During Black History month, it is vital to acknowledge Black figures of the past while also recognizing the influential Black pioneers of the present working to make the earth, and specifically the outdoors, a better, more available place. This February, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recognized Youth and Family Circle’s founder, Mahmud Kanyare, in their monthly newsletter, The Trailblazer. We are truly honored to be recognized as Black trailblazers by the state of Minnesota. Working toward inclusion by extending nature’s accessibility and other crucial resources to Black immigrant youth are the cornerstones on which our group was founded.
Mahmud Kanyare founded Youth and Family Circle to respect the earth as our home and offer outdoor experiences and activities to new immigrant families after immigrating from Somalia to Minnesota. By sharing his passion for the outdoors and providing essential resources to immigrant youth, he can ensure that these underserved families can access formative experiences that will improve their mental and physical health.
Black history month celebrates the achievements of Black history-makers in the past and present. At Youth and Family Circle, we believe supporting our families through outdoor activities, college tours, mentorship, and community engagements will help develop the future Black trailblazers of America. Additionally, we would like to acknowledge all the extraordinary Black trailblazers in our community that work every day toward a better life for Black immigrant children. Let’s continue to recognize the achievements of Black history-makers after February as well!
To read the full article featuring Mahmud Kanyare and other distinguished Black artists, leaders, and figures in the Minnesota State Parks and Trails’ Black Trailblazer, click here.