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Born in Syria, Laith was determined to begin a new chapter of his life in America when he turned 17, even though it meant leaving his family.  Within weeks of his arrival, his living arrangement fell through and Laith became homeless. 

Committed to finishing high school, Laith traveled every day 6 to 7 hours by bus from the shelter in San Diego to his school in San Marcos. He watched as other students were dropped off by parents or drove their own cars to school.

Despite these challenges, Laith maintained a positive attitude, learned English, and never missed a day of school. He was even voted “Top 25 Students to Become Successful” by his peers. He shares, “I could have given up and gone back to Syria at any time but I had faith in myself and I knew this would only be temporary.”

Laith spent some time at Polinsky Children’s Center where he met Nina, a JIT participant. Nina spoke of  her positive experience with our community and helped him get connected.

Shortly after joining JIT, he gained essential education supplies like a laptop and printer from College Bound, as well as a community to believe in him. 

Laith says, “Just in time is special to me because of the connections I’ve made. I talk with (JIT Staffer) Sanam just once a month, she remembers what we talked about last time and asks about my progress with my goals. She encourages me to keep striving and always keeps me in mind for opportunities that align with my passions, helping me feel supported and valuable.”

Laith is currently studying International Business at Palomar College and he explores career options, he’d like to connect with people in our community who he can learn from. Please reach us at sanam@jitfosteryouth.org if you’re interested in speaking with Laith.

“I can move rocks by myself but with a community, I can move mountains.”
Laith Khodr

JIT Participant

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