$30,000 /2012, 2013
New Orleans, LA
Minh Nguyen, Executive Director
One year $30,000 renewal grants in 2012 and 2013 will enable Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans (VAYLA) to organize to address educational inequities and environmental degradation in the multi-racial communities of New Orleans East. VAYLA’s Raise Your Hand campaigns are developed by young people and initiated to promote policies that increase access to excellent public education and a healthy environment for young people who are racially, geographically and/or linguistically marginalized. The Raise Your Hand program also provides leadership development and political education programming that complements organizing campaigns and strengthens VAYLA leaders’ organizing skills. Over the next year, VAYLA will continue to provide leadership development and political education programming that compliments and strengthens the skills and values of the youth leaders and will continue to organize young people to build effective issue campaigns that drive equitable school policies.