About Us

Who We are?

We are community builders and confidence builders

Founded to support the growth of youth and families of St. Paul inner-city young adults, giving them access to knowledge, experiences, and opportunities previously not available to them.

What We Do

Since its founding in 2010, Youth and Family Circle aspires to positively impact the community in areas of relationship by providing services to children and families, including summer camps, support groups, and seminars and educational events. Our focus is on immigrants who are newer to Minnesota and the United States, mainly East African migrants who may be low-income and below the poverty level. We have a physical location in Ramsey County (Roseville) and provide services in our facility and out in the community.

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Why We Do

Our immigrant youth are falling through the cracks of the education system. We aspire to create a shift in how systems, such as schools, law enforcement, the government, and organizations, better provide prevention and intervention services, with a particular focus on the segment of youth who are often underinvested in and overlooked. The existing systems and structures of society do not adequately serve the needs nor create a transformation in successfully serving Somali, East African, and other immigrant students. 

Our Impact

Youth and Family Circle’s programs inspire confidence, increased behavior discipline, improved engagement, and avoidance of drug use and alcohol use and addiction. The kids we serve are genuinely underserved and feel unnoticed. Our programs increase social equity, and our outcomes are unmatched in boosting confidence, engagement, mental health, and overall zest for life in youth who strive to make impact their communities, which create engaged adults.

 

By The Numbers

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Children
Served and attended summer camps since 2010
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Families
Fed through our 2020 Food Bank program
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Kids
On our waiting list to join our summer camp
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Bikes
Given to kids in need through the years
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Kids
Attend each college visit or job shadowing event
Our Leaders

Mahmud Kanyare, Founder and Executive Director

Mahmud has been Executive Director for ten years for Youth and Family Circle. An immigrant himself, he has a heart and a passion for those newer to the States. Mahmud immigrated from Somalia and has not seen a river or large body of water until he arrived in Minnesota.

A mentor, speaker, lecturer, and subject matter expert in all things culture, diversity, and implying culturally relevant discussion, Mahmud strives to bridge the gap between all people to bring a mutual understanding. He has spoken at such places, including The Basilica of Saint Mary, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Hamline University, and Saint Paul College.

Mahmud holds an associate’s degree in Islamic Studies with the Islamic University of Minnesota and pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and three children, playing basketball, and arranging community engagement events.

Why The YFC

A recent immigrant from war-torn Somalia in the sixth grade, his teacher shared that the class would be spending a week at summer camp. Coming from East Africa, Mahmud had never seen or experienced a running river or lake. Lake Andrew in Sibley State Park (Alexandria, MN) was the lake he ever experienced and continues to underserved youth today.

“I love when kids experience a body of water for the first time, as they inch closer, you can feel their senses come alive.”

Lake Andrew in Sibley State Park (Alexandria, MN) was the first lake he ever experienced.

“It felt like something new as many children from Somalia and East Africa are plagued with civil war and cannot truly experience the care-free feeling of American children. That is something all children deserve to experience as it nourishes the soul.”

Our Leaders

Nimo Said, Director of Operations

Nimo’s responsibilities include being a one-on-one mentor, organizing community events, day to day operations, leading support groups on topics such as drug addiction, sexual assault, and mental health. With her background and training in health care, Nimo shines in helping her community and taking care of their needs.

Nimo is a Registered Medical Assistant and clinical charge nurse within the MHealth Fairview Health System. Nimo has been in the medical field for 18 years and is also an instructor for mental health first aid. Her empathy gained by being a nurse further propels her love for others.

When she is not working, she is typically hiking, watching the NBA, spending time with her children and family.

Why The YFC

Nimo came into Youth and Family Circle as a family that utilized the organization’s services.

“I couldn’t afford to take my kids to get away from the city, and Youth and Family Circle provided peace of mind that we are safe and within our community.”

Nimo is a single mother raising seven kids ranging in age from seven to 24. She is incredibly empathetic to those she serves today as she has experienced the struggles, persevered through, and knows there are brighter days ahead.

“Youth and Family Circle was there for me, it’s my turn to give back, and I want to give my community the confidence boost it needs.”

Our Leaders

Aisha Adan, Program Director

Our Leaders

Yasmin Adan, Chief Social Responsibility Officer

Founders Include

Mahdi Osman
Neelain Muhammad
MohamedAmin Kedir
Yura Fora

How you can help

Our immigrant youth are falling through the cracks of the education system. We aspire to create a shift in how systems, such as schools, law enforcement, the government, and organizations, better provide prevention and intervention services, with a particular focus on the segment of youth who are often underinvested in and overlooked. The existing systems and structures of society do not adequately serve the needs nor create a transformation in successfully serving Somali, East African, and other immigrant students.