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Council Member Warsame discusses jobs as part of building community resilience at White House summit

Feb. 29, 2015 (MINNEAPOLIS) Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame returned from a White House summit where he stressed the importance of jobs in improving Somali American communities and countering violent extremism.

Council Member Warsame joined U.S Attorney Andrew M. Luger and a group of 15 Twin Cities Somali community leaders, government and law enforcement representatives at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism on Feb. 18. The delegation presented the Twin Cities plan entitled “Building Community Resilience.”

The plan includes a call for expanded youth programming, mentoring, higher education scholarships, new job opportunities and training, and increased engagement between religious leaders and Somali youth. This effort seeks to bring together community-based organizations and local partners, including the Minneapolis and St. Paul school systems, interfaith organizations, nonprofits and NGOs, as well as state, county, and local governments. In addition to government sources of funding, philanthropic and private partners have committed to participate in the pilot program.

“Jobs and positive opportunities are absolutely essential to improving Somali American communities,” said Council Member Warsame in a statement that addressed national and international delegations. “Increased employment will help people in the community lift themselves out of poverty and give new opportunities to the next generation. Broadening the skill-base and building human capacity helps alleviate issues of unemployment, underemployment, lack of homeownership and poverty.” He continued by adding, “What my community needs is no less than a ‘Marshall Plan’ tailor-made for their employment challenge. This is what we’re working on building, our plan includes extended skill sets; work force development, mentorship, and job training with placement programs intended to significantly increase the number of jobs available.”

During his visit to Washington D.C., Council Member Warsame spent one-on-one time with President Barack Obama and participated in a roundtable discussion with Vice President Biden where inclusion, resilience and community engagement were discussed.


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People are sharing their thoughts on what success in Minneapolis looks like. See what they’re saying and share your thoughts with the Community Indicators Project at

The Community Indicators Project solicits public input on how the City can know it is achieving its goals. For example, what does “living well” (one of the five City goals) mean to those who live, work and play in Minneapolis? Does it mean connected neighborhoods? Access to amenities? Safe streets?

Join in the conversation using the online engagement tool at, and encourage folks you know in Minneapolis to also weigh in. It’s quick and easy to participate, and you can spend as much or as little time within the tool as you want.

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MPD Looking for Speakers for 'Community Engagement Series'


As part of the Minneapolis Police Department’s increased focus on continuous community engagement, the deaprtment is seeking qualified speakers to share neighborhood perspectives and local history with our Officers on a Precinct level. The MPD Community Speaker Series will enable Officers and Supervisors to learn from the select speakers’ insight, giving them a broader view of the communities they serve.

Send your name, address and an explanation on how you would present community perspectives, local history and ways to build partnerships with the Officers in your local police precinct to Scott Seroka at  Please use “Community Speaker Series” in the subject line of your email.


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