Vision New America’s (VNA) Youth Leadership & Civic Engagement (YLCE) Program has moved! For 16 years VNA has fostered hundreds of students in youth empowerment, leadership, and civic engagement through their YLCE program.

As of July 2013, the YLCE program finds a new home at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI). At AACI, the program has transformed into Leaders for Education, Advocacy and Democracy (LEAD) and will continue to work in the advancement of youth; the program will work to increase opportunities for students from underresourced communities. LEAD will enhance the student experience through a more enriching program and a one-on-one mentorship component where the students will be paired with professionals from the private and public sector. LEAD will continue its mission of inspiring and educating youth from underrepresented populations to become leaders of their generations and champions of their communities.

Please contact the Project Coordinator, Kenneth Wong at for details about the program and how to get involved. Visit their website at

VNA 2013 Application Deadline Extension

VNA is now accepting applications until February 22nd, 2013! Please think about being part of our next class of future leaders who will dedicate their summer to empowering the community and developing their own abilities. Download our application for more information!

Vision New America is accepting applications for the class of 2013!

2013 is right around the corner and we are now accepting applications for our next class of youth leaders for 2013! If you are interested in becoming part of the young professionals population and want the training to create change within your community, take a look at our application and consider applying today! Make sure to pay attention to all aspects of the application and provide all the things being requested. p>

Email your completed application to, or mail it in to 100 North Winchester Blvd., #368 Santa Clara, CA 95050


*Limited spots are available each year. We encourage all interested applicants to apply early.

Early Submission - Friday, December 7, 2012

Final Deadline - Friday, February 15, 2013

Darcie GreenWe would like to congratulate our very own board member Darcie Green with her appointment as Board Trustee Area 6 of the Santa Clara County Board of Education. Darcie's passion for education and her work in helping youth to realize their potential as champions of their community has been recognized by the board, and we are proud of Darcie's accomplishments.

Congratulations to Jeremy Lin - VNA Intern 2004-2005!

Vision New America would like to congratulate NBA superstar Jeremy Lin on his amazing success as point guard for the Houstin Rockets! Jeremy’s actions in the last few weeks may have catapulted him into international recognition, but Jeremy’s contributions to his community have been a lifelong pursuit. Jeremy was a part of Vision New America's Youth Leadership and Civic Engagement program in 2004 and 2005 when he was a student at Palo Alto High School. He served as an intern in State Senator Joe Simitian’s office and for then-County Supervisor Jim Beall.

Jeremy Lin with VNA
NBA superstar Jeremy Lin with his fellow 2004 VNA interns and Campbell Councilmember Evan Low

Vision New America was founded in 1996 to promote the civic participation of underrepresented groups through our public policy internship programs, educational forums and community events. Our goal is to grow socially-conscious leadership that represents the diversity of our nation. Jeremy’s dedication to public service and his advocacy for Asian American representation in all aspects of American culture are commendable, and we wish him the best of luck for the rest of his season. Go Jeremy!


  • Friday, November 16th(6-9:00 pm):
    15th Annual Gala and Graduation
    San Jose City Hall Rotunda
    200 E Santa Clara St.
    San Jose, California 95112
    [Click Here For Directions]

  • For more information, check out our events page!

Welcome to VNA

Vision New America was founded in 1996 to promote the civic participation of underrepresented groups through our public policy internship programs, educational forums and community events.

Our successful Youth Leadership & Civic Engagement (YLCE) Program focuses on leadership development and aims to build conscientious and responsible community leaders. Our flagship program is complemented by VNA organized and sponsored nonpartisan voter education events and forums encouraging community members, particularly youth to be more active and engaged citizens.

Through our diverse means of increasing civic participation, it is our hope to expose students and community members to the value of public service, to give insight as to how the government is run, to build bridges between the community and public officials and to encourage more underrepresented groups to participate in mainstream politics and community service.

If you are a high school or college student, please check out program information or feel free to download our 2012 brochure: Click Here To Download [184 KB]

Did you notice our new logo? Read more about it in the newsroom.

class of 2012
"[T]he people who belong to this organization, fellow interns and program managers alike have been an awesome source of knowledge, support, and inspiration..." -Roderick Bersamina, San Jose State University

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2012 Partnership Office Application