Interested in soccer? Working with young people through tutoring and mentorship? Want to work with refugee populations? YALLA is for you.
YALLA stands for Youth and Leaders Living Actively. YALLA is a non-profit organization out of El Cajon, and is one of the Mulvaney Center's newest community partnerships. San Diego, and specifically the city of El Cajon, is now home to the largest Iraqi refugee population in the world. The rapidly growing refugee population in San Diego Co. makes this city one, if not the most unique city in allof the United States. Our community partners YALLA have done tremedous work to help serve the needs of refugee children here in San Diego as they deal with the immensely difficult transition of resettling in the United States. With their hook, "soccer is the hook, college is the goal," YALLA uses soccer as a universally comforting language, where refugee children can begin to once again feel at home here in the United States.
USD students, because of their unique positioning as privileged individuals attending an institution of higher learning, are well positioned to serve as great mentors to the refugee children of YALLA. The MC CASA YALLA program will allow USD students to remain immersed within the refugee communities of San Diego, giving students an opportunity to learn and hear the tremendous stories of these young men and women. The relationships and sense of community that USD students and the children of YALLA will get to develop will far exceed any experience of learning about the worldwide refugee diaspora in the traditional classroom setting. Through the continual practice of engaging with our community members, USD students are afforded the opportunity to contextualize their studies, but through the process of creating lifelong friendships with members of the local community.
For more info and to get engaged contact Luke Garret at firstname.lastname@example.org, Stephanie Hidalgo at email@example.com, and Azaria Baldwin at firstname.lastname@example.org.