|A giant logo of the 11th National Congress of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union is formed from hundreds of papers.
Founded in 1931, the youth union is the largest organization of young people in Vietnam, with nearly ten million members aged 16 to 30 as of 2017.
Every five years, delegates from youth union chapters across the country meet at a national congress to vote on their direction for the next five years and select a six-member secretariat, the organization’s highest decision-making body.
The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union is under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, serving as its "reserves."
To welcome the 11th National Congress of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, set to commence in Hanoi on December 10, over 900 university students in Ho Chi Minh City gathered at the Youth Culture House in District 1 on December 3 morning for a dance ensemble.
Each performer held a piece of paper that together formed a giant logo of the congress.
Dancers were those partaking in an ongoing citywide competition to select ‘youth leaders’ – members of the municipal youth union chapter who excel in both academic endeavors and extracurricular activities.
The top ten contestants will participate in the final round poised to take place in January 2018.