Inspiration Series :: An Evening with Mark Kabban


Join us at the Center for Arabic Culture on Friday, February 3rd at 6pm for an engaging evening with Mark Kabban, a young Arab-American leader who is serving refugee youth through his educational non-profit organization, YALLA. CAC is honored to kick off our Inspiration Series with Mark Kabban.

The Inspiration Series aims to celebrate role-models such as Kabban by highlighting their amazing work. We also hope that the impact of this series will  inspire individuals and cultivate cohesiveness among the broader community.


About Mark:

Mark Kabban
, founder of Youth and Leaders Living Actively (YALLA) and 2011 VH1’s “Do Something Awards” finalist.   Inspired by the Iraqi refugees he met through his work as a refugee case manager, he started an organization called YALLA, which uses soccer and art to empower immigrant families and their children and help build community. In 2010, YALLA provided 150 refugee children, many of whom suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), with 10-15 hours of weekly programs and served as their primary after-school care.

The scholar-athletes are expected to uphold high performance in academic tutoring as well as participation in soccer and community service. The next challenge for Kabban is the expansion of YALLA to keep up with the rapidly increasing numbers of Iraqi refugees. He also aspires to combat drop out rates and ethnic violence in the area where YALLA works by creating a peace building charter school intended to send 100% of students to college.

We look forward to being inspired by Mark’s success, creativity and community commitment!

Event will be held at:

Center for Arabic Culture
191 Highland Avenue, 6B
Somerville, MA 02143

*Free Parking
*Light Refreshments will be served

For more information contact:  info@cacboston.org or  877.CAC.9740

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