YALLA San Diego became a Live Well San Diego recognized partner on March 22, 2018. YALLA was created in response to the increasing refugee crisis faced by San Diego County and El Cajon in particular. El Cajon holds the largest amount of refugees in all of San Diego County, and also represents its most impoverished city, with a poverty rate of nearly 28%.
Poverty is a cycle perpetuated by poor education and language barriers, two of the largest problems faced by many immigrant families arriving in El Cajon. YALLA's ultimate goal is to break this cycle of poverty by targeting these two problem areas. By working with families of child survivors of war and immigrant youths, YALLA helps rebuild lives through comprehensive academic, athletic, and leadership programs.
With the promise of education and the passion of soccer to inspire children to achieve a college education, YALLA is on a mission to remove the social and economic barriers that confront refugee and immigrant youth.