Our COMMUNITY

Somali Community of Louisville is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that has been formed exclusively for educational, cultural identity, and social purposes. Louisville is home to over ten thousand Somali immigrants, many of whom face language, cultural and religious barriers to success. The organization helps Somalis in Kentucky to obtain the necessary resources, services, information, and skills needed to build productive and self-sufficient lives in a new land. While strengthening the Somali community by promoting mutual assistance, cultural identity, and leadership, SCL fosters the ability of Somali individuals and families to advocate on their behalf and participate constructively in the broader community.

As part of our community-building efforts, we aim in creating a community space where the Somali Community of Louisville of Kentucky area can come together, give space for children to play with each other, share common interests, practices and values crossing geographic boundaries, strengthen social ties rooted in relationships that create and/or maintain an ongoing sense of cohesion; with the realization that a facilitated engagement of social complexities within communities can create an opportunity for a multiplicity of communities to see and learn from each other, co-exist and thrive.

Mentor & Meals

The goal of Mentors & Meals is to enhance academic achievement through mentoring. Mentors & Meals provides middle school students with free homework help, hot meals, and structured group activities designed to enhance academic achievement by working with the local high school students along with college interns and qualified adult volunteers. The program is available from 3:00-6:00p.m, Monday through Thursday.

Youth Leadership Development

Our Youth Leadership Development services offer unique opportunities for Louisville refugees and immigrants to create change from within their own communities. We provide underserved communities and Somalians, with the resources and guidance they need to learn new skills, forge their own paths, and be who they want to be.

 

While youth development programs meet basic physical, developmental, and social needs, leadership programs seek to position youth as leaders in their community, to take positions of leadership in companies, organizations, and professional associations. Through youth leadership programs, young people gain the skills and knowledge to lead civic engagement, education reform, and community organizing activities. Youth leadership is both an internal and an external process

Importance

Youth leadership programs are important because not only do they channel youth energy in a positive way, but they also it prepares the next generation of leadership in the workforce and in communities. Youth leadership programs provide youth with the skills necessary to guide others, influence opinions and policy, and become as role models for their peers and younger generations

COMPUTER CLASSES

Taking a computer class is a great way to learn a new skill whether your reasons are personal or professional. We offer a variety of entry level and intermediate classes on topics ranging from productivity software to social media.

It’s easy to view upcoming classes through our online calender. 

Taking computer classes at the community center.

We hold our computer classes in our center. Most of our classes last one hour to ninety minutes. They’re designed to be hands-on and last for one session. Feel free to repeat a class to improve your skills.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Economic development programs are created to address the economic needs of our community. These programs aim to remove barriers to employment and create economic opportunity by providing emergency help with bills, job preparedness training, and assistance with establishing businesses. We offer family Services that help underserved refugees and immigrants gain the life and language skills needed for employment and adjustment to American culture. SCL opens the door to small business resources – and makes it easy to get the help you need. If you can’t find the answer to your small business question, contact us.

Employment Opportunities

Louisville has a dynamic economy bursting with employment opportunities, but there are many systemic barriers that prevent equal access to these opportunities. SCL aims to break these barriers down and support Somali immigrants and refugees with educational and employment programs that increase access.

CULTURE

We present and sponsor annual Ethiopian Day festival which puts on display Somali cultural music and food. Purpose is to have people who have different cultures than Somalis to understand and gain in-depth knowledge of the Somali culture. Sharing culture, art and history is a great way to build understanding and empathy across cultures.