We develop programs to empower and develop the leadership of the Lao Youth.
We are proud to have awarded over 60 scholarships, assisting the Lao youth in their academic advancement.
Meet our youth leaders. Lao Professionals, Mentors and Volunteers.
We proudly serve with compassion, developing and supporting programs that advance the Lao community.
Lao Youth Leaders is a non-profit organization focused on developing leadership skills and providing academic resources for the youth of the Lao community. Education is the foundation of success. The major goal of Lao Youth Leaders is to increase the number of college graduates from the Lao community.
Percentage of Lao adults with college degree according to 2010 US Census.
Percentage of Lao adults graduating High School.
Percentage of Lao population age 5 and older that have limited English proficiency.
Percentage of the commitment Lao Youth Leaders are on improving and advancing the Lao community.
Last week, one of our students, Alyssa Vilaylack, had the pleasure to interview the LYL Alum Kathy Kethdy. She was one of the first people to be in LYL when it started. The program had started as public speaking exercises and grew into community service projects and learning opportunities. Kethdy says, “When the program first Read more about Kathy Kethdy Interview[…]
Jujubee (or Airline Inthyrath) is a professional drag performer, comedian, makeup artist, and singer born in Boston, MA. She is known for starring as a contestant on Season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, also being the first Lao contestant. She was definitely a fan-favorite for her hilarious, bold, and sassy personality. Jujubee is, of course, Read more about Successful Lao-Americans Pt. 3[…]
Channapha Khamvongsa is the founder and executive director of Legacies of War, an organization that raises awareness about the history and continued effects of the Vietnam war bombings that occurred in Laos. They helped increase the U.S. funding for bomb clearance from an average of $2M in 2008 to $30M in 2016. She was recognised Read more about Successful Lao-Americans Pt. 2[…]
Youth leadership groups have very positive effects on a student. Being in a leadership group results in the youth developing leadership, communication, time management, and productivity skills that they can apply in their everyday lives. We asked two of our own, Preston Xayariboun, and Tiffany Keokanlaya on their experiences being a part of the Lao Read more about Effects of a Leadership Group[…]
There are many successful Lao-Americans who inspire our youth, way too many to count. This post is the first of a series of which notable Lao-Americans who the youth look up to will be recognized. Whether it’s a fashion designer or an MMA fighter, they all aid and motivate more Laotians to become leaders. Read more about Successful Lao-Americans[…]
“Maddy, I have a question for you… Would you like to be the Lao Youth Leaders President?” When I first met Mr. Alan, I’m not going to lie, he was, let’s say an interesting character. Nonetheless, he definitely got me out of my comfort zone. Over the short Read more about Introducing the 2017 Lao Youth Leaders President[…]
Are we going to sit around a campfire and sing Lao versions of “Kumbaya, My Lord?” This thought immediately filled my mind as Mr. Alan persuaded me to attend the first Midwest Lao Camp. At first, I was hesitant to accept the offer. The idea of spending my last week of summer learning and sleeping Read more about My Experience at Lao Camp[…]
On Saturday, October 17th, LAOE Board Member and Founder/Director of Lao Youth Leaders, Mr. Alan Thavisouk was invited to speak on a panel hosted by APAICS. The panel topic was K-12 Education Policy. Mr. Thavisouk shared insights about the Lao community and his work to raise the rate of college graduates. He shared the achievements Read more about The Role of Local Elected Government Officials[…]
The Lao American Organization of Elgin (LAOE) and the Lao Youth Leaders were proud to have hosted the Lao Family Festival at Wat Lao Buddha Samaggi in Elgin on September 6th, 2015. The Lao Youth Leaders were able to have a fantastic performance, and the community was able to learn about what the Lao Youth Read more about Lao Family Festival[…]
The Lao Youth Leaders had a life-changing opportunity to participate in the 1st Lao Arts and Culture Camp held in Milwaukee, WI from August 8th to August 15th. This program was produced by the Lao Heritage Foundation whose mission is to educate the youth through music and the arts. A total of 30 students from Read more about 1st Midwest Lao Arts and Culture Camp[…]