“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

German-born Jewish diarist, Anne Frank

2020 Scholarships with VAPA

At VAPA, we know not everyone has the means or opportunity to participate in the arts. That is why we are thrilled to give back to the Hoi An community with our 2020 scholarships for disadvantaged kids!

Due to the generosity and kindness of the Hoi An community—and the support received from our online fundraising campaign via donors abroad—we’ve now raised more than 35,000,000 vnd for our sponsorship fund.

Subsequently, we have the following 3 scholarships on offer for 2020:
  1. Mischewski Award for Excellence in Dance
  2. Songbird Award for Aspiring Young Vocalists
  3. Kate Elisabeth Award for Women in Leadership

But what does that mean?

We’re so glad you asked!

Firstly, each scholarship offers 20 hours of mentoring, learning and discovery, delivered by Ms Kate, our Artistic Director and general doer of everything.  Kate boasts a diverse range of skills, and has a deep and resounding love for the performing arts. Working closely with her, recipients will spend time learning and refining their artistic abilities, while also working to develop the following:

  • Confidence and a sense of pride
  • English and interpersonal skills
  • Social awareness and teamwork skills
  • Adaptability and positive thinking
  • Time management and problem-solving skills
  • Emotional self-awareness and control
  • Empathy and active listening

But what does that mean on a practical level?

Allow us to explain.

The above are skills will be adapted and delivered in a manner appropriate to the age and developmental limitations of our recipients. In other words, each of the skills listed can be whittled down to simple activities suitable for kids as young as 3 or 4, that when repeated over time become learned and largely unconscious behaviours.

In other words, positive actions become so natural, you don’t have think about doing the right thing… You just do it!

As far as we’re concerned, it’s never too early to start learning how to believe in yourself, make good choices and play nicely with others.

In fact, multi-billion dollar organisations around the world are making their executives and staff do just that. Why? Because they recognise that happy, secure, well-socialised people, make better staff, and better leaders.

“As the workplace moves toward greater automation, soft skills training will become a necessity … Where jobs become automated, employees will need to adapt to the changing workforce by advancing their social skills, emotional intelligence and cognitive capabilities. Demands for soft skills like communication, collaboration, problem-solving and team-building also will change how companies educate, train and assess their workforce.”

We believe that the arts are a vehicle for social change. Not only do our scholarships teach recipients the skills they need to conceptualise magic, we also provide them with the tools needed to use that magic ethically, sustainably and responsibly.

To sum up, Hoi An is such a special place, and we’re super excited to help it grow!

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