Rakesh’s Journey

Rakesh moved to Vermont in 2014 when he was 19 years-old. A Bhutanese native, Rakesh was expelled from the country after the “One Nation, One People” policy was adopted and Bhutanese minorities were forced to leave Bhutan. At age 11, Rakesh, his uncle, and his brother moved to Nepal and lived in Beldangi 2 Refugee

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Profile: Life’s Big Lessons

When Naomi was 16, she was dealing with alcohol addiction, homelessness, and the loss of a loved one. When she dropped out of high school, a friend, a past YouthBuild member, recommended YouthBuild to her. Without any expectations, Naomi joined.   After enrolling in YouthBuild, she gained math and reading skills, earned her high school

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