Stories of Growth: Habon


This is one of our many “Stories of Growth” in our latest Giving Tuesday Series.

“I want to go to university!” Habon exclaimed this without hesitation when she began eighth grade.

A few years ago, Habon’s dream was supported by her tutor, who diligently printed out PSAT exams, lent her a laptop, and pushed her to take practice tests from her own academic past. Habon was always hard at work at tutoring, taking full advantage of the experience the tutors brought by asking for assistance with financial aid forms and college applications.

“I want to go to university!”

-Habon, in eighth grade

SDRT has had the joy of playing a role in Habon’s life and success; she is the first in her family to apply to and be accepted by a 4-year university.

Habon is currently at SDSU finishing up her first semester as a freshman. 

San Diego Refugee Tutoring’s story is one of growth. Ten years ago, we tutored 10 kids once a week; today, we tutor 85 kids twice a week. But the greater story of growth is not our numbers but in our students themselves.

The kids who once avoided homework now eagerly come to tutoring seeking help. The ones who arrived in the US without knowing the English alphabet are now flying through chapter books. They come to tutoring and unfold their homework because they believe that they just might be able to do it. This growth in confidence cannot be quantified; it’s immeasurable. 

SDRT is the only accessible academic support for most of our kids. Will you partner with us so we can continue to provide this valuable support for each and every one of our students?

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About Melissa Phillips

Melissa Phillips is one of the founders of San Diego Refugee Tutoring and currently serves as its Program Director. She has four incredible children, many years of teaching experience, and a supportive husband who also works in education.

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