Kul Hell Wah came to the U.S. in February 2015 with his mom and brother from a refugee camp in Thailand. He started attending LEAP High School in St. Paul, but he struggled to learn English at school and felt bored at home. In October, he joined KOM’s Youth Program where he received academic support, participated in leadership training and health classes, and learned Karen bamboo dance.
“I really liked staying after school to learn new things and meet people,” said Kul Hell Wah. “I feel like I am more confident.”
Kul Hell Wah just finished 11th grade and will graduate from LEAP High School next year. After he graduates, he wants to study to be an auto mechanic.
Like Kul Hell Wah, all refugee youth face challenges when they start their new life in the U.S. They are expected to learn English while supporting their families and adjusting to a new culture.
This is where KOM's Youth Program steps in.
KOM’s Youth Program has made a difference in the lives of over 1,000 refugee youth since the program began. Youth that participate in the program gain confidence, build social skills, and learn how to maintain their Karen culture. Several of our former students have gone on to college or work to give back to their community. This program is important for raising up the next generation of Karen and Karenni leaders.
You can make a difference in the lives of these refugee youth.
About the Challenge:
This July, we are looking for 30 people to commit to a 30-Day Challenge from July 30-31 doing one of the following activities:
• Run or Walk 30 Miles
• Bike 90 Miles
• Play soccer 30 minutes/day for 5 days/week
During that time, each participant will raise a minimum of $300 to help support KOM’s Youth Program. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to invest in the lives of refugee youth.
Join KOMoves for Youth to invest in the lives of refugee youth.