Friday, August 6, 2010


I sat in Thursday’s class, not knowing whether to cry or just sit there. I was amazed by the relationship the young man and the youth worker had. I applaud him for sharing his story with us, of how he made some bad choices in life and turned his life around. What was most intriguing to me was hearing how he was instantly moved by the way his mentor spoke to him the first time.

As youth workers we often times overlook the simplicity of the whole work before us. In a lot of ways we put too much focus on putting together programs for young people, applying for grants. It seems as though we focus on things we have little to no control over. We forget to concentrate on what we do have control over, such as how we interact with these young people.

That’s a reoccurring theme I have noticed, in which we tend to concentrate on what we have no power over. It has made me realized as a young youth worker, to put my time and energy in establishing relationships with these youth. I know that I might come across challenges along he way, but the most important thing I can do as a youth worker is to be myself and work to create opportunities for these youth. I can’t change people, but I know that one is able to pick up on those who have potential. Youth programs attract many young people, but sometimes you can tell those who have potential. That’s not to say that we have to give up on people, but the truth is sometimes we can’t save everyone.

I loved the idea of creating a neighborhood save house, where kids can go to if they are having any troubles with family, or if their parents are working. This will create a safe space whether these kids can nurture healthy relationships. Sometimes kids have single parent households, where the parent is always working, thus giving the youth a lot of room to either be productive or get into trouble. As we know most times kids chose the latter, and media portrayals doesn’t do them justice. The reason is because the media way too often concentrates on the negative portrayal of young people, especially of that of inner city youth of color. It creates misconceptions that these kid’s parents are the primary reason for their delinquency. It never once mentions how their parents are away not because they are high on over dosage of drugs, but the fact that they simply are trying to make a living to provide a roof for their children.

I loved your idea of creating a safe house for the youth, in case they want to spend the night. As we all know many young people end up getting into trouble because they don’t have parental supervision. They don’t have anyone to look after them, and something that we are all aware of is that if young people don’t have anything to do they will most probably get themselves into trouble. With that said, I find it quite interesting that there aren’t already safe houses. As you mentioned, this will be a space where young people will interact with other children and have an adult present. But some problems we can probably run into is what if young people feel as though they can run into this house anytime they want to escape their parents? Even in situations where they are disrespectful. That is why it is very important that we involved the parents of the neighborhood in helping sustain this house. We want to create a space where kids are allowed to come and feel save, but not in the expense of disrespecting their parents, or to use as a hide-out.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

What's it going to be?

We have to think of ways to empower the youth to resist temptations. In my opinion many of these young men do what they do because we've essentially created a system in which they have many forces pulling against them, whether it be societal forces that were put in place to keep some of our youth busy, or cultural needs not being met. Whatever the reason may be, I believe if given the platform and the resources no young person would choice to mess up their lives.

---> Let's push for big institutions to invest in our youth
---> let's become more proactive rather than responding after somethings happened. This goes for the fact that we talk about youth issues after we determine that there is a problem. Why not create programs to keep young folks out of trouble? Programs such as the CRIME PREVENTION INTERN that allow young people to feel respected. We have to include young people in the discussion making and for once give them the leadership roles they so desperately deserve.

I believe in the power of dialogue. It is only through it that we can than discover ways to go about doing something...


It sickens me that my people are not able to come together in order to do something for themselves.
I see myself asking myself why is it that we all want peace but yet are unable to commit to it?
We have been through it all.
From starvation, famine to rape to kilings of loved ones
My people have seen it all..
But then why do my people still call war on themselves?
The youth of today must answer that question,
and determine what path they wish to take...
Will they continue to carry on this none sense state of statelessness
Or will they learn to create stability and peace in the motherland?
I have faith that we the Youth of Today will answer that call.
So the real question is who's with me now?

Friday, January 8, 2010

Putting my best foot forth......

Yes I am all enthusiastic suddenly. I haven’t been posting lately and this will be my second post for 2010 and obviously I want to continue it with all vigor and enthusiasm. It could be that I have a new way of looking at life. I no longer dwell on the past, but instead focus on living in the moment. I have surrounded myself with a positive group of individuals who brighten up my days and nights, and give new meaning to my life. I also have realized how amazing my family is. Sometimes we seek happiness in all the wrong places that we then realize that what we’ve been looking for has always been there. My community has been stricken with the tragic slaying of three men this past Wednesday. Everyone is still mourning their death, and scrambling for answers as to whom would want them dead? I see this and similar incidents as events that help us get things into perspectives. Sometimes we get so caught up living life, that we forget our true purpose.. I will not let myself down, and just continue to live each day without really seeing it as my last. As a result my resolution is mainly, “To live through beyond all expectations and acceptance. Life is just too short.”

We’ve go on with life without realizing how much time we’ve wasted.
As a result I will learn to live in the moment, for I have today and not promised tomorrow.
I will remind my mother how much I admire her strong will to care for my brother and family.
I will earn my degree and grant my dad an early retirement and thank him for being a positive male role model to my siblings and me but also to his brothers and sisters.
I will thank Allah every day for all that his blessed me with, and most importantly for not giving up on me.
I will invest in a few organizations in which I am passionate about, for it’s not about quantity so much as quality.
I will work to strive in bettering myself each and every day.
Last but not least, I will simply put my best foot forth and make things happen.

Live A Life Without Regrets

Life is a jigsaw puzzle...
When you first look at it, you wonder - how you're ever gonna make the pieces fit?
But, take your time. Go step by step!
As the fragments come together, you will see the picture!
It's the same with life!
Even if it seems like a mess at the start, every incident that happens to you come together and shapes it
Don't give up in between - there is a beautiful picture waiting to UNFOLD!!!

Life is Best for those who want to Live it,
Life is Difficult for those who want to Analyze it,
Life is worst for those who want to Criticize it,
Our Attitude Defines Life...

Enjoy Your Life,
Laugh so Hard That even Sorrow Smiles at You,
Live Life so Well That even Death Loves to see you Alive,
Fight so Hard That even Fate accepts its Defeat...

Friday, December 11, 2009

What now?

Somalia my beautiful country. I sit and wonder what will happen to my people whom we left back home? They face constant danger of being hit by a stray bullet, but yet remain to stay put and not abandon their land. Growing up in the U.S. for the past 16 years of my life, I feel a sense of shame. This shame comes from the fact that we as the students who are pursuing higher education in the diaspora have become too comfortable in our current situation. As sad as it is for me to admit I am one of those people. I can't imagine being in Somalia and enduring the pain and constant struggle that those back home face on a daily basis.

With that said, I feel a deep passion to do my part in at least raising awareness about the struggle of those back home. Luckily we've been able to escape the mayhem, but that shouldn't keep us from thinking about what we can do to better our beautiful Somalia. Yes Somalia has been without a central government for quite sometime now, but then CHANGE will come. Change comes with the mindset of having hope, and translating that hope to organizing people to take the leadership role in making it happen. After organizing then can we act as ONE people, with one vision in mind of making Somalia what it once was. That dream will come true INSHA'ALLAH with the help of Allah. It requires for us to put aside our differences, and remind ourselves of what Somalia was. With the images and memories of what Somalia was we can be HOPEFUL that with hard work and determination CHANGE WILL COME!!!!!!

I pray that I live to see a UNITED Somalia. I pray that my kids will see it as well, and be PROUD to state that they are Somalis. I want to preserve and carry on the Somali culture and language. May we act on our wishes and remember that wishes/dreams are the starting point to creating lasting change. CHANGE will come.......

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

MAKE Every Week AIDS WEEK!!!

It’s AIDS Week, and as I surf the Internet I come across many facebook wall pictures as well as twitter pages showcasing the red ribbon. Now don’t get me wrong, but SERIOUSLY do we need a week to remind us of all the people dying of AIDS?
I don’t mean to sound cynical but we as people need to do more to not only educate ourselves about this disheartening issue, and ask ourselves what role we can play in getting antiretroviral therapy to those living in the poorest of countries. Maybe we ought to start, right here in America, after all CHARITY DOES START AT HOME. Sometimes it irritates me of how we picture Africa as the nation that is good for nothing and in desperate need of not only our financial assistance but of our medical advances. But then if we’re honest with ourselves, we come to realize that one doesn’t have to travel far to find people who are unable to pay for antiretroviral therapy to not only tend their lifespan but to reduce their infectiousness. Truth is we have come too overly individualistic that it’s more about ME, ME, ME rather than WE.
We need to think of what we can do to really make a difference in the lives of those living with AIDS, and make it OUR problem rather than just theirs. Harmony and happiness comes from helping others and working towards the common good rather than assuming that there’s nothing You can do. It takes someone to create a movement that can change lives. That change needs to start somewhere, might as well work to create it.
It’s a start the people are taking interest about AIDS, but we cannot pick and choose which parts to be parts of. We need to be PROACTIVE and work to make EVERY WEEK AIDS week because after this week, AIDS will continue to kill hundreds of thousands of People. Let us work towards creating lasting change that will increase the life span of those living with AIDS and work to create awareness. AIDS is not the problem of those living in AFRICA; AIDS is our problem. Together we can do it.

Remember we must all strive to become the change we wish to see in the world…

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