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Our Mission…

…is to mentor Vietnamese-American Teens by developing their academic, cultural, and social skills to achieve educational goals and personal success.

The Need For Project MotiVATe

Initiated in 1996, Project MotiVATe (formerly Camp for Youth) was developed to meet the needs of Vietnamese-American youth in Orange County. Despite the large number of Vietnamese-Americans living in Orange County, there are currently no mentoring programs available free of charge to academically and socially at-risk Vietnamese youth. To fulfill this need, Project MotiVATe offers a culturally relevant mentorship program—at no financial cost to families.

Benefits Of Project MotiVATe

As a Mentee, you can…

  • develop your communication skills and relationships with family members, peers, and your community
  • gain confidence to make positive and healthy life choices
  • increase your leadership skills and become a role model to other Vietnamese-American youth
  • strengthen your connection to the community

As a Mentor or volunteer, you can…

  • offer support and guidance to Vietnamese-American youth
  • strengthen your interpersonal communication skills
  • expand leadership skills as part of the mentor team
  • deepen your involvement in the community through hands-on activity planning

Project MotiVATe Services

Project MotiVATe ensures that all mentees graduate high school or obtain a GED, and pursue higher education while creating opportunities for personal growth, cultural connectedness, and social responsibility through:

Mentorship: A Mentor provides each mentee with guidance and support. This relationship is an integral aspect of the Mentee’s development in the program. Mentors and Mentees maintain contact at least once a week in addition to Study Hall and Monthly Activities.

Summer Camp: The annual camp helps develop bonds among members of the Project MotiVATe family, fosters a positive and supportive environment and establishes relationships for the upcoming school year. Activities consist of team building, leadership workshops, academic and career planning sessions, and cultural awareness activities.

Study Hall: Project MotiVATe offers weekly study hall sessions where academic tutors work with Mentees to improve academic skills and study habits. At study hall, Mentees also receive academic counseling, college preparation assistance, and participate in workshops.

Monthly Activities: Monthly activities are designed to expose youth to enriching experiences and promote civic engagement, such as college and career fairs, museum trips, and community and cultural events.


Our Mentees are high school students ranging in age from 13-17 years old. Mentees are from the Orange County, California area (predominately from the cities of Westminster, Garden Grove and Santa Ana). Mentees participate in weekly study halls, monthly community activities, and our annual summer camp, and meet regularly with their Mentor.


Our Mentors are highly motivated young professionals, college graduates, and/or current college students with a special interest in empowering Vietnamese-American youth. Mentors guide their Mentee toward academic success and encourage them to become active members of their community. In addition to keeping in touch with their Mentee, Mentors attend the annual summer camp, weekly study halls, and monthly activities. Mentors also assist Project MotiVATe’s core staff to plan programs and activities.

Our Staff

To read more about our board of directors and coordinators, please click here.

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