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National Youth Leadership Development Camp
May 25-28, 2001,
Camp Young Judaea, Wimberley - Texas

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Checkin Time: 6:00pm May 25
Checkout Time: 2:00pm May 28, 2001


With the growing number of the Vietnamese-Americans residing in the US Southern region, especially the population of young Vietnamese-Americans, there has been a great demand within the Vietnamese American community to create an environment where the youth can get involved, develop their cultural identity awareness, learn about their cultural heritage, and bridge the gaps between their generation and the older generations. In order to have such an environment, there is a need to build a strong group of young community activists who are well prepared with good leadership skills and great enthusiasm to bring about positive changes for the community.

Although there have been many youth-led community organizations, there has not been an effort to bring them together in a unique opportunity where they can network, share their experiences and the difficulties they had through years of community involvement, and develop the leadership skills together. Such an opportunity will help tremendously to create the collaboration among dedicated community activists across the nation and to form a collaborative network for future community projects.

With that in mind, the Vietnamese Culture and Science Association has organized the Youth Leadership Development Camp available to all young community activists from across the nation for the last three years (1998, 1999 and 2000).

In 1998, Len Duong’98 (Embark’98) attracted 180 campers, the majority of whom were young community activists in their local communities. In 1999, Len Duong’99 (Embark’99) attracted 312 campers, who came from all different regions across the United States and from Canada. Len Duong’00 (Embark’00) was another successful event with 259 campers from across the United States and from Canada. The result has been so significant that we would like to continue this camp as an annual event to provide the community youth leaders an opportunity to meet, to share experiences and to inspire even more youth for community services and activities. In the last three years, this youth leadership development program has helped more than 800 students and/or young community activists to sharpen their leadership skills and to realize their potential as leaders of tomorrow. Each of these young campers came back home after each year more motivated, more equipped for community involvement and more committed to make the difference in their local community. The impact of these camps has been tremendous based on the feedback we received from campers from across the country in the last three years.

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The goal of the Vietnamese-American Youth Leadership development camp is to develop the leadership skills for future leaders of the Vietnamese-American communities.


The objectives of the camp are as followed:

    • To develop the leadership skills for the young community leaders, activists across the Texas region and across the nation by 10% increase in the number of campers who will become more active and take on leadership roles after the camp;

    • To develop a strong sense of responsibility toward building the Vietnamese-American community through volunteerism by 20% increase in the number of participating youth who are involved in community activities after the camp;

    • To create an opportunity for these young people to network with each other, and to share with each other their experience of their involvement in the community;

    • To create friendship and open possibilities of future collaboration of Vietnamese-American youth-led organizations across the nation in community projects; and

    • To develop the knowledge about cultural heritage among the young community activists to bridge the gaps between different generations in the Vietnamese-American community by 15% increase in the number of campers who become more committed to learn about their roots and their cultural heritage.

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Target Groups

    • The VASA (Vietnamese American Student Association) officers for all universities in Texas and other states across the nation. Focused areas include: Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, College Station, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Georgia, etc.

    • The leaders of other youth-led organizations who have a strong interest in community involvement.

    • Young community activists who have been involved in some community projects and have a strong interest in community involvement.

Guest Speakers

    • Duy-Loan Le, Texas Instruments Fellow, Top 20 Houston Women in Technology of year 2000.
    • Council Member Van Thai Tran, City of Garden Grove, California
    • Guest Performer Nguyet Anh, community activist from Washington DC, renown singer in the Vietnamese-American community in US.

Mrs. Duy-Loan Le

Mrs. Loan Duy LeDuy-Loan T. Le came to America in 1975 with no father and a family of 9, mostly women and children. In 1976, she received her first recognition in the US as 'Citizen of the Month' from Kiwanis International Club. She graduated from Alief Hastings High School at 16 as Valedictorian of her class of 335 students in 1979. In 1982, Duy-Loan received her BSEE from University of Texas with High Honor and subsequently obtained her MBA from University of Houston while working full time.

In 1981, Houston Chronicle featured her as 'Scholastic Wonder', the University of Texas named her 'Scholarship Winner Out Of The Ordinary', and Duy-Loan received commendation from The Office of The Ambassador of The Royal Netherlands for her scholastic achievement and her humanitarian effort in fund raising to aid the Vietnamese refugees.

She started as a memory design engineer in 1982 at the age of 19 with Texas Instruments (TI), a world wide company on the list of Fortune 100 and a leader in Digital Signal Processor and Analog. She was promoted to design manager in 1989 and program manager in 1994. As a program manger in TI's Memory organizaiton, Duy-Loan managed world wide project teams and was responsible for bringing up TI memory devices, a multi-billion-product line, with joint venture partners on 3 continents for the 'first' time in TI's history. She is currently managing development projects for wireless communication (WBCDMA for 3G Base Station) using leading edge technology.

Duy-Loan's technical contributions at Texas Instruments were recognized with her election as a Member of Technical Staff in 1990, Senior Member of Techncal Staff in 1993, the first woman at TI to be elected Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in 1997 and the first woman and one of the youngest TIer to get elected TI-Fellow in 1999 (Business VP equivalence) Duy-Loan holds 19 patents and 9 pending applications. In addition, she developed a 6 month technical training program which was fanned out to 7 plant sites in 5 different countries and has published 3 papers. She has been featured in IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) SPECTRUM, Asian Enterprise trade journals, Working Mother and numerous local international newspapers and received Commendation from Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas. Duy-Loan received Top 20 Houston Women in Technology Award for Year 2000 from the Association of Women in Computings and she was accepted into Leadership Texas. Duy-Loan will be inducted into Women In Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame in June 2001. She will also be honored in a book titled 'The Pride of Vietnamese' (people who make Vietnam proud) to be published in multiple languages. Duy-Loan is a registered Professional Engineer (PE).

Duy-Loan's contributions to TI on the people front is no less impressive. She chaired TI Houston Women Initiative and helped initiate several programs supporting career advancement for minorities such as 'Nurturing Minority To The Technical Ladder', 'Succession Planning for Female Fellows', Professional Lecture Series, DSP Bootcamp for Managers/Supervisors and TI Houston Vietnamese Initiative. She serves as a key member to TI Houston Diversity Leadership Team and is a mentor for many TIers and well as non-TIers. TI honored her contributions at the annual 2000 Diversity Forum 'Fast Forward: Taking Diversity To The Next Level', profiling her for technical and people leadership: "Duy-Loan is truly a woman of vision who inspires those she works for and those she works with toward achieving excellence .... Her integrity and work ethic are unmatched".

Duy-Loan's service to the community includes participation in various projects sponsored by United Way. She was recognized for her involvement for many years in Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas. She participates in numerous charity and fund raising projects for colleges, orphanages, and charity foundations. Duy-Loan serves on the Board of two non-profit organizations that promote education and support social economic development projects in the third world. She is an invited speaker nationwide.

Duy-Loan Le is married to her husband Tuan N. Dao for 18+ years. She has two boys, Dan Quy-Le Dao aged 7 and Don Quy-Le Dao aged 4. She travels quite a bit in her business and has lived extended periods of time overseas. She enjoys deap sea fishing, reading, movie, classical music, painting, and playing poker. Duy-Loan also holds a black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do and has won several metals and trophies in the State of Texas.

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Council Member Van Thai Tran

Garden Grove Council Member Thai TranAttorney Van Thai Tran was elected to serve on the City Council in November, 2000. He is the second Vietnamese- American to be elected to public office in Orange County, and Garden Grove's first.

Van received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California in Irvine, and both a Masters degree in Public Administration, and a doctorate degree in law from Hamline University in Minnesota.

In the 1990s, Van founded the Vietnamese- American Voters Coalition, a non profit organization that promotes voter education and awareness. Van also served as a liaison between Westminster police and angry protesters during the 1999 demonstrations in Little Saigon. In his 15 years of activism and community service, Van has received many awards for his civic and political achievements.

Other Community Service achievements include serving as a Garden Grove Planning Commissioner; serving as Vice Chairman of the Orange County Boy Scouts, El Capitan District; and serving as a member of the fundraising committee for the Garden Grove Community Foundation. Van is a member of the Asian-Pacific Congressional Advisory Board of U.S. Congressman Ed Royce, and he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Center of Orange County (formerly Developmental Disability Center). He is also a member of the Garden Grove Rotary Club.

Van has his own private law practice. He is also currently a contributing freelance editorial columnist for the Orange County Register and the English section of the Vietnamese newspaper, Nguoi Viet.

Van enjoys reading, playing tennis, and has a collection of Mont Blanc pens.


Dear fellow campers,

The Vietnamese Culture and Science Association is proud to announce its 4th Annual LEN DUONG Camp. This is a unique opportunity for campers to meet community activists of their peers from different regions with similar interests such as volunteerism, the desire to learn and sharpen leadership skills and deep commitment to community work.

Camp Len Duong01 is located on a very scenic camp site offered by Camp Young Judaea in the hill-country area of Wimberley, Texas about 45 minutes from Austin. Campers will be able to enjoy workshops and forums focused on leadership skills development, in addition to many exciting games, which accentuate the importance of team building and team work as well as the uniqueness of Vietnamese cultural heritage and history.

There will be a "powwow" bonfire on Saturday night for campers to share their thoughts on community involvement. On Sunday night, the always exciting and thought provoking team competitions will take place. This year, Len Duong’01 will also have a special program to celebrate the first year of the new millennium. And we promise to be very festive.

So plan to be there! Every day is packed with meaningful and enjoyable activities. Come and join LEN DUONG CAMP’01! Don’t miss out this camp because it will definitely be a memorable experience that you will want to come back to, year after year.

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VCSA would like to announce the contest for the Design of the Logo of Youth Leadership Development Camp Len Duong’01 to be held from May 25-28, 2001 at Camp Young Judaea, Wimberley, Texas.

Who can participate? Everyone who has an artistic skill in designing the logo is encouraged to participate.

When is the deadline: Submit the electronic copy with a hard copy to be sent to

Len duong’01 Logo Contest
c/o VCSA
11554 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072

NO LATER THAN April 23, 2001.

What is the prize? The winner will be awarded $100.00 plus free registration for Len duong’01 camp (in the value of $100.00) and honorary mentioned in the Opening Ceremony of the Camp (if the winner chooses to attend the camp). The winning logo will be used as the official logo for Len duong’01 camp.

All Len duong returnees are encouraged to participate. The logo design will be selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Artistic value of the design.

  2. Reflection of the “Youth, Teamwork, Enthusiasm, Volunteering” Spirit of the camp ( a torch figure or shape is preferred).

  3. Simplicity so that it can be printed on T-shirt and promotional items without any technical difficulties.


Note: Please send the soft copy in picture format such as Corel Draw (.cdr) or Illustrator (.ai) or Window Metafile (.wmf) PhotoShop (.psd or .jpeg) to Top of Page


VCSA is pleased to announce the Len duong’01 Essay Contest with the following details:

The purpose of the contest is to encourage young community activists from across the country to share their ideals in volunteerism and to encourage them to attend Len Duong camp.

Who can participate? Everyone who is currently active in a community group and wants to attend Len duong’01 Youth Leadership Camp is eligible to participate in the contest.

How? Write an essay of 500-1000 words in English or Vietnamese describing the reason why you want to get involved with volunteer activities and/or community services? What inspired you to get involved in the community and what is your aspiration. You might also want to mention the reason why you want to go to Len duong camp.

When? The deadline to submit the essay electronically will be April 23, 2001.

What is the prize? There will be three Prizes for the three best essays. Winners will receive FREE registration fee to Camp Len duong’01 and a Plaque as the First Prize, Second Prize and Third Prize Winner of Len duong essay contest. The winners will be presented the Prize at Len duong’01 camp.

Please send in your essay and include your full name (last name, first name), your email and your home address. You can also send an electronic copy of the essay to Camp Len Duong’01 essay contest
c/o VCSA
11554 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072

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Camp Young Judaea
123 Camp Young Judaea Drive
Wimberley, TX 78676
(512) 847-9564

Click here to tour around Austin/Wimberley

From Dallas/Fort Worth

  1. Take I-35 South (go 30 miles pass Austin)
  2. Take Exit #205 (Lockhart and Luling)
  3. Turn right onto Ranch Road 12 (Hopkins St.), go 1.6 miles.
  4. Turn right onto Moore St. (still on RR-12), go 10.0 miles. You will see a Phillips 66 gas station and a Diamond Shamrock gas station on your left.
  5. Turn right at the junction (still remain on RR-12), go 6.5 miles. You will see "Woodcreek" water tower on your left.
  6. Turn left onto Woodcreek Dr. (Woodcreek Resort), go 0.5 miles.
  7. Take the 3rd right onto Brookhollow, go 0.5 miles.
  8. Take the 3rd left onto Jack Miller Dr.
  9. Turn right at Doolittle St., go 100 yards.

From Houston

  • Take I-10 W (toward San Antonio).
  • Take Exit #628 (San Marcos).
  • Turn right into Texas Highway 80.
  • Cross I-35, TH-80 becomes RR-12
  • Follow 3 - 9 .

From Austin

  • Take Mopac (Loop 1) South.
  • Take 290 West (toward Johnson City), go 15 miles.
  • Turn left onto RR-12, go 12 miles.
  • Turn right on to Woodcreek Dr. (Woodcreek Resort).
  • Follow 7 - 9.

If you get lost, please call the Camp office, 24 hours:

(512) 847-9564
the Organizing Committee
(512) 913-5104 or (512) 707-2350

To avoid the Memorial Day traffic jams, we highly recommend that you depart for camp at the earliest possible.

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Airport pick up schedule

For out of town camper, please book your flight to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) to arrive on Friday May 25 and send your flight schedule to Tuong Vu Nguyen at The transportation team will contact you shortly regarding the pick-up time. We will pick up out-of-town campers/guests every three hours on Friday starting at 2:00pm, and we will let you know the pickup location

    • Pickup time: 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm Friday 25, 2001
    • Drop off time: 12:00pm, 2:00pm Monday 28, 2001
    • Contact person: Nguyen Tuong Vu (512)707-2350.


    • Pillow, blanket, bed linens (or sleeping bag).
    • Toiletries (toothbrush/paste, towel, soap, shampoo, etc)
    • Casual clothes, summer clothing, slippers, hat, swimsuit, etc.
    • Miscellaneous items: flashlight, umbrella, camera, address book, notebooks, pens, etc.
    • Please DO NOT bring weapons, jewelry, TV’s, radios, walkman, electronic video games.


    • $90.00/person (including T-Shirt, eleven meals during the three-day camp and air-conditioned lodging) if register on or before April 23, 2001.
    • After April 23 (on availability basis) $100.00 per person.
    • VCSA member or full-time student receives $10.00 off.
    • Refund policy: Camp fee will be refunded in full for cancellation received before May 11, 2001.


May 11, 2001

Fill out the Registration Form (will be available here on February 26, 20001) and mail-in the payment (write down the control number on your check upon completion of the registration form).  Made payable to Vietnamese Culture and Science Association) on or before May 11, 2001

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Contact Persons

For more information, please contact your area
coordinator, or email to one of the followings

Austin, TX

wpe5.jpg (723 bytes) Tuong Vu Nguyen (512) 707-2350

Baltimore, MD

wpe5.jpg (723 bytes) Lang Bang Do (410) 583-6806


wpe5.jpg (723 bytes) Thong Vo (513) 674-0423

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

wpe5.jpg (723 bytes) An Thuy Nguyen (214) 402-6342


wpe5.jpg (723 bytes) Lan Anh Le (407)298-4084

Houston, TX

wpe5.jpg (723 bytes) Elena Thuy Tran (281)599-8010

New Orleans, LA

wpe5.jpg (723 bytes) Cuong Phan (504)865-6959

New York

wpe5.jpg (723 bytes) Minh Bao Pham (718) 625-0210


wpe5.jpg (723 bytes) Hung Nguyen (617) 493-8224


wpe5.jpg (723 bytes) Minh Ly Nguyen (216) 791-9143

Oklahoma City, OK

wpe5.jpg (723 bytes) Dong Bui (405) 236-5437x202


wpe5.jpg (723 bytes) Don Luu (503) 646-8967

San Antonio, TX

wpe5.jpg (723 bytes) Hy Nguyen (210) 999-4364

San Francisco, CA

wpe5.jpg (723 bytes) Trang Pham (650) 497-2005


wpe5.jpg (723 bytes) Quang Tran (253) 639-3490

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