BENEFITING: LAO-AMERICAN ORGANIZATION OF ELGIN INC
** As of 6-17-15, we are at $4,500 of $5,000 to our goal. This includes monies from other sources. Help us get to $5,000. Thank you everyone for your help.**
According to the 2010 US Census, only 14% of Lao Americans have a college degree or better. The average per capita income of a Lao American is $19,160. As many of you know, EDUCATION is a powerful key to unlocking opportunities.
The Lao Youth Leaders program was created by the Lao American Organization of Elgin to provide assistance and resources to advance the academic succsess of the Lao American Community. Our belief is simple - More college graduates will result in a better future for them, our community, and as a whole, our society.
Since 2011, we have awarded 42 deserving students scholarships. The scholarship program is growing as we are encouraging more Lao American students to apply. We need your help to ensure we have enough funds to assist the students and help them continue their academic career through college and beyond.
Lao Youth Leaders was created in 2006 to serve the needs of the Youth of the Lao American community of Elgin, IL. We have now expanded our reach to serve more students beyond the Elgin community.
To Develop Future Lao American Leaders
To Provide Resources for Youth to Advance in Academics
To Preserve the Lao Culture Through Youth Education and Engagement
To Improve and Raise the Rate of College Graduates
To Develop Youth Programs to Advance the Lao American Community