Mahdi Kamyab

By Ana Villagomez, Promotor/Youth Advocate

Prior to officially enrolling in any LAYC programs, Mahdi, 19, had often times participated in several program events and had always left his positive energy and great humor among the LAYC family. In March 2016, he formally joined one of LAYC’s housing programs; Mahdi moved into an apartment on his own and has been successfully adjusting to independent living since then.

Mahdi traveled to the United States with his sister from Afghanistan at 16 years of age through a refugee program for minors, and he faced many challenges that shaped his values and character. After arriving to the United States, Mahdi and his sister lived with foster parents in Maryland. He enrolled at LADO International Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland to study English. Mahdi used to practice English by listening to music, watching movies, and constantly communicating with people around him.

At the age of 18, Mahdi joined LAYC and while adjusting to independent living with us, he obtained employment independently, as well as his driver learner’s permit, and he successfully enrolled in the International Language Institute for one month of intensive English language classes. Through hard work, persistence, and dedication Mahdi was able to pass all four parts of the GED this past December, and he is currently attending Montgomery College as a part-time student. Mahdi is interested in pursuing a career in computer science and is proud to have achieved many goals in the last few years.

Mahdi never hesitates to help others around him; he works hard and under no circumstances loses his sense of humor. Every time you see Mahdi around, you will most certainly receive a wonderful “Good morning,” and be left with his joyful energy.

3 comments on “February 2017 Youth Spotlight: Mahdi Kamyab”

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    Jorge A.mendez on Friday February 10th, 2017

    In 1978, a group of students (the majority’ from Woodrow Wilson High School; some from Ecuador, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and El Salvador) experienced the same stories as Mr. Mahdi when the Latin American Youth Center on 15th story and Irvine St. took advantage of the programs sponsored by Office of Mayor and Attended The Latin American Youth Center. Thanks LAYC

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    Karla on Friday February 10th, 2017

    So proud of you Mahdi! You’re an inspiration to us all.

  3. 3
    Lidia on Friday March 10th, 2017

    Congrats on your successes and many more to come! I’m so proud to have worked with you. Your determination is truly admirable!

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