Xai arrived in the U.S. from Laos in 2004 and his native language is Hmong. He has worked with his tutor Nick since 2013 learning the alphabet and to speak English, learning basic math skills including fractions, learning how to read his bills and communicate better with his landlord. This past year, after renting for over 25 years, he bought his first house after learning about mortgages and different types of insurance and home repairs. This learning pair just quit working together this August because Xai met all his goals, but they continue to keep in touch when Xai has any questions. This is a great example of how a tutor becomes a mentor to their student and the powerful effect a tutor can have to help improve someone’s life.