Yusuf was born in Somalia. In 2003, as the country was in turmoil, he and his family fled to Kenya as refugees. While in Kenya, he learned to speak Swahili and some basic English. After 8 years in Kenya, Yusuf was given the chance to move to Utah in 2011, but had to leave his mother behind.
Once in Utah, he lived in a foster home and with hard work, mastered the English language. He now works as an interpreter with our agency, interpreting for people who speak Somali and Swahili. He loves interpreting and enjoys helping people because he understands the struggles of not knowing English and not being able to communicate in this country.
Yusuf is planning to finish his degree in General Studies soon and would love to pursue a career in Criminal Justice to further help the community. In his free time, he often spends time playing soccer with foster children.