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Somali American Youth Parents Association Corp (SAYPA)

 30 Algonquin Street, Unit 2
 Dorchester, MA 02124
[P] (617) 9107572
[F] (617)
Samira Ahmed
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EIN 82-2087085

LAST UPDATED: 09/08/2017
Organization DBA 501c Nonprofit Organization
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

Somali American Youth Parent Association (SAYPA) is a nonprofit organization, which promotes the social identity that empowers the Somali youth to appreciate their parent's culture and assimilating into their instilled American culture. We aspire to the youth and their parents to have solid group engagement.

Mission Statement

Somali American Youth Parent Association (SAYPA) is a nonprofit organization, which promotes the social identity that empowers the Somali youth to appreciate their parent's culture and assimilating into their instilled American culture. We aspire to the youth and their parents to have solid group engagement.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $15,000.00
Projected Expense $15,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Senior Immigrant Social Participation and Inclusion project

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Mission Statement

Somali American Youth Parent Association (SAYPA) is a nonprofit organization, which promotes the social identity that empowers the Somali youth to appreciate their parent's culture and assimilating into their instilled American culture. We aspire to the youth and their parents to have solid group engagement.

Background Statement

The Somali American Youth Parent Association (SAYPA) is a 501c nonprofit organization with the center vision for Somali families in Massachusetts to have the ability to completely explore and take an interest in the educational system, to be learned about instructive open doors, and to be strong of their youngsters' scholastic advance. We try to advance the strengthening and training of Somali families through youth improvement programs, parent engagement and promotion work, and giving proficient improvement chances to instructors and school heads to increase social competency abilities in working with individuals from the Somali Community in the Boston area and more prominent Massachusetts. Giving engagement chances to guardians to meet up and learn together about how to bolster their kids' instruction with regards to steady group of associates and facilitators is a key some portion of how we function to propel our main goal.

Impact Statement

SAYPA is a broadly perceived, Somali philanthropic association custom fitted towards improving the lives of Somali American youth by using the positive components of instruction, coaching, work, and expressions of the human experience. SAYPA's main goal is to inspire youth to seek after advanced education, while advancing and assembling group ties at occasions all through Massachusetts.

Needs Statement

SAYPA Imminently needs are the Officewith dancing studio, and budget to support three officers, a budget to train at least 30 youthsto perform traditional dancing when the organization is holding a monthly community meeting.

CEO Statement

My name is Samira Ahmed I am the executivedirector of Somali American Youth Parents Association. SAYPA teaches Somaliculture to Somali American Youth, also helps parents to understand theassimilated youth culture. This is significant for me because the Somali folk dancing enable me to become a good mother and good citizen, and I feel strongly will make the Somali decent youth yawning to learn more about their parents culture, therefore will establish a good connection to their parents and the community in general. Moreover, SAYPA committed to be nonprofit and financially transparent; your involvements for at least one project will immediately influence the youth and their parent. Thank you.
Thank you 

Board Chair Statement

Somali American Youth Parents Association (SAYPA) is willing to work with teachers and administrators for the sake of the educational success of Somali children. We know Cultural differences can present a challenge to effective dialogue between educators and newly arrive of Somali immigrants but with the right support, and experienceSAYPAmembers in hand there is no reason for that.
Eng: Hussean Fiin S
AYPA Board President

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)

 Somali American Youth Parents Association (SAYPA) found in January 2016 with the sole purpose of supporting and educating parents so they could learn how to involve their children’s schools and how to support their children’s academic success. Also, creating social network among the Somali youth to share tips of how to overcome the obstacles of leaning so they can achieve in higher education, and develop long lasting relationship in life.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Alliances & Advocacy
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development-Citizenship
  3. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Urban & Community Economic Development

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Senior Immigrant Social Participation and Inclusion project

SAYPA proposes to develop cultural competencies project that addresses the needs of immigrant seniors, particularly Somali seniors who live in Boston and its surrounding areas. Somali senior community needs are unique in that both culture and religion play a major role in their lives. SAYPA, through its various programs and projects within the community, has developed a network of resources that can support this group by connecting seniors with these specific resources. For example, Somali society is a traditionally oral society. Storytelling is an important tradition senior community members pass on tradition and communal values to younger generations. SAYPA will provide a venue for seniors from the community to gather and socialize among other seniors in an inclusive, safe, and culturally appropriate environment. This project also aims to develop capacity and services to specifically address issues faced by immigrant seniors. The aim is to allow seniors from diverse populations to live in their communities with dignity, respect and independence for as long as they able. The Senior Immigrant Social Participation and Inclusion project will identify, and link to services thatsupport immigrant seniors independence include helping with their daily living, accessible and affordable transportation, opportunities for recreation and socialization, individual care and firsthand information about seniors programs in Boston. These are some of issues these senior face that we would like to addres: 1.Negative racial and cultural stereotypes 2.Lack of access to available basic services and programs 3.Isolation and disconnection from the society 4.Scarcity of interpretation services and translated materials 5.Insufficient English language skills to use technlogy or public transportation 6.Lack of access to the Internet
Budget  $51,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Adults Africa
Program Short-Term Success  This project will enable seniors to live independently in their own homes and communities by providing safe and effective supports that are responsive to the diverse needs of ethno cultural seniors. Each culture views seniors and their role in society differently. By building on the strengths of each community, services will be developed that are culturally appropriate and supportive.
Program Long-Term Success  As our population ages and the demographics demonstrate the number of ethno-cultural seniors in Boston has become increasingly apparent that we need to be more responsive to their specific needs. Various research and needs assessment work done over the last decade has shown the various barriers and issues impacting new immigrant communities in United States. These barriers prevent community members, such as seniors, women, youth, families and children, from accessing the social support programs and resources that are available to the American mainstream population. The Senior Immigrant Social Participation and Inclusion project aim is to have seniors speak on their viewpoint regarding the challenges of Somali community and cultural differences that impact Somali seniors. Making use of the wealth of expertise seniors have and cultural knowledge regarding tradition and values will aid in breaking down social barriers to full and meaningful participation in Bostonian society.
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Most seniors, especially more recent immigrants in Boston, are facing barriers to services and care. Transportation, language, and cultural spaces are noticeable barriers facing immigrant seniors.
Senior Immigrant Social Participation and Inclusion project activities will include a help line for seniors which SAYPA has already began to establish. This service will offer an effective way to provide callers with accurate information, support, and referrals to appropriate service providers, community-based services and resources including in-home support if necessary.
The helpline will improve both the quality and quantity of work related services provided to ethno-cultural seniors in Boston, particularly Somali seniors. The line will be open to seniors each day from 9:00am-5.00pm five days a week. After hours and weekend services will also be offered through home visits, escorting and drop in services will also be offered where applicable.
Accordingly, the project will engage project leaders and outreach worker who will establish dialogue with seniors as well as raise awareness amongst the seniors about the issues they face, gauge their understanding of issues critical to their successful integration in to the American society, and inform them of the services available to them.
SAYPA will also deliver 12 subject-expert facilitated workshops and sessions tailored toward marginalized and isolated immigrant seniors particularly Somalis living in Boston. It's anticipated that approximately 15 volunteers will be recruited for helping seniors under the direction of Executive Director & Senior Outreach Worker. They will actively involve and take part both in-class (workshops, group discussions, seminars, symposium, games, sports activities, walking, nutrition activities mentorships etc) as well as outside activities (tour, taking appointments/recreational sites/referrals/home visits).
Examples of Program Success 
1. Increasing Somali seniors services and programs in Boston.
2. Developing strong sense of community connection and awareness
3. Decreasing negative, racial and cultural stereotypes faced by immigrant seniors
4. Increasing the integration of marginalized seniors within the fabric of American’s multicultural society.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Weare a community-based organization with a strong core group of professionals and volunteers who all share one common bond; a sincere desire to make a difference for those who need the light of knowledge and motivation in order to improve their lives. SAYPA’s objectives include promoting community development programs, through community-based projects, which would provide community development services, skills development, youth empowerment, senior supports, housing, crime prevention, and various other activities.


CEO/Executive Director Ms Samira Ahmed
CEO Term Start July 2016
CEO Email
CEO Experience My name is Samira Ahmed. I am from Somalia. I came to United States 25 years ago. I went to English high school here in Boston. Right after I graduated from high school, I got married and have been married for the past twenty-three years and I have five beautiful children. I have four boys and one girl. In 1991, I fled from our beautiful home in Somalia and quickly came to Kenya. The United Nations put all the Somali people in a refugee camp, which was not good in Kenya. We suffered a lot in the refugee camp in Kenya because they were not a sufficient amount of water in the camps and there was not enough food and shelter. At the refugee camp in Kenya it was a very difficult two years for me and my family, when I look back today on that time, I am very grateful that I made it out of that refugee camp. After two years at the refugee camp in Kenya, in 1993 I arrived to the United States of America with my uncle and his family. On August 5, 1995, I got married and I we have been married for the last 23 years. We have four boys and one girl. My sons are Jamal who is the oldest at 19 years, Liban who is 16, Yakub who is 10 and Yusuf who is 7 years old. My beautiful daughter is named Jamad and she is 18 years old and is the only girl that I have. After I had my fifth child, I decided that I was going to go back to school. Three years later I started going to school at RCC then went UM Boston and now I am almost done with my bachelor degree at the end of the next year. Today I am the Executive director and the founder of SAYPA, and I am majoring phycology although I worked many places like day-care, parking attendant, housekeeping, community organizing, the education I reserved last three years enable me to help the immigrant families lake me
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Co-CEO Email --
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Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Idris Ali Clack After graduating from UMass Lowell, Idris joined the Boston Public Schools to fulfill his passion of teaching, at the Hennigan School. For the past three years he strengthened the bond between the school and the parents by providing vital interpretation and translation services in the English-Somali languages. He taught STEM subjects and Somali language at several summer learning academies. Currently he directs and facilitates programs that showcase Somali cultural competency at SAYPA. In his spare time, he publishes articles and poems on the net.


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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Somali American Youth Parents Association (SAYPA) is a place where the Somali community can come to mingle ones a month also exchange ideas about life in commonwealth of Massachusetts.Get community-targeted scholarship information for the youth, provide forum for the community to help straggling family financially or re adjusting changing life in America.

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Management Succession Plan Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt
State Registration Exempt

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly


Board Chair Eng. Hussean Fiin
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term July 2017 - July 2019
Board Co-Chair Marian Boqor
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term July 2016 - Nov 2019

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Amina Aden none Voting
Vice-President Maryan Muuse Boqor Retired Voting
Khadro Mohumud none Voting
Farhia Mursal none Voting
Fatumo Ali Muuse none Voting
Safiye Qooje none Voting
Shamso Wardheere none Voting
Sirad Aden Yusuf Dr. none Voting

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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 9
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 8
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 9%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 9%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Administration

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

SAYPA promotes universal awareness on the plight of the Somali people brought about by the civil war. SAYPA embraces national identity and unity as a guiding principles and calling all the Somali Americans to rise above tribal and territorial divisions. SAYPA Promote the principle of tolerance, fairness, and that injustice to one is injustice to all.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $15,000.00
Projected Expense $15,000.00
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Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

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Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.00 -- --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% -- --
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Financial Planning

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Spending Policy Income Only
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Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal $96,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Jan 2017 - Dec 2019
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $9,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Somali American Youth Parent Association (SAYPA) is a 501c nonprofit organization with the inside vision for Somali families in Massachusetts to be able to totally investigate and appreciate the instructive framework, to be found out about educational open entryways, , parent engagement and support work, and giving capable progression opportunities to instructors and school directors to expand social competency aptitudes in working with people from the Somali society in the Boston, So far we succeeded to prevent a large member of Somali youth to learn using different kind of drags, and that is financially beneficial to the wellbeing of our society right here in Boston.

Foundation Comments

This organization is newer and received its nonprofit status from the IRS in 2016. As such, one year of financial data, provided by the organization, is in the charts and graphs above.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Teenagers with low self-esteem find it very difficult to cope with pressures from school, peers and society. The mission of the Somali American Youth and Parents Association is to prevent the negative influence of the modern circumstances by protecting youth who are at risk for substance abuse and are struggling to make it in the Boston public schools.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Self-esteem is how a person feels about themselves and what they do. Someone with low or negative self-esteem will generally think they do not excel at certain things, don’t deserve love or they support situations that will work out negatively for them. Teenagers with low self-esteem have a negative image of themselves, lack confidence, have difficulty finding friends, don’t accept changes and failures, put themselves down, are never proud of their achievements and they also constantly think themselves as inferior to other peers. This is an important problem that society should address because most teenagers will have depressions in self-esteem as they go through different stages or challenges in life and many are prone to break down because of it. Starting a new school, moving house, changes in the family and many other factors can affect a child’s confidence, but with support from parents and other adults they usually get through this. The problem of low self-esteem can lead to substance abuse, behavioral issues, bullying, youth pregnancies, dropping out of schools and other problems that must and can be easily prevented.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

Myself and the other participants of the Somali American Youth and Parents Association will implement the program in the small community centers around Boston. We will rent out a community center twice a month and gather all the Somali youth and parents together and together we will help prevent the Somali youth from going on the wrong tract. I think that teens are developing and they need someone who can teach them certain importants aspects to be successful in life. Giving advice, informing them about the harmful things they need to avoid and the good things they can get if the behave. Showing them what it looks like to be a good teen, can help them to control their behavior and develop them into mature, well minded human beings.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Prevention is the proactive process that empowers individuals and systems to create conditions that promote the wellbeing of people. Prevention is more than getting an education but goes well beyond the individual, therefore altering into a community effort. The purpose of primary prevention is to protect individuals in order to avoid problems prior to the signs or symptoms of those problems. It Includes activities, programs, and practices that operate on a fundamentally non-personal basis and alter the set of opportunities, risks, and expectations surrounding individuals. Secondary prevention identifies youth in the early stages of problem behaviors and attempts to avert the ensuing negative consequences by inducing them to cease their problem behavior through counseling or treatment. It is often referred to as early intervention. Tertiary prevention strives to end problem behavior and/or to ameliorate their negative effects through treatment and rehabilitation. This is most often referred to as treatment but also includes rehabilitation and relapse prevention.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

There are three prevention approaches we successfully implemented: Universal, Targeted and Indicated. a) Universal- Addresses the entire population with messages and programs aimed at preventing or delaying problem behaviors b) Targeted- Selecting subsets of the total population that are assessed as at risk for problem behaviors by virtue of their membership to a particular population segment. c). Indicated- Identify individuals who are exhibiting early signs of problem behavior(s). The aim of the organization, Somali American Youth and Parents Association is to prevent negativity of the modern lives for the youth. One of its means is to increase the self-esteem of the youth and parents. The prevention will also be performed through advising and through advising I strongly believe the influence we could make upon the children will be outstanding because we will better develop them through their interactions with the rest of their communities. Interacting with people who are just like them will encourage them to uplift one another and make eachother successful. All three preventions approached will be used also depending on the situation.