Somali Parent American Association
SAPA promotes the empowerment of Somali youth, parents, and African communities in Minnesota through a holistic approach to services that include education, community engagement, and advocacy.
Why The Somali Community?
The influx of Somali refugees into Minneapolis has created both challenges and new opportunities for East African families and school districts. Somali and East African students face several barriers to a successful academic experience. They are often many grade levels behind and may lack adequate English proficiency and struggle with cultural barriers. In addition, they often lack adequate support in school. While parents support their children at home, they struggle to support their children in school due to cultural differences, socio-economic status, and their own education and language levels.read more
SAPA was founded in 2008 by Mohamed Mohamud, a Somali immigrant with more than twelve years of teaching experience in the Minneapolis Public Schools, to address the needs of East African parents with regards to their children's education.read more
At the Somali American Parent Association, we pride ourselves in the innovative approach we take in the development of educational programs and relationships that build an inclusive and equitable community.read more
SAPA envisions a supportive community in which all parents and children can navigate and actively participate in educational opportunities, create healthy lives, and thrive in an environment of cross-cultural understanding.read more
Parent Engagement And EmpowermentSAPA was founded in 2008 with the sole purpose of supporting and educating parents so they could learn how to be involved with their children’s schools and how to support their children’s academic success.
Cultural Training And ConsultingSAPA works with schools, teachers, and administrators to better educate East African youth. We are able to provide professional development workshops and training sessions for school and district staff interested in learning more about Somali culture.
ConsultationsSAPA understands that the relatively recent influx of East African refugees in Minnesota has presented a variety of challenges and opportunities to school districts. As an organization with many years of experience in both the education community and the Somali community, it would be our privilege to support you as you navigate these new opportunities and challenges.
what people say about us
It is thrilling to hear him say, 'that's so easy' when he faces a problem that was challenging in the fall. We are so glad to haveShamso Farah, USA Program Tutor
One of my students mastered the pattern on long division. She was so excited, she asked if we could show her parents... She correctly answered severalAbdimalik Askar, USA Assistant Principal