State: New York

City of Residence: Staten Island, New York

Country of origin: Liberia

Arrival in the U.S.: 1999

Mr. George Tarr and his family were forced to flee Liberia in 1998 during the brutal civil war where they were at risk of being targeted because of his grandfather’s work as a government official. In 1999 he was resettled to Staten Island, New York, where he currently lives and attends college. Mr. Tarr is passionate about working to assist other people who are facing overwhelming challenges. He has been very involved in African Refuge, a neighborhood non-profit organization dedicated to serving at-risk youth. He is also the youngest board member of African Refuge, where he has been instrumental in designing programs that bring the community together, including a housing program, a health education program, and a drop-in center for teens. He has also served as a peer counselor at the International Rescue Committee where he mentored newly-arrived refugee students. He is most proud of contributing to his community by organizing and designing a mural painting project that still adorns the wall of the African Refuge office. He explains that this mural symbolizes that, “no matter where we are form, we are all the same because under the sun; the human race is just one big family and no man is an island. We must work together if we want our community to reflect who we are in a positive light.”

Word for US: Imperfect