Mohamed Farah Ward 9

Mohamed Farah has been involved in community development for over 10 years. He is currently serving as the Executive Director of Ka Joog, a Twin Cities organization devoted to creating a better world by providing community-based, culturally specific programs and services to Somali-American youth and their families.  As one of the founding members of the organization, Mohamed has been a visionary leader and devoted member in the community.  He works tirelessly to enrich the lives of youth and their families through the positive elements of education, mentoring, employment opportunities and the arts.

His awareness and concern for his community began at a very young age as a refugee who fled a war-torn Somalia to the largest refugee camp in the world, Dadaab, Kenya.  Through hard work and an unrelenting vision for a better life, Mohamed and his family were able to relocate permanently to the United States of America. Mohamed and his family first migrated to New York from Somalia and later moved to Minneapolis in 1999.

Through his work with Ka Joog, Mohamed has been honored by The White House and met with President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and other top elected officials. Mohamed has also met with members of the international community, including representatives of the Swedish, Canadian and Kenyan governments in an effort to provide a platform, a voice and leadership opportunities for young people.

These experiences have given Mohamed strong background knowledge and experience in how government regulations, policies, and laws significantly impact the people they serve.  Mohamed has a track record for being a strong and resilient advocate for social equality and economic opportunity for ALL people. Mohamed has pushed the envelope of advocacy work and has been recognized by the White House, State Department, Congress and the international community for his tremendous efforts.

As part of an immigrant working-class family, raised by a single mother, Mohamed quickly understood the unique challenges he faced in the community and the responsibility he had to address these challenges.

Mohamed pursued education while mentoring his peers and giving back to his community. After graduating from high school, Mohamed earned a degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Hennepin Technical College and later a degree in Manufacturing Management from the University of Minnesota. His career began at Stork Materials Technology in St. Paul where he worked for seven years. Recognized for his integrity, efficiency, and exceptional leadership skills, Mohamed was quickly promoted through different positions to Project Manager, leading major projects within the company.

While working at Stork Materials Technology in St. Paul, Mohamed continued to witness the challenges youth faced in the community: Particularly how young people within the community were engaging in negative activities and dropping out of school because of a lack of opportunities. In order to create a platform for young people and give community members the chance to lead and take ownership, Mohamed and several other community members founded Ka Joog.

Today, Ka Joog is one of the leading nonprofit organizations tailored towards enriching the lives of young people in Minnesota by utilizing education, mentoring, employment, and the arts. Ka Joog has been an active and vocal in social equity and economic opportunity for youth across Minnesota. Other communities have used the principles of Ka Joog to better engage young people and give them the platform they need to take ownership of their future.

Ka Joog has received several local and national awards for its accomplishments, including the City of Peace Award, Somali-American Community Appreciation Award, the Youth Leadership of the Year Award by the City of Minneapolis Ward 9, and the U.S. Congressional Records award in honor of “… its contributions to the Somali community of Minnesota through art, education, and political action.”

Why I’m Running

I am running for the City Council Ward 9 because I believe that with my skills, knowledge, leadership, and experience I can better enrich the quality of life for my fellow community members within Ward 9, and I can help the City Council become more effective in ensuring the safety and prosperity of the community and all residents in Minneapolis. I also believe that there is a better path for the people of Ward 9. A path that is inclusive, a path that empowers and assists business owners, a path that includes safe neighborhood, and builds trust and cohesiveness between neighborhoods for the sake of our children and our future.

I strongly believe in creating good jobs and investing in our community in Ward 9 through bonds between City Hall and the people of Ward 9.

As President Obama said “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek”

I will fight for the people of Ward 9 and bring value to our Ward. I will not rest until we tackle the issues that we face and that our priorities are set forth. I will do everything I can to better the quality of all people in our Ward.

With your support, we can rebuild Ward 9 and bring our values to the City Hall.