2022 marks the fifth year of SEEDS (Student Engagement and Education for Development and Success), a summer youth program hosted by the Vietnamese American Roundtable created to train and grow future community leaders who can address community issues.
The SEEDS Program is open to high school and college students from ages 14-24, and all sessions are open on a drop-in basis from the Program Kick-Off and Orientation on June 11th to the Community Showcase on August 6th, 2022.
Through the course of the summer-long program, student participants, with the guidance and facilitation of professional mentors from VAR and its partners will participate in curated community spaces, workshops, and project-planning sessions to learn about, identify, and address historical and current issues impacting the local Vietnamese, Southeast Asian, and AAPI communities.
For this year’s program, SEEDS sessions will take place on the following Saturday mornings and afternoons:
-Saturday, June 11th, 2022 from 10am to 2pm: Program Kick-Off and Orientation
-Saturday, June 18th, 2022 from 10am to 1pm: Refugee History: Exodus and Resettlement
-Saturday, June 25th, 2022 from 10am to 1pm: Little Saigon Vietnamese American Political Political Power Tour and Scavenger Hunt
-Saturday, July 2nd: Holiday Break
-Saturday, July 9th from 10am to 1pm: Storytelling for Sustainability: Food, Legacy, and Identities
-Saturday, July 16th, 2022 from 10am to 1pm: “Things School Doesn’t Teach You” Professional Development and Career Building
-Saturday, July 23rd, 2022 from 10am to 1pm: South Bay Solidarity Building Picnic and Potluck
-Saturday, July 30th, 2022 | Arts and Expressing Our Origin Stories
-Saturday, August 6th from 10am to 2pm: Community Showcase
For each session, the locations will vary depending on the topic, and registered students will receive detailed logistics for each session at least a week prior to the session date.
Students will engage directly with topics such as refugee and immigrant histories and migration, anti-AAPI hate and violence, and racial and social justice as they imagine potential solutions, equip themselves with skills and knowledge to identify issues, and take action to advocate for the communities that they come from.
Additional Resources for Students:
** To help with transportation, VAR will be offering travel expenses and reimbursement to any student with financial need.
** Scholarships (10)of $100 are available to students who attend a majority of sessions.
** All program and lesson materials (textbooks, PDF articles) will be provided at no cost for participants. Registrants will receive exclusive Vietnamese American Roundtable and SEEDS merchandise — available in limited supply.
** Registrations are strongly encouraged to reserve your space in the program! Drop-ins will be welcomed. 
For more information, please email seeds@varoundtable.org, visit https://varoundtable.org, or follow VAR on Facebook and Instagram @varoundtable.