In the 1970s, scores of families fled warraged
Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, many settling in
San Francisco's Tenderloin district. While this
was an opportunity to start new lives, their
transition was challenging, especially for youth.
In 1979, a group of Vietnamese refugees founded
the Vietnamese Youth Center (VYDC) to provide
much-needed support and practical assistance.
VYDC has since grown from a one-room office
offering translation services, English as a Second
Languages and vocational classes, to a locally and
nationally recognized multi-service center serving
all youth, of all backgrounds, throughout