Thrive! is apart of the Laotian American National Alliance (LANA). LANA was founded in 1999 and has been the only Laotian American non-partisan, non-religious, non-profit, national leadership organization in the United States advocating for social justice, civic and civil rights, public education; economic well-being, public policy, and representing the Laotian national identity and interests at the national tables in promoting equality and opportunities for all multi-ethnic people from the country of Laos.

Thirty-eight percent of Laotian American students are dropping out of high school and only 12.5 percent are completing their Bachelors Degree. LANA’s aim is to empower Laotian American youth to attain their educational goals, therefore Thrive! was born to serve as a hub for Laotian American youth and volunteers who are passionate and want to help educate today’s youth.

LANA Thrive! is a mentor program where high school and college students can be paired up for 6 months to a year with a mentor to learn from their experiences and for coaching students to reach their highest potential. Mentors from all walks of life are welcome to indicate interest in being a part of our program. Students can list their preferences in terms of finding a mentor to help guide them through the college application process, to learn how to seek out resources to improve grades, talk to someone to help with career exploration and major seeking, or to just speak with someone to help navigate any adversity the student might be facing. We are here to help students learn to become independent and comfortable in planning for their future.

If you would like to be a mentor please email me: Neeyada Santopietro at: . Please feel free to look over the mentoring handbook: LANA Mentor Manual (1)