Lama and her family are refugees. They fled Syria when war broke out in their village, she was 9 years old. They applied for Refugee status and were eventually accepted to come to the United States in 2016 when Lama was 14 years old.
Kim Loan and her two sons arrived in Phoenix as refugees in December of 2019. The family was from Cambodia and spoke very little English upon entering the United States.
The transition into adulthood is challenging for most youth in America. They must learn to budget, take care of an apartment, buy groceries. Add in language barriers, a residency in the United States of only a couple years, and pending employment authorization documents, and this transition may seem almost impossible.
Daniel is a 17-year-old who loves playing soccer, running cross country, and going to the gym. He is an excellent student who takes the initiative to seek extra tutoring when needed. He is an example to other youth. But before he grew into the young man he is today, Daniel struggled in ways that no child should ever have to.
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