VCSA places a very strong emphasis on internal and external leadership development throughout many activities and programs that the organization delivered all year round. For internal leadership development, VCSA always encourages younger members to take on important roles to lead different projects to help them build the confidence and to develop their leadership ability. VCSA applies the same principle of encouraging the young people to get involved in the leadership roles in all other projects we organized—one of the reason why our organization has grown significantly and become very well known within the Vietnamese-American community across Texas and across the nation.For Executive Board and Subcommittees of the organization, we always have a vice-chair or an assistant work with the chair or the project coordinator to "learn the ropes" and to prepare to take on the leadership role in the next term.
For external leadership development, VCSA delivers an annual youth leadership development camp called "Len Duong" (meaning "Embark on a new journey"). It has been available to all young community activists from across the nation annually since 1998. Every year, about 300 students and/or young community activists have sharpened their community skills and realized their potential as future leaders. They return each year more motivated, more equipped for and committed to community involvement. Based on the feedback we have received from campers from across the country in the last four years, and from tracking actual community involvement of each camper, the impact of these camps has been one of the biggest success stories in the Vietnamese-American community in the area for leadership development.
Per our mission statement, VCSA places an emphasis on developing youth because youth is a primordial factor in achieving our mission of building a strong Vietnamese-American community. In order for the youth to be able to take on leadership roles in their community activities, VCSA main focus since its inception is to build leadership skills and transfer of management knowledge to its young members.
Leadership development strategies of VCSA
One of the main Goals and Objectives of VCSA is "Provide opportunities for the enhancement of the Vietnamese youths knowledge of the history and culture of Vietnam." As its name specified, the core value of the organization is preserving and promoting the Vietnamese culture in younger generations in USA and create an environment where these young Vietnamese-Americans can come back to their roots, appreciate their cultural heritage and become a more confident Asian-American in the mainstream society.
Cultural awareness and Vietnamese culture preseravation and development strategies:
VCSA has always put a very strong focus on education and encourage all the young people to pursue higher education when possible. It has an annual program to recognize the outstanding academic achievement of the high school students who graduated as Valedictorians and Salutatorians. It also involves with many institutions, scientific foundations to establish different scholarship programs which encourage the students to excel in academic studies. Also as specified in the current By Law, One of VCSA Goals and Objectives is to "Promote mutual assistance, collaboration and exchange of knowledge and initiatives among professions in order to raise the living standard and the intellectual level of the Vietnamese-Americans
VCSA always strives for excellence in any projects that we carry out. We promote excellence in education, we promote excellence in business, we promote excellence in corporate world and above all, we have a certain standard for quality of all projects that we are delivering.
Volunteerism is in the heart of all VCSA members. The strength of our organization is the volume of volunteers hours that all members and friends have put in to deliver numerous community service programs all year round.