Four people stand in an industrial kitchen. Pheng Yang is speaking. He is wearing a collared, short-sleeved shirt, shorts, and sneakers.

Pheng Yang, vice president of the Hmong Foundation of Connecticut, gives directions to volunteers at the fundraising event. The foundation started by older Hmongs is being handed down to the younger generation. “Maybe it’s time for a younger generation to step up,” Yang said. Yehyun Kim / CT Mirror