time including, but not limited to, open houses, monthly staff meetings, family events, check-ins with the Youth Program Manager, field trips, etc. Teachers will generally assist the Youth Program Manager in the administration of the program and will be expected to perform duties outside of their direct classroom commitments.

Job Hours and Dates:
The program will take place from September 23, 2013-June 13, 2014 on days when Boston Public Schools are in session from 3:00-6:00pm, and training for teachers will begin the week of September 16th. Teachers will work three to 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. After-school teachers will be paid $10-$12 per hour depending on experience and responsibilities.

Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis; Priority Deadline is September 9th
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter stating your interest in the position, relevant experience, and dates of availability to Marisa Imôn at marisa@vietaid.org or by fax at 617-822-3718.

MỸ GALA 2013

NATION’S FIRST VIETNAMESE-AMERICAN COMMUNITY CENTER TO CELEBRATE 2nd ANNUAL MỸ GALA

BOSTON – August 30, 2013 – Viet-AID, a non-profit organization in the Fields Corner neighborhood of Dorchester, will host its second annual gala event to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Vietnamese-American Community Center (Viet-AID Center). Mỹ Gala is the culmination of decades of civic participation by Vietnamese immigrants and refugees who, since 1975, have worked to build a strong and active community in Boston. The gala will be held on October 5, 2013 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm at the IBEW Hall at 256 Freeport St., Boston, MA 02122. Last year, more than 600 people attended this event. Tickets are $100 per person. Special prices are available for students and seniors.

In Vietnamese, America is called Mỹ or beautiful country. The second annual Mỹ Gala “Growing Roots in Our Community” will celebrate how refugees and immigrants have found their American Dream and enhanced the lives of others along the way. It is an American tale of how America continues her great tradition of opening doors to strangers helping them begin new lives. It is a story of new and long-time residents of a city coming together to improve their neighborhood.

Mỹ Gala will be co-chair by Andy Davis, president of Carney Hospital, and James P. Collins III, president of New England Business Partners. This year we will honor Mr. Newell Flather, founder of the Gants Managers Advisors (GMA), and Ms. Nina Hang Nguyen, Esq., of HNN Law Office, PC for their outstanding contributions to the community. Our young leaders will also be recognized. There will be Vietnamese food, live music, and cultural entertainment by diverse talents from our local communities. We expect to have 500 Bostonians attending this exciting event.

The proceeds of the second Mỹ Gala will fund our family and youth initiatives including the After School Program, Summer Camp, Early Education, and Parental Support Services. More information about the event and the work of Viet-AID can be found at http://www.vietaid.org or by calling 617.822.3717×10.

About Viet-AID
Founded in 1994, Viet-AID is the first and only grassroots community development corporation in the U.S. founded and operated by Vietnamese refugees and immigrants. Located in Boston’s Fields Corner-Dorchester neighborhood, Viet-AID’s mission is to build a strong, contributing Vietnamese-American community in Boston and a vibrant Fields Corner. Viet-AID has developed 125 affordable housing units, 30,000 sf of commercial space, Viet-AID Community Center, Au-Co Preschool, family and youth programs, cultural and civic engagement initiatives. More than 50,000 immigrants & refugees utilize our services and program every years.

Contact
Nam Pham – Executive Director – Viet-AID
Office: 617.822.3717×13 or Mobile: 857.919.7153

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Mỹ GALA SPONSORSHIPS

ÂU CƠ SPONSOR – $15,000

Âu Cơ is the mythical mother of all Vietnamese people. It is also the name of Viet-AID’s bilingual preschool program serving diverse youngsters in Dorchester.

Âu Cơ sponsorship will include the following benefits:
Prominent corporate logo displayed on-site
Welcoming remark
Your corporate logo will be included on all print and digital marketing materials
20 tickets to the Gala
Acknowledgement at the beginning of the Gala
Recognition in our program booklet with a full cover page ad

LẠC VIỆT SPONSOR – $10,000

Lạc Việt is the original name of Vietnamese people. It is the name of our biggest affordable housing development and retail space that was built to be LEED Silver certifiable and Energy Star compliant, incorporating a number of sustainable and green features to lower energy costs.

Lạc Việt sponsorship will include the following benefits:
Your corporate logo will be displayed on-site and included on all print and digital marketing materials
10 tickets to the Gala
Acknowledgement at the beginning of the Gala
Recognition in our program booklet with a full cover page ad

DIÊN HỒNG SPONSOR – $7,500

Diên Hồng was the site of Vietnam’s first national referendum in 1284. It has become the symbol for unity of all Vietnamese people. It is also the name of the Center’s Great Hall, where all community groups in Dorchester can hold their meetings or events.

Diên Hồng sponsorship will include the following benefits:
Your corporate logo will be displayed on-site and included on all print and digital marketing materials
10 tickets to the Gala
Acknowledgement at the beginning of the Gala
Recognition in our program booklet with a full page ad

AN LỘC SPONSOR – $5,000

An Lộc means stability and luck and is the name of our newest affordable rental housing development, opened in July 2012

An Lộc sponsorship will include the following benefits:
Your corporate logo will be displayed on-site
10 tickets to the Gala
Acknowledgement at the beginning of our program
Half page ad in the program booklet

AN BÌNH SPONSOR – $2,500

An Bình stands for stability and peace and is the name of our first community garden.

An Bình sponsorship will include the following benefits:
Recognition as a supporter at the beginning of the program
8 tickets to the Gala
Quarter page ad in our program booklet

ĐIỂM HẸN SPONSOR – $1,000

Điểm Hẹn means destination in Vietnamese. Viet-AID strives to build a strong Vietnamese American community and a vibrant Fields Corner neighborhood that will become a diverse cultural and business destination.

Điểm Hẹn sponsorship will include the following benefits:
Recognition as a donor
4 ticket to our event
Listing in our program booklet

BẠN HỮU SPONSOR – $500

Bạn Hữu means friends in Vietnamese.

Bạn Hữu sponsorship will include the following benefit:
Listing in the program book.
1 Ticket to the Gala

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First Official Public Meeting of The Boston Vietnamese-American Council (BVAC): Thursday, August 29, 2013

WE WANT YOU TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE BOSTON VIETNAMESE-AMERICAN COUNCIL
Our First Official Public BVAC Meeting is Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Boston Vietnamese-American Council (BVAC) is a community-based group created in response to the fast growing population and demand for stronger community involvement of Vietnamese-Americans in the greater Boston area. BVAC will promote the social, economic, cultural, educational, and political advancement of the Vietnamese community in Massachusetts.

BVAC members will serve as advocates for the Vietnamese community via networking and community engagement to seek greater access to resources from government and nongovernmental programs and entitlements.

Current BVAC members are those who are actively engaged in local communities. We have different experiences and contributions, but we have one thing in common, that is the voluntary spirit in building a stronger Vietnamese community.

Some of the proposed issues to be added to our agenda for 2013 are:

1. Encourage the Vietnamese to engage in the re-establishment of the Fields Corner Civic Association in order for the Vietnamese community to have a voice in decisions related to Fields Corner, where the Vietnamese population is most concentrated in Boston
2. Advocate for Vietnamese immigrants who need job-training skills and workplace bilingual education
3. Create a Boston Vietnamese-American Political Action Committee (BVAPAC) to actively participate in the politics that affect our well-being

The Steering Committee of BVAC respectfully invites you to join us at our first official meeting scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at our BVAC office located on 1157 Dorchester Ave, 2nd floor, Dorchester. Please call and tell us whether you plan to attend this historic meeting and let your voice be heard on behalf of our community. Call us now at 617-794-4642 or email us at BVACinfo@yahoo.com.

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