Stories from The Edge
In His Own Words: Aman's Story
I am a first generation Dreamer. My parents are from Ethiopia. Their reason for moving to the United States was not dissimilar to many other refugees. They wanted their kids to have opportunities, education, health, and safety – things that they didn’t have in Africa.
As they adjusted, instead of taking me down a bad road, I followed someone straight to the CIHAD orientation. With help from CIHAD, I was able to graduate from high school and go to college on a full scholarship.
The dreams of CIHAD kids, just like many kids in similar situations, fall in line with the American Dream – the idea that anyone can prosper and succeed if they work hard. But the reality is at-risk kids face daunting. CIHAD is important because it nurtures these kids by keeping them focused on education and turning once at-risk kids into dreamers. I should know.
-Aman Adumer is currently a student at the University of Denver, majoring in Economics. He plans to run for office one day.