While juggling a full class schedule at Mason High School and participating in extracurricular activities, Kaleab Jegol found time to launch a nonprofit to support educational initiatives in Ethiopia.
“Now typical American high schoolers don’t usually think about how valuable their education is. We think more about if a guy or girl likes us, if we’ll get that car we had been begging our parents for forever, or who we’re going to prom with next year,” said the rising high school senior. “What we don’t realize is what a luxury it is to think about these things, and not if we can go to school the next day.
“I say this because almost 70 million kids around the world don’t go to school. The UN (United Nations) has called for change, pleading world leaders to do more and push for this cause. Education is what progresses the world.
“Education has the power to lift people out of poverty.”
The first-generation immigrant, who was born in Ethiopia, is passionate about social justice and fighting “for children and families who don’t have a voice, in America and around the world.” He started a charity organization to help address the education crisis in his home country.
“Education for Ethiopia is entirely youth-led and fosters the development of the world’s next leaders, catalysts and philanthropists,” he said. “Every single person has a personal story that comes back to education. None of us would be as privileged as we were if our parents, grandparents or ancestors didn’t come to this plentiful and giving land.”
Board members hail from Mason, Lakota East and Wyoming high schools.
After high school, Jegol hopes to attend New York University, major in Global Liberal Studies with a concentration in politics, rights and…