St. Paul program helps immigrant girls with language, confidence

By Josie Clarey
jclarey@pioneerpress.comtwincities.com

Posted:   07/14/2012 02:19:18 PM CDT

July 14, 2012 7:45 PM GMTUpdated:   07/14/2012 02:45:47 PM CDT

Participants share a laugh during an icebreaker activity at a Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership workshop at Hancock Recreation Center in St. Paul, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. The year-round program is for immigrant and refugee young women. Second from left in glasses is Xiong Thao, 19, and far right is Adriana Hernandez, 18. (Pioneer Press: Chris Polydoroff)
 
When 19-year-old Xiong Mee Thao emigrated to the U.S. from Thailand five years ago, she didn’t know anyone or the language, and she quickly fell into depression.
 
But with a little help from family, teachers and Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership, a program dedicated to helping immigrants and refugees boost their language skills, Thao’s confidence has skyrocketed.

“Compared from now to where I was at, I think I’ve improved a lot,” said Thao, of St. Paul. “I feel very proud of myself right now.”

Read more…  Article provided by Jennifer Alexander

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