Welcome to the Lao Youth Leaders!
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We develop programs to empower and develop the leadership of the Lao Youth.

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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.

About Us

The Lao Youth Leaders is a direct service program of the Lao American Organization of Elgin.
Our Mission is to Empower the Lao Youth.

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.

Executive Board

Meet the great people working hard every day to deliver success to our community.

Alan Thavisouk

Founder & Director, EST. 2006
Alan’s goal is to help as many students and families achieve their potential. Serving the community is his passion.

Maddy Chau

President, 2016-2017
Maddy is an intellectual, confident, and hard-working individual. She is an incredible role model to the those around her and inspires many to reach their goals.

Tiffany Keokanlaya

Co-Vice President, 2016-2017
Tiffany is a diligent young woman, who is passionate and kind-hearted. She motivates others to do their best and is an amazing leader.

Natalie Bounyavong

Co-Vice President, 2016-2017
Natalie is an intelligent, ardent girl who strives to do her best. She is a great leader and is always bringing new, creative ideas to the table.

Samantha Rattanasamay

Academic Mentor, 2016-2017
Sammy is a brilliant, amiable, and determined college student. She helps motivate the younger members to reach their full potential because she truly has faith in all of them.


We are proud to be a part of these individuals lives. We are grateful for their endless support.

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