2004 Community Report

Report On The Somali Community 6/2004


Teens

  • Somalis kids like school and do well in school
  • Approximately 500 young adults ages 15-21, who have spent most of their childhood lives in refugee camps, and have dropped out of schools because of lack of formal educational background are getting involved in gang activities
  • Somali teens are eligible to receive public assistance for a period of 36 months
  • Most households have a single mother and the father is either absent or has died.
  • Today most of these families exceeded the 36 months public assistance limit and do not have jobs or proper training to sustain their lives.
  • If these families don't get jobs or the proper skills and support they will face difficult challenges that will be hard to overcome

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2004 Community Report