Wausau man promotes youth development in Hmong community

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) – Yee Leng Xiong began his career at the Wausau Hmong American Center as the youth program coordinator in 2016 and now as executive director, youth development is his top priority.

He says that since working with the Hmong American Center, he has made it his mission to serve the community.

“I became very eager to serve,” Xiong explained, “to make sure we had someone in place who would be able to provide service to the Southeast Asian community as well as many many young people”.

He says he believes it’s important to see the potential in the many young adults he serves.

“These are young people that people were looking at, or community members were basically saying that they were lost causes or individuals that are not crucial to the community here or that they are not contributing members,” said said Xiong. “But me being a person who felt a strong need to make sure these young people could get a second chance.”

Fostering the growth of young adults is a major contributor to the growth of the whole community, according to Xiong.

“Many people who participate in the program have contributed thousands of hours during the time they have been with the Hmong American Center,” Xiong explained, “in return to the community.”

Xiong also serves on the DC Everest School Board, the Weston Village Board of Directors, and the Marathon County Board of Supervisors.

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