About Us

Who We Are

Au Co Center was originated from the Vietnamese Language Classes established by the Vietnamese Elderly Mutual Assistant Association of SF (VEMAA) since 1983, one of the first Vietnamese language classes in Northern California . In July 1986, the Center was taken over by volunteer members of Vietnamese Students Association of City College of San Francisco. In November 1988, it was determined that the Center be founded as a non-profit organization under the name Au Co Vietnamese Language School.

The purpose of the organization is to promote and preserve the language and the broad-minded, humanity culture of the Vietnamese people. In August 2005, the Center changed its name to the current Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center . The change is a necessity to be compatible with its services and to avoid being misunderstood as a private school by local communities, public agencies, organizations, and corporations.

All programs of the Center are governed by the mission of the Center mentioned in its bylaw. In general, Au Co Center is a non-profit public interest organization with members who voluntarily participate and follow the purpose and principle of the organization. As established by the bylaw, the Center is supervised by a Board of Directors who are elected by members for a term of 2 year, and each year, half of the Directors are elected. The Executive Committee is responsible for the daily operation of the Center. The Executive Director (Chief of Executive Committee) is elected by members with a term of 2 years, cannot be re-elected for more than 2 consecutive terms, except as permitted by the Bylaw. The Executive Director has full power to select members of the Executive Committee.

Our Vision

Principles

• Operate as a non-profit, public interest organization, serving the common interest of the community, and the Vietnamese community in particular.
• Operate based on volunteer and not-for-profits.

Purpose

To promote and preserve the language and the broad-minded humanity culture of the Vietnamese people.

Mission Statement

Au Co Center provides the following programs:

1. Vietnamese Language Program (weekend)
This program offers classes to learn Vietnamese language and culture. The program helps
• promote knowledge and better understanding of Vietnamese heritage and cultural traditions
• promote and enrich the multicultural communities in the City and County of San Francisco, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the State of California
• foster the values of education and education excellence among Vietnamese-American students
• build strong communications and understanding between generations

2. Youth Leadership Development Program (Youth Team)
This program focuses on assisting adolescents (not limited to Vietnamese descendants)
• develop their skills of leadership and being led through participation in various activities of the Vietnamese community in particular and local communities in general, as well as all cultural events of Au Co Center
• discover and learn the culture and heritage of Vietnamese community through cultural and fine arts activities of AuCoCenter