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Ahmed A. Yusuf

Hello. My name is Ahmed A. Yusuf and I want to introduce myself to you as the East African Community Organizer for Minneapolis Community Education and the Midtown YWCA. 

I office here at South High in room 110A, with Community Education Coordinator, Heather Borgman and with South High Public Relations Coordinator, Lisa Ramirez. I am on the South campus every Tuesday, Thursday and alternating Fridays. It is my job to reach out to the East African community, assess their needs and use that information to better inform programming provided by Community Education.

Whether you are a staff member, a student or a parent, please introduce yourself to me and I will do the same. To get to know me better, I'd like to offer a bit about my background.

I was born and raised in Mogadishu the capital city of Somalia. I finished my primary and secondary school years there. In 2007, I moved to India to further my educational goals. My older brother was already living in India, so it was easier for me to get university acceptance and start my adult life in India--both educationally and professionally.

Of course, my first language Somali is not what is spoken in India, so I adapted, and quickly learned Hindi to communicate with neighbors in my community, and English was required for study at Mahatma Gandhi University in New Delhi.

During my university years, I started working for the UNHCR-(United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in New Delhi. The UN Refugee Agency is a United Nations program with the mandate to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people, and assist in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country. UNHCR hired me as community mobilizer and my main duties were to build and enhance relationships with the Somali community and the UN Agency.

Luckily I got an amazing opportunity to come to the United States. So I moved to the U.S. in 2014. After I settled in Minnesota, I started looking for jobs in the nonprofit sector. I was offered a position at YWCA. As you likely know, the YWCA is nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.  

My position at the Y encompasses a partner relationship with Minneapolis Community Education, which happily brings me here, with you all, at South High School!