Imagination Playground at the Vietnamese Initiatives in Economic Training

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November 5, 2012 in Featured Sites, Play Events

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Tucked away in a small corner of New Orleans East, Vietnamese Initiatives in Economic Training (VIET) serves as an oasis of joy, activity and playfulness for the children and families of the community. Over 400 children and families visit this community-based resource center on a daily basis to participate in the year-round children’s programming and the multitude of education and economic training programs. Most recently, thanks to a 2012 grant from the Let’s Play initiative and KaBOOM!, VIET was able to add Imagination Playground in a Box to its vast list of program offerings.

This past summer, VIET integrated the equipment into its Summer Adventure program, which gave 250 campers the opportunity to exercise their imaginations. “Imagination Playground truly has given our children creative ways to play,” says Cyndi Nguyen, VIET executive director, “Children are playing using their creative minds, therefore it makes learning fun! I love the fact that they can create their own play.” In addition to the Summer Adventure program, Nguyen plans to bring the Imagination Playground to different areas of the community to expand play opportunities for children in Louisiana. The goal is to help prevent childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles among a diverse set of neighboring communities in New Orleans East and beyond.

In addition to all the services above, VIET also provides an infrastructure for community service projects, inter-age physical activity programs, and essential services like tax preparation and disaster technical assistance. For more information about VIET, please visit its website here.