The Miller Business Resource Center, Utah Department of Workforce Services, and American Express held a graduation ceremony last month for the inaugural Youth Refugee Leadership class. Many youth refugees struggle with integrating into society, staying in school, and finding a support system. By adding this new youth cohort to the Refugee Leadership Program, it will help keep young refugees connected to their communities and become leaders in society.
The program had 27 graduates representing 8 different communities and countries including Bhutan, Congo, Rwanda, Nepal, and Thailand. Many of the youth have been in the country for less than 3 years and were forced to leave their home countries because of war, violence, and other cultural and political issues.
The students were able to visit the Utah State Capitol and learn how to enact policy change and influence the legislative process in our state. They also did a ropes course at Camp K to learn to work with different people and overcome challenges and obstacles.
The adult Refugee Leadership Program will be hosting a graduation later this month.