SCUSD teens attend Hmong National Development Conference

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Henry Le of CKM enjoys a workshop on dancing. (Click photo to see more.)

Twenty-four SCUSD students from Luther Burbank, Hiram Johnson, John F. Kennedy and C.K. McClatchy high schools participated in the 16th annual Hmong National Development Conference in Fresno earlier this month.

Thousands of community leaders, business professionals, advocates and young people from across the country attended the three-day conference, themed “Journey Forward, The Next Chapter of the Hmong Americans.”

The students participated in eight youth development workshops focusing on art, civic participation, business, college preparation and technology development.

“I met new people and I learned a lot about my own culture,” said Jaimandy Vang, a CKM student. “I learned how to help the Hmong people in our community.”

Funding for student participation was provided by the Health and Life Organization (HALO) in conjunction with the ASSETs Access Grant.

Choua Yang, program manager at the Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center, which partners with Burbank and Kennedy high schools, chaperoned students to the conference.