A Clarkston youth soccer program is working to kick off the nation’s first private school for refugees.
The team, called the Fugees Family, is one of 25 charities participating in the Chase Community Giving competition.
They hope to win $2 million dollars.
They plan to build a permanent home for the Fugees Academy and expand from about 60 to 300 students.
Hailey Bird is the Fugees Family development associate.
“These high school students aren’t getting any of the support they need and then their families say ‘Well, we need your help making money,’ so they drop out,” she says. “And it just sort of feeds into this generational cycle of poverty where they aren’t getting the education they deserve.”
The Fugees Family began in 2007 as a soccer program for refugee children.
It now includes educational and vocational training programs to help young refugees overcome illiteracy, poverty, and cultural differences.