In light of the December 2013 conflict in South Sudan, the Dut Jok Youth Foundation has expanded its programming to the United States because the youth in the US have the greatest potential to leading a prosperous South Sudan for decades to come. We sponsored the South Sudanese Youth Summit in the summer of 2014 that consisted of workshops, a basketball clinic and gala. The foundation has supported the South Sudanese Youth Congress since 2014, an organization that works to empower Sudanese youth in the United States to achieve academically, professionally and socially. The Congress serves youth from South Sudan, Darfur, Abyei, South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Since 2014, it has reached more than 600 youth in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas and Missouri.
It is of unparalleled importance that we intentionally inspire, engage and empower the youth to take proactive actions in improving their circumstances. To achieve this, the Dut Jok Youth Foundation will continue to sponsor the South Sudanese Youth Congress–an organization by (South) Sudanese youth, serving (South) Sudanese. We will continue to seek strategic partnerships to empower youth in the United States.