My name is Asem Alahmad. I am president of USC SOS. I am a student at University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and I study Business Administration with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship. I am a Syrian-American who is after bettering the refugee community around me through educational aid to ease the transition of refugees coming into the U.S. and helping them get on their feet.
I am a Senior majoring in International Relations, Global Business. I have been an active member in SOS since August 2016, and recently began SOS's in-person ESL program. I am passionate about "helping refugees help themselves," and believe that providing refugees (both in the US and around the world) with an education as a means to self-sufficiency is the best type of support we can give.
I'm Aziza, a senior studying journalism and international relations at the University of Southern California. I grew up in Germany, where thousands of refugees have fled to after the Syrian civil war broke out. My sister Saida, who organized aid deliveries for refugees caught up in Europe's southernmost camps and helped integrate refugees into our hometown's community, inspired me to become active as well. While it's heartbreaking to see how intolerant the U.S. government is in terms of allowing Syrian refugees running from war to resettle here, I'm happy to be able to help those who managed to come here.
I'm Jiaxin Sun, first-year graduate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. As an international student, I have been helped by many people since I was here, so I would like to help other people in need and make some positive difference with my knowledge. The kid I tutored last time is so eager to learn English and I was really impressed. It will definitely be a meaningful experience to me. Hope it will be same to you.
Hello! I’m a second year physiological sciences major at UCLA. I love the in-home tutoring program because I believe it’s an efficient, interactive, and heartwarming way to make a difference and impact the well-being of someone who truly needs the help. I got involved in this program because I am not only passionate about the refugee crisis, but this issue has deeply affected both me and my family. As a Syrian-American, one of my greatest interests has been to raise awareness about the Syrian crisis and strive to help those affected by the war. This program has helped me in achieving these goals, and I’m so glad that I was able to be apart of this process.
I am currently a Sophomore in high school and attend The Bishop's School located in La Jolla, California, and joined this program as I have a passion for helping refugees. I feel they are often overlooked in our community, and therefore it's important to provide them with the necessary tools and resources to prosper in America; this starts with English. While this program can be challenging for both the refugees and myself given the obvious language barrier, it is evident my family's English is drastically improving which is all that truly matters to me. I hope to work with more families in the future and expand the program even further to help as many refugees as possible!
My name is Hope Miller, I am vice president of SOS and have been involved for a little over a year now. I am a senior studying biomedical engineering. The families we work with are some of the most grateful, kind, and generous people I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know. They have welcomed me in to their community and they make tutoring easy because of their overwhelming desire to learn.