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Mission & Strategy

Mission

VietHope was founded in 2002 by a group of university students in the Boston area. Coming together from all corners of the U.S. and the world, they shared a common idealism and energy. What began as an informal discussion about Vietnam evolved into a circle of friendship. Within this circle, our founders shared with each other their dreams for Vietnam, and their desire to make a difference in the lives of everyday people there. Thus VietHope was born as a dedication to youth and to Vietnam’s development.

VietHope’s founders believed that development must be based on long-term and sustainable results, and that people and human capital development are necessary for such results. VietHope shares the dream that every child in Vietnam will grow up with the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. Therefore, our mission is to empower financially disadvantaged students in Vietnam to access education and rise out of poverty.

With our help,

these students will beat the odds.

They will create a better world

for themselves, their families and their communities.

strategy

Empowering low-income youth to rise out of poverty is a long-term investment. Over the years, we have observed the impact of our own programs’ successes and gaps. Based on this, VietHope has built a portfolio of strategic and sustainable programs that equip low-income youth with the skills and strengths needed to truly beat the odds. VietHope follows the two-pronged strategy outlined below.

Strategic, Sustained Programming

Find and support talent

MSP

Merit Scholarship Program

  • Students grades 6-12
  • $150/scholarship
Merit recipients with VietHope staff (2009)

USP

University Scholarship Program

  • First-year college students
  • $300/scholarship
USP recipients receiving award from VietHope staff (2010)

build community and leadership

YDP

Youth Development Program

  • Rising college sophomores
  • 7-day summer Summit
  • Cost $250/student
USP recipients at the Summit, having built a garden for an arphanage outside of Saigon. (2009)

YWP

Youth Workshop Program

  • Students grades 6-12
  • 4-day Camp
  • Cost $50/student
Merit recipients in a half-day session of GRACE Camp, in a collaborative painting excercise to draw “Courage”. (2014)
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