MINNEAPOLIS – Six organizations that work with Somali youth in Minnesota have been awarded $300,000 in grants to help combat terrorism. Here is a list of the groups that received the one-year grants, which were announced Thursday:
— Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota received $100,000 to enhance employment and educational opportunities for Somali youth. The program partners with a local mosque, the city and public school systems.
— Somali American Parent Association received $85,000 to partner with the youth group Ka Joog to implement a program that will engage youth, parents and families.
— Shanta Link received $35,000 to partner with African Immigration Community Services to address the stigma of mental illness among refugees.
— Ummah Project and its partner received $30,000 to train Somali-American youth ages 18 to 25 to work as mediators and restorative justice facilitators.
— Africa Reconciliation and Development Organization Inc. received $25,000 to prevent conflict in African diasporas. Funding will be directed to reconciliation programs, soccer and Somali arts classes for male students, ages 13 to 18.
— West Bank Athletic Club received $25,000 to conduct youth sports activities and hold communication sessions with parents.