Somali Community Fights Terrorism through Job Training
Community organizers say the unemployment rate in the Somali community is often more than 50 percent.
Al-Shabab, a terror organization, often targets impoverished and isolated Somalis with their recruitment efforts. That's why an effort is under way to equip Somalis with the skills they'll need to acquire jobs. Currently, Summit Academy OIS in Minneapolis is training Somalis in construction and home health care.
While Somalis comprise just 2 percent of the current student body at Summit Academy, organizers expect that number to increase dramatically.
The goal is to put Somalis to work helping build the new Vikings stadium. Involving Somalis in high-profile projects, the thinking goes, will position them as role models for younger, unemployed Somalis.
Summit offers informational sessions every Wednesday.
For more information you can visit Summit's website.