Youth Summit 2012 

Youth of Today: Where are we? And where we are headed?

The Summit

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This Summit is founded on the principle of bringing together Somali Youth and their parents to formulate and begin a healthy dialogue within the Somali community.

The goal is to help Somali Youth successfully balance and manage their faith, education and culture as American-Somalis. This Summit is unprecedented; as the Somali Youth in San Diego has, by no means, received the opportunity to discuss such important topics in an organized and focused manner. Through this summit we hope to find and understand where we are today and where we are headed as a community.


The Mission

Through the help of the parents and the community we hope educate and empower the youth to become conscious of the realities of the youth of today. We hope shed light on the importance of Faith, Education and family-life.

The Goals

Educate participants on the significance of Faith, Education and Family-life
 Involve parents and Youth in the identifying issues in each of the three focuses
 Create a vibrant, informative and meaningful dialogue between Somali Parents and youth
 Inspire the youth and their families to value higher education and utilize available resources 

Summit Highlights


- Panel discussions 

- Motivational keynote speakers. 

- Entertainment (Poetry, and Skits about the Somali Family home)

- Opportunity to learn about resources available for youth and their families

Join Us! 

February 18, 2012 

Joe & Vi Jacobs Center 

404 Euclid Avenue San Diego, CA

Somali Family Service of San Diego OceanLeafAwards Celebration 2012

Call For Nominations!


oceanleaf logoThe nominating process begins with an initial screening followed by the final selection. To submit a nominee for the initial screening, simply complete the form here.

If your nominee advances to the final phase, you will be contacted to provide additional information.

The Honorary Committee, comprised of volunteers from the community, will make a final selection for each award among the final phase nominees. Awards will be given in all categories providing the nominee has met the highest standards of achievement.


Nomination Categories and Descriptions

OceanLeafLeadership Award This award is presented to an individual or organization that is respected as a voice of and for the community. The recipient of the Leadership Award is a leader, dedicated to problem solving, finding solutions and building a stronger and more connected community.

OceanLeafSpirit Award This award is presented to an individual or organization involved in humanitarian outreach and represents belief in the human spirit as well as protection and advocation for human rights. The recipient of this award has demonstrated support for the humanity of the individual and the community as a whole.

OceanLeafInnovation Award This award is presented to an individual or organization that has been a force of unique innovation within the community. The recipient of this award has pioneered new ideas, demonstrated risk taking, and has maximized their resources to improve the quality of life within the community.

OceanLeafHealth and Well-Being Award This award is presented to an individual or organization involved with the health and well-being of the community. The recipient of this award represents a selfless and nurturing individual, dedicated to helping others and ensuring the happiness and good welfare of the community, demonstrating an effort to bringing the community together.

OceanLeafOpportunity Award This award is presented to an individual or organization involved with the economic development of the community. The recipient of this award represents a dedication to the promotion of self-sufficiency and independence within the community, acting as a constant resource of support and a role model for others.

OceanLeafEmerging Leader Award This award is presented to a young individual that represents a new generation of youth empowerment. The recipient of this award upholds ideals of democracy, justice and responsibility, and aspires to be a role model and active voice for their peers.


Nominations must be received by Somali Family Service of San Diego by June 30th, 2012.

    •               Late entries will not be accepted.
    •               Incomplete forms will not be accepte.
    •               Multiple nominations are encouraged, but please only one nomination per form.
    •               Previous candidates are not eligible for re-nomination. Please note list of 2011 Past Honorees that follows.
    •               Candidates must be from the San Diego community.


To submit your nomination for any of OceanLeaf 2012 categories’, please complete the online nomination form click here. If you have any question or comments please contact us here.

OceanLeafAwards Celebration
2011 Past Honorees

Below is a list of the 2011 OceanLeafAwards Celebration Honorees for your information.

OceanLeaf Leadership Award Jessie Mills, Ph.D. Professor, USD

OceanLeaf Spirit Award Carmen Chavez Casa Cornelia Law Center

OceanLeaf Innovation Award Dory Beatrice Griffith and La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary

OceanLeaf Emerging Leader Award Ali Artan Young Professional

OceanLeaf Opportunity Award Parker Foundation

OceanLeaf Health and Well-Being Award Horn of Africa: Families Together Program

2nd Annual Somali Family Service Health Fair

The 2nd Annual SFS Health Fair in Honor of World Refugee Day on June 19, 2010 was a huge success. 

Ahmed Sahid, President/CEO of Somali Family Service, welcomed the crowd. About 400 people attended throughout the beautiful sunny day. The Health Fair kicked off with a 2K fun neighborhood walk promoting senior fitness and refugee awareness.

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One of the elected officials who spoke on behalf of refugees was Mayor Jerry Sanders.

Congresswoman Susan Davis greeted the audience.

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Councilmember Todd Gloria spoke in support of refugees.


Salvatore Giametta from County Supervisor Ron Roberts' office also addressed the audience.   

Karma Bass of Alliance Healthcare Foundation was the keynote speaker. She noted that refugees suffer disproportionately from high rates of unemployment, poverty and health challenges and suggested we work together to create brighter futures. 

Other important speakers from the community included Barbara Jimenez from First 5 San Diego, Bob Montgomery of International Rescue Committee, Ralph Achenbach of The San Diego Refugee Forum, and Diana Ross of Mid-City CAN. The emcee was SFS Board Member Abdi Mohamoud. audience entertainment sfs health fair

Between the East African Youth Organization performing traditional dances, hearing from local poets and a DJ, the audience was entertained. Media coverage was by Channel 10, KUSI and others.

More than 20 agencies participated in what was truly a community event.The Health Fair was organized by the SFS Board, a planning committee including Kristen Nelson, LISC Americorps volunteer, and community volunteers.

One major project embarked upon in 2009 was the groundbreaking Somali Family Service Health Fair in Honor of World Refugee Day on June 20. The Health Fair at City Heights Community Park was a testament to the strength of the community.


Over 15 different organizations including San Diego County, many non-profits, and healthcare providers offered exposure to a multitude of opportunities available that ensure healthy individuals and families.Dr. Steven Mills, D.C. provided the keynote speech on exercise and weight loss fundamentals, emphasizing the importance of rest, exercise and nutrition.Ron Lacey spoke on behalf of the Mayor’s office, very supportive of the event. “We need to do more of this, not just today but every week, every month we need to have some type of event where we can address these issues because that’s what is going to keep us strong not just as communities but as a nation,” he said.San Diego District 3 City Councilmember Todd Gloria also greeted the Health Fair attendees, saying “There’s a lot of work that needs to be done, and I’m grateful to Somali Family Service for providing the services that we need to welcome our families to our community, to help them get connected and to help them become successful.”

Link to KUSI reporting on the event

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KUSI at SFS Health Fair





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