Somali American Parent Association (SAPA) is a 501 (c)(3) organization serving East African students and their families in Minnesota since 2009.
The Somali American Parent Association envisions a community of Somali parents who have the capacity to navigate and participate in the school system, to be knowledgeable about children and youth issues, and to be supportive of their children’s school work.
SAPA's goal is to be highly regarded as an expert in the field, acting as the first stop for parents, students and educators for expertise and cutting edge resources. Our mission is to is to empower Somali families to be involved in all aspects of their children's education by partnering with community institutions, charter schools, and school districts. SAPA advocates for and supports East African students and their families as they strive towards academic excellence while creating stronger connections between the East African community and the education system.
We are launching a brand new program this summer: SAPA's Above and Beyond Summer Institute. This is a 6-week college prep program for high school students. Students should see this page for more information. If you are interested in working on this program, we are hiring a Lead Program Instructor, a College Prep Tutor, and an ACT Specialist/College Prep Tutor.
New internship opportunities have been posted! 20- and 40-hour internships available in a variety of areas. Applications accepted on a rolling basis with a priority deadline of April 20, 2014. Check it out!
SAPA is recruiting an AmeriCorps VISTA service member to serve as an Administrative Capacity and Youth Program Quality Coordinator for 2014-2015. The VISTA's primary responsibility will be to further develop a strong summer program, but will also have the opportunity to work with SAPA staff to build capacity in areas such as intern and volunteer management, financial development, administration, communications, and academic-year youth programs. AmeriCorps VISTAs serve full time at community sites for a year in exchange for a modest stipend and several benefits. Qualified applicants must be 18 years or older, U.S. citizens, and must have experience or interest in nonprofit and youth work. Desirable candidates will demonstrate initiative, good time management, excellent communication skills, flexibility, creativity, and willingness to work cross-culturally. For more information, see our posting at the Minnesota
So far in 2014 SAPA has received two grants: one from the Best Buy Foundation to support SAPA's OST programming and one from the Otto Bremer Foundation to support a pilot summer program starting in 2014. Thank you! We really appreciate your support of community programs!
This announcement is to communicate to the public that SAPA intends to submit a competitive federal funding request from the 21st Century Community Learning Center through the Department of Education. Our goal is to expand the Out-of-School-Time services we offer in order to reach more East African students in the Twin Cities and encourage academic achievement and community engagement.
If you have questions about this process and what it means for our community, please contact Program Director Brooke Barber at bbarber @mnsapa.org or 612-359-4949.
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Somali American Parent Association - 1929 South 5th Street Ste. 101 - Minneapolis, MN 55454 - 612.359.4949