Jul 17

The Highchool Graduating Class of 2018.

Somalia Rebuild Organization hosted an event to recognize the highshcool graduating class of 2018. The event was held at STEM academy on June 30th, 2018. The goal of this event was to honor those who graduated in the Somali community and to become role models for the younger generation. Over 94 students were at the event to receive certificates of appreciation.

Many members from local/state governments, universities, students, and Somali elders spoke at the event to encourage youth to consider the value of higher education.

Government officials who spoke at the event include the Mayor of Rochester, MN who also received a special certificate. At the state level we have Duane Sauke our Minnesota State Representative.

From the Universtaives we have James Ford representing the Univeristy of MN- Rochester. From Winnona State University we had Samantha Eckerson.

We also had bright students speak at the event to show what can be achieved as a student. Isse Mohamed a P.HD Research candidate at Mayo Graduate School spoke to students about pursuing your goals and never giving up. Isse Mohamed will have defend his thesis in two weeks. Munira Alimire graduated this year and earned a full ride scholarship to a higher education institution of her choice. Munira Alimire committed to Stanford University. Hawa Ali is another brilliant student who currently has a full ride scholarship at the University of MN Medical School. Each of these students talked about their journey to education.

Some of the Somali community elders spoke about key topics their children could use in their planning. A few key points were the importance of seeking out help, to always try, and to never let doubt in.

Jul 17

Cultural Awareness From Elders

On February 22nd, 2018 Somali Rebuild Organization hosted an event for the youth centered around cultural awareness. Many elders in the community spoke and the youth had the opportunity to ask questions. Educational institutions such as UMR, retired faculty from RCTC, former professors, and other community leaders spoke at the event.

 

Nov 25

Lights On Afterschool Celebration

Somali Rebuild participated in the national Lights On after school Celebration on October, 23rd, 2017.  This was the first time our students and youth participated in the Lights On after school cerebration. Many parents, youth and students came to the event in addition to organizations such UMR, Rochester STEM academy, Rochester Math and Science, and Minnesota Representative Duane Sauke.   SRO would like to thank the Department of Education for the 21st Century Grant which will last for the next three years in partner with the Rochester Public School, Boys and Girls Club, and other organizations.

The Rochester Somali TV was there to cover the events live so they broadcast to the Somali community in Olmsted County in order to learn about 21st Century Grant.

 

Nov 13

Rochester Ford Van Donation

We would like to thank Rochester Ford for contributing to Somalia Rebuild Organization through a van donation. The van will greatly assist with the transportation for low-income students to and from our after school program. In addition it will be used to transport youth when traveling for sports tournaments.
 
We would personally like to thank Scott Roberts the
General Manager of Rochester Ford. Somalia Rebuild Organization would like to endorse Ford as a valuable partner when it comes to the transpiration needs of the Somali community.

Sep 02

Trip to Mall of America.

With the end of summer comes the start of school. However some are looking forward to SRO’s after-school program. On August 25th, we helped the kids celebrate the end of summer with a trip to Mall of America.

 

Aug 07

Parent Education Class

The Rochester Somali Community has gathered on behalf of Somalia Rebuild Organization’s Parent Education Class. The event was held at Rochester STEM Academy on Saturday August 5th, 2017.
Key speakers at the event were:

Fanah H. Adam, (MS) Educational Leadership Academic Admission Advisor, South Central College Mankato
Michael D. Anthony, PH.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Rochester Community and Technical College

Don Barlow Rochester School Board
Lori Carrell Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Development At UMR
Amy Eich, Executive Director of Community Education at Rochester Public Schools
Faduma Iisa Community activities
Deeq Mahamed Rochester Math and Science Academy

The speakers were from Rochester, Mankato educational institutions and the Somali community. They explained the importance of education for the parents.

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Apr 01

Listening Session for Rochester’s Immigrant and Refuge Community.

Somalia Rebuild Organization had the opportunity to attend a Listening Session for Rochester’s immigrant and refuge community. The purpose of this meeting was to meet our State and federal elected officials. We had a discussion about issues pertaining to the community. Such issues included Healthcare, Muslim ban, and immigration. We had the opportunity to meet Senator David H. Senjem, Senator Carla J. Nelson, Representative Duane Sauke and three Representatives for Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Al Franken and Congressman Tim Walz .

The event was held on March 18th, 2017 at Rochester Stem Academy.

 

Feb 11

Rochester Full Service Community Schools Event

As the Executive Director of Somalia Rebuild Organization I had the opportunity to attend the Rochester Full Service Community Schools event held on Thursday, February 9 Rochester ALC.

The event was focused on the collective partnerships between Rochester Public Schools, United Way of Olmsted County, the individual school site, and other community resources. The Mayor was also present at this community event.

I had the opportunity to speak with Superintendent Michael Munoz on how to better serve and benefit the Somali students through the
Rochester Full Service Community.

The speakers of the event were:
Jerome Ferson, United Way of Olmsted County

Karen Martinez, Parent & Staff of Gage Elementary, Community School

Tucker Quetone, President of the Rochester Education Association

Michael Munoz, Superintendent, Rochester Public Schools

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Jan 22

Somali Rebuild Organization hosted a friendly basketball game at the local Rochester YMCA on Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Somali Rebuild Organization hosted a friendly basketball game at the local Rochester YMCA on Sunday, January 15th, 2017. Four teams in total played against each other classified into two divisions.  The 1st division was aged from 12- 13 and the 2nd division was aged 13-16. Two teams from Rochester, MN and two teams from Minneapolis, MN.

The Minneapolis team was brought by the Somali Youth Development Organization Minnesota (SYDOM)   led by Abdulakadir Shiekh the coach of the Somali National Team and the team coach captain Abdulkadir Dahir. The Rochester team was hosted by Somalia Rebuild Organization (SRO)  led by the professional basketball coach captain Ali Ibrahim Abdi (Ali Japan) the Sports Director of Somalia Rebuild Organization.

 

The purpose of the friendly match was to motivate sportsman like conduct and to encourage youth to practice healthy competition. This was the first time Somalia Rebuild Organization hosted a team from Minneapolis and their coach agreed to continue this effort so the youth can stay connected through sports.  Overall the event has allowed the youth to look forward to future matches between both cities.

Dec 26

Students Leaders Creating Change with Diversity Council Rochester

Our after-school program consisted of teaching the Somali youth English, Math, and Science. Somalia Rebuild Organization had the opportunity to implement the “Students Leaders Creating Change” training sponsored by the Diversity Council of Rochester, MN. The Students Leaders Creating Change training program, continued for four months from September 2016 to December 21,2016. All of the children who participated in the program were rewarded with a certificate.

Somali Rebuild Organization would like to thank the Diversity Council and their teachers who took the time to teach the students.

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