Talk Title: Listen, Lead, Evolve

Mark didn’t expect that a soccer ball had the power to break down barriers and build community for the young refugees whose families he assisted. He quickly learned that a shared love for football (soccer) could to cut through differences in language and culture.

About The Speaker

Mark Kabban is familiar with the linguistic, financial, and educational struggles that immigrants face because of his own family’s experience coming to the United States from war-torn Lebanon. He realized the power of sports and education after earning a college athletic scholarship, and established YALLA to empower immigrant families and their children, using soccer and art to help them develop the knowledge and confidence to pursue their goals. In 2010 YALLA provided over 150 refugee children with soccer scholarships, in addition to offering tutoring programs and community service opportunities, providing a full-rounded holistic program for refugee youth and their families.