"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

~ Confucius

Our Story

Laotian Americans are the product of the great American Melting Pot.

Refugees escaped the Vietnam War and the Secret Civil War by fleeing across the Mekong River to Thailand and eventually settling in the United States in the early and mid-80s. Many families migrated to the Central Valley, particularly in Fresno, because of the opportunity to farm and work. Without much guidance and support, most families moved into poor neighborhoods of Fresno where rent was cheap and poverty was rampant. 

We have witnessed many parents and grandparents suffering from depression and hopelessness and many youths falling into the hands of violence and drugs.  Community leaders and members came together and established the Laotian-American Community of Fresno (LACF) to provide support and solutions for our children, youths and families. 

Our mission is empowering and supporting community and families to achieve educational and socio-economic success through leadership development, mentoring, and cultural preservation.

Thank you for visiting and for your interest in our families, students and community.  We look forward to meeting and working with you so that together we can build a more successful future for families and students who are in great need of support and guidance.