CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Two Cleveland students secured $5,000 in funding to expand a program that works to build relationships between refugee and non-refugee students in Northeast Ohio.
Karson Baldwin from University School and Israel Kambomba from Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy presented their “One Respe” pitch as part of the Accelerate Citizens Make Change competition.
“One Respe” comes from the Haitian Creole expression of welcome that means “honor and respect.”
Kambomba is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Baldwin said service projects, social interactions and “normal teen activities” help to knock down barriers. He said the relationships built through the program are mutually beneficial.
Baldwin said Kambomba has helped him with studying the French language. Kambomba said Baldwin has helped him further develop his English skills.
Over the next year, the two will be working with a diverse group of professionals to expand “One Respe.”