Engaging Somali Parents
Safi Khalid - Founder and Executive Director of Youth Innovation Empowerment Leadership Development (YIELD)
This workshop will focus on strategies for engaging with Somali parents so that they are able to navigate educational and other systems on behalf of their children; and support their child(ren)’s educational achievement. Practical steps for building relationships with Somali parents, understanding barriers for Somali parents within the public school system, and supporting parents in self-advocacy, will be presented.
Bio: Safi Khalif is the founder and the Executive Director of YIELD, (Youth Innovation Empowerment Leadership Development). Mr. Khalif started this organization to help young individuals become an essential part of their community through education, tutoring, parent-teacher conference, mentorship pals, training and job-placement, behavior health services, resources for the homeless, summer camps and competitions, in-class culture orientation and development, and much more.
Mr. Khalif graduated from Metro State University in 2016, and works with large refugee families in their first five years in the United States, helping them thrive by focusing on their major needs. Prior to founding YIELD, Mr. Khalif worked as a Student Dean at Minneapolis Public Schools. While at MPS, he created a new program for newly arrived Somali students.
Mr. Khalid also started a summer youth program called Horn Tea House in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, which focused on teaching East African youth how to run small businesses, and learn about their culture, poetry, and community.