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By: Nate Sommer//

Tell me a bit about yourself!

Mirai (she/her) is from Skokie, Illinois and attends Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette where she will be a senior this coming fall.

What experience did you have with volunteering prior to FORA?

Before FORA, Mirai spent time volunteering at local food pantries and an animal shelter near her house. She has also volunteered to work with kids at her church and is in the process of becoming a peer tutor at her high school.

How did you learn about FORA and what made you commit to it?

Mirai heard about FORA from her high school counselor. She thought working at FORA

sounded like a great opportunity to continue doing work that she enjoys, and decided to join as a tutor for the summer.

Why does refugee education matter to you?

Mirai comes from a family of refugees who were displaced during the holocaust. She explains that, while it took a lot of hard work from her family, there were people that helped them out along the way. She feels that tutoring refugees is her way of "giving back” to those that helped her family succeed in America.

What has been a highlight of your FORA experience, or a favorite memory with your student?

Although Mirai has only been working at FORA for two weeks, she has enjoyed building

relationships with the students and getting to meet different people. She “feels lucky” that she has gotten to work with FORA students and that tutoring them has helped her strengthen her own teaching skills.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In her free time, Mirai does a variety of creative activities. She enjoys knitting, sewing, and crafting various things. She also likes to spend time reading and writing.

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