Refugee Teens Learn San Diego Culture By Playing Outdoors

“A day at the beach is a standard San Diego outing, but not for this group of 80 teenagers from El Cajon Valley High School. These are survivors. All of them are refugee immigrants who came to San Diego County less than three years ago. Most are from Iraq. Many can’t even swim.

El Cajon Valley High School teamed up with the nonprofit Outdoor Outreach to give these teens a chance to play in the water. On this day they were learning how to kayak and paddle board. The secret to success, according to 15-year-old Mustafa Mustafa, is to, “keep doing it and keep falling — you’re going to learn.”

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