Lights On Afterschool Celebration

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On October, 28, 2019, SRO participated in the annual Lights On Afterschool Celebration. Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating after school programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality after school programs. SRO works hard to provide after school programs that help youth success in school. Amy Eich the Executive Director of Community Education Northrop attended the event. Superintendent Muñoz of Rochester Public Schools attended the event. Other local organizations also participated.

Valley Fair

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Earlier this year we took a number of youth to Valley Fair to get them excited for the new school year. As we move forward we hope to provide trips like these to balance school work and fun. Traditionally, SRO provides trips like these before the start of the year.

The Highchool Graduating Class of 2018.

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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.

Cultural Awareness From Elders

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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.


Lights On Afterschool Celebration

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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.


Rochester Ford Van Donation

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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.

Trip to Mall of America.

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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.


Parent Education Class

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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.


Listening Session for Rochester’s Immigrant and Refuge Community.

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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.


Rochester Full Service Community Schools Event

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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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