Last week I had a chance to tour a Saturday School program created by the Vietnamese Friendship Association. The program is run in conjunction with the Seattle World School at 301 21st Ave. E Seattle 98112, on Saturday – 9am-1pm. VFA’s brochure notes – “This is a multicultural academic program. Students from around the world engage in intensive English and math instruction, followed by fun team-building academic activities. Students also go on field trips to the Zoo, Aquarium, Cougar Mountain, and other fun locations.” If only I had this when I was younger! But glad to see this now.
Above are some tour pictures I took. It was obvious the diverse mix of students from all over the world. Even better yet was to see half as many were volunteers, giving up their Saturday to help, lead, inspire and teach! It’s safe to say that EDUCATION makes you not only stronger (more confidence) but collectively makes for a stronger community and country. What would happen to “the bad guys”, if they were taught love, compassion, understanding, respect along with knowledge – how would this world be?
I encourage you to support in any way you can – donations, volunteering, and dinner/lunch fund raising events. We need donations and corporate sponsorship to help with buying lunches, books, pens and other basic essential items to run a small school. We have basically maxed out our capacity and the best way to help more and more students out is to get more financial support.
If you are interested in corporate sponsorship, volunteering or helping out here and there, please contact Elise Overcash, Volunteer Engagement Specialist at VFA. To sign up or for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 252-2241. I am planning on giving a talk here early next year for the students and their parents.
Miki is a renowned motivational speaker and author. He appeared in the 2015 Oscar nominated film "The Last Days in Vietnam" directed and produced by Rory Kennedy, the youngest daughter of Robert F. Kennedy. He often speaks to others on the ways in which they can better their lives. His history is well documented in the documentary that shares the amazing story of his father Ba Van Nguyen and his bravery during the last few days in the Fall of Saigon. His message is one of enlightenment and courage. Miki has overcome many obstacles as he and his family worked hard to create a life in the United States while their homeland was being torn apart. Through his father’s example of courage and commitment to a better life for his family Miki is inspired to be the best he can be and be of service to others by sharing his and his family’s experiences in an effort to give hope to all refugees who take the enormous risks of leaving everything behind in hopes of a better life.
Miki is available for speaking engagements on a number of topics and also has a new book to be published soon that will offer instruction and inspiration through the recanting of his life and his experiences in this extraordinary world we all call home. For more information visit http://www.mikinguyen.com