In light of the global pandemic of COVID-19, our focus has shifted significantly to two emerging needs in the community: food and learning. Many of our families have experienced a loss of income and housing insecurity or cannot work from home or take time off to ensure their children complete school work. By opening a distance learning center, Youth and Family Circle has the opportunity to address both needs as it will help ensure children are supported in completing schoolwork and will be provided with food to bring home for their families. Schools do send food; however, it’s not for all families, as many food items are not culturally appropriate (Halal) for East African families. Part of the grant funding would also go toward transporting kids to and from our facility. Additionally, grant funding would cover overhead expenses: employee stipends, educational equipment and furniture, rent, and utilities.
ABOUT: Youth and Family Circle aspires to positively impact the community by providing programs to children and families, including summer camps, support groups, seminars, and educational events. Our focus is on immigrants who are newer to Minnesota and the United States, mainly East African migrants who may be low-income and below the poverty level. We have a physical location in Ramsey County (Roseville) and provide services in our facility and elsewhere in the community.