Our Programs

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 school aged youth with free homework help, hot meals, and structured group

activities designed to enhance academic achievement/and social development.

Youth Leadership Development

Via our youth development 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

 

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

We offer a variety of entry level and intermediate computer classes on topics ranging from basic

computer technical skills,productivity software, and how to navigate social media.

Avenue-Mutual Assistance

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

Our programs aim to remove barriers to career development and create economic

opportunity by providing assistance with job preparedness training, and assistance with

establishing businesses. 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.

job placement/job referrals

In collaboration with local staffing agencies; provide job placement, job referrals, and career

development resources for those seeking stable employment.

Quudi Walaalka/ Feed The Brother (Hot Meals Program)

The overall priority of this program is to facilitate a just, sustainable, and diverse meal program

and network for local Somalis and their families. The program is offered during “three critical

months” for the Somalis Community (April, May, June). These months show an uptick in the

number of Somalis who are challenged by “food insecurity.”/ The program serves 100 families

per week, for 3 months, annually.

Housing Assistance

Provides subsidies and supportive services for local Somalis; in order to promote housing

stability.

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.