About Vision New America
Founded in 1997, Vision New America (VNA) aims to increase civic participation among underrepresented communities through our public policy internship programs, educational forums and alumni activities. For the first 15 years, VNA’s main focus was on the growth of individual youth leaders and engaging our communities. In 2013, we transition to being a funding organization with the goal of creating a national network of support for underfunded organizations and non-profits that had gone under the radar. To this end, we support the growth of grass-root organizations across the nation through our matching grants, training, and consulting services.
For 15 years, VNA fostered hundreds of students in youth empowerment, leadership, and civic engagement through their Youth Leadership & Civic Engagement (YLCE) program. In July 2013, the YLCE program was transitioned to Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) under the stewardship of their Advocacy department, and became the Leaders in Education, Advocacy, and Democracy (LEAD) program. In addition to the local LEAD program, VNA expanded nationwide and funded 32 internship programs that serve youths and young adults who are a part of underrepresented groups with the focus of civic engagement, public policy, and leadership training. Current programs are in California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Washington.
In 2013, VNA launched their first API International Alumni Conference, a four-day educational empowerment summit for college students, recent graduates and young professionals. The annual conference held at UC Berkeley has grown from 100 attendees to this year’s anticipated 250 attendees.