50 Fund Playmaker: Judy Young and Vietnamese Youth Development Center

Our 48th 50 Fund Playmaker is the Vietnamese Youth Development Center (VYDC). VYDC’s mission is to empower underserved Asian-Pacific Islander and urban youth with the knowledge and confidence to define their future and to reach their full potential by developing leadership skills, supporting academics, providing job opportunities and strengthening relationships with family and community. 

VYDC’s 50 Fund grant will support the expansion of their computer technology lab, with the goal of increasing client access to technology needed for job placement, computer classes and professional development.  From job searching to resume building and employer correspondence, access to reliable computer technology is a crucial part of securing stable work. Support from the 50 Fund will increase VYDC’s capacity to provide quality access and basic computer knowledge for low-income, monolingual, and limited-English proficiency youth and young adults to learn how to navigate technological resources in order to self-sufficiently secure work and access health and social services.

VYDC recognized Judy Young, who started as a youth of VYDC services and is now the Executive Director. “Judy is an exemplary individual whose story represents one of VYDC’s most notable values: the resiliency of the refugee experience, and the crucial role that mentorship plays in creating network of success,” said Trung PQ Nguyen. 

50 weeks. 50 grants. 50 opportunities to recognize Bay Area residents who are making a difference through their service to our community in celebration of Super Bowl 50. The 50 Fund’s Playmaker program was designed to showcase the real difference Bay Area nonprofits are making in the lives of our children, and people behind the scenes who are making that impact possible.

Every Tuesday, the 50 Fund—the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee—will reveal a new Playmaker and share that nonprofit’s story of inspiration.