1. Beast Mode: Marshawn has to run up against some pretty big barriers in his job, such as safeties and linebackers. VFA students face similar barriers in the education system, but we give them the tools to keep their legs moving forward. So yeah, we’ll get them to stiff arm those barriers just like Marshawn.
2. Season ticket holders! Seahawks supporters buy season tickets each year just to watch players go to work! VFA has our supporters too. We’ll even let you come watch us work each week if you donate. As a bonus, our food lines are way shorter and cheaper too. Who wants some delicious Vietnamese food?
3. We know when things are unfair. Young community activists involved with VFA brainstorm ways to promote and strengthen education equity and youth engagement.
4. We got a fresh, young quarterback to lead the team. Ok fine, saying James Hong, our new Executive Director, is under 6’ tall is pretty generous…
5. Our team also has Filipino representation: Mr. Doug Baldwin, we’d like you to meet Cyrus Malapajo, who works our Student Service Corps program. The program promotes civic engagement and leadership among refugee and immigrant youth.
6. Awesome mascots! VFA is home to the Legendary Griffin and Magical Unicorn. Look Mr. Seahawk! You’re all winged, mythical creatures.
7. Down 16-0 at half time? Easy… No matter what the obstacles are or what critics say, we firmly believe that refugee and immigrant communities have the strengths, experiences and talents to overcome adversity and be champions!
8. Michael Bennett can ride a bike? No big deal. We fix ‘em. Fun fact: Ruel Olanday, our Director of Academic Services, fixes bikes in his spare time!
9. Everyone gets a shot at success—from #1 picks to undrafted free agents. Our programs serve diverse populations who come from all over the world to learn and succeed! If you want to learn, grow and be challenged…come to VFA!
10. We’re all “Nguyeners” Our Board President, Mary Nguyen, is one of the loudest 12 in all of Seattle.
11. Northwest Pride! We love who we are and what we do. We love our community and homes. We love our students and families. We love the food, music, dance and culture in Southeast Seattle. We love everything that makes our community unique.
12. We both rely on our community to help us succeed! VFA wouldn’t be able to do this work without the love, friendship, and commitment from all of our fans—our very own 12s. We invite you to come celebrate with us! VFA’s annual dinner is coming up on April 17th. Save the date!