By: Shelly Burningham
Youthlinc – Real Life is pleased to announce a new partnership with Umoja Generation. Umoja Generation is a Utah non-profit supporting refugee youth in the Salt Lake area. Fiston, Mwesige, founder and president, organized this program in 2017. Umoja Generation delivers a wide range of programs to help refugee youth succeed in their new life:
Education – Helps facilitate weekly tutoring and one-on-one homework help. Assists refugee youth with college preparation including help with: financial aid applications, college applications, college visits, Accuplacer preparation (entry college test), and connections with academic advisors, etc.
Workshops & Training – Introduce students to STEM and computer systems to further understand technology.
Life Skills – Conduct educational workshops on key areas of family and social life, as well as critical areas of resettlement and integration.
Fiston Mwesige is originally from the Republic Democratic of Congo. He moved to Utah in 2014 as a refugee with his family. He is very involved in the refugee community and enjoys mentoring youth. His desire to help refugee youth overcome their challenges guided him to create Umoja Generation. Fiston is a senior at University of Utah and majoring in International Studies. He speaks seven different languages. Last year Fiston was awarded Youthlinc’s Young Humanitarian Award for the service impact he has made in the community.
Youthlinc Real Life will provide an intern as well as volunteers to assist with one-on-one tutoring and college preparation at Umoja Generation. Our missions closely align and Youthlinc is grateful for the opportunity of partnering with this amazing organization.