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Mayor's Arts Awards 2006 - Rainier Vista Cambodian Youth Program
Mayor's Arts Awards 2006 - Rainier Vista Cambodian Youth Program
9/14/200606:05
A dozen years ago, Cambodian immigrant parents living in the Rainier Vista public housing project started the Cambodian Youth Program to teach their children about their Cambodian language and culture, as well as provide them with safe activities. The program provides Cambodian language, dance and drawing lessons to school-age children living at Rainier Vista. It operates six months of the year with weekend classes for more than two dozen youth. In addition to preserving Cambodian cultural traditions, the program has helped to motivate the young people academically. Of the 15 youth who attended the program when it began in the mid-1990s, all have graduated from high school and are enrolled in postsecondary education.
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