About MYDC

Since its inception in 2018, our unwavering commitment has driven us to cater to the pressing needs of vastly underserved communities in Minneapolis. Our comprehensive range of services encompasses targeted outreach to the youth, establishing pro-social activities that foster trust and meaningful engagement. We also offer specialized training to empower young individuals in conflict resolution and effective interpersonal communication. As part of our dedication to their growth, we facilitate connections between youth and mentors, providing vital support and encouragement. Furthermore, we actively contribute to health education through workshops and awareness programs focused on combating Opioid Addiction.

Our Vision

At the core of our purpose lies a profound mission: forging partnerships with youth, families, youth service providers, and community stakeholders. Together, we strive to uplift and nurture our youth, guiding them towards becoming productive and valuable members of the community, ensuring their advancement and overall well-being.

Our Goals

Our primary objective is to holistically address the social determinants of health within the community. By focusing on opioid awareness and education, violence prevention, and community health work, we strive to create a healthier and safer environment for all individuals. Specific Goals:
  1. Social Health Determinants: Implement targeted initiatives to address key social determinants of health, such as poverty, education, housing, and access to healthcare. Through strategic partnerships and community engagement, we aim to improve the overall well-being and quality of life for vulnerable populations.
  2. Opioid Awareness and Education: Develop comprehensive educational programs and awareness campaigns to combat opioid addiction within the community. Our goal is to reduce opioid misuse, provide support for those affected, and promote a stigma-free environment for seeking help and treatment.
  3. Violence Prevention: Launch evidence-based violence prevention programs that promote conflict resolution, non-violent communication, and positive coping mechanisms. By fostering a culture of respect and understanding, we aim to reduce incidents of violence and create a safer community for all residents.
  4. Community Health Work: Strengthen and expand our community health outreach efforts by empowering local health workers and volunteers. Our goal is to enhance access to healthcare services, disseminate vital health information, and facilitate preventive measures to improve the overall health status of community members by forging alliance with our local healthcare partners.
Through these concerted efforts, we envision a thriving and harmonious community where individuals have equal opportunities for growth, health, and well-being.

Meet the Team

Our team is a diverse and talented group, each bringing their unique skills, backgrounds, and personalities to the table.

Rashad Ahmed
Rashad Ahmed is the Executive Director of Metro Youth Diversion Center. Rashad has extensive experience working in Program Management and in Educational Leadership roles. He is an advocate for youth and families and has dedicated his career serving the people. Early in his career, Rashad worked in the corporate world before turning to education and nonprofit work in order to enhance and advance the lives of underserved citizens. Rashad’s greatest strengths include his creativity, drive and leadership skills. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the organization’s mission.
Bashir Abdi
Finance and Operations Director
Amani Hussein
Operations Manager
Kiwanis Vilella
Program Manager
Sheila Adame
Payroll Specialist
Fayruza Yusuf
Opioid Response Coordinator
Mustafa Mohamed
Community Health Worker
Omar Mumin
Business Assistant

Board of Directors

Dr. Mohamed Ahmed
Alliant International University
Zahro Jama
High Ground Academy
Yousef Abraham
Business Owner/Community Leader
Zaynab Hadi
Community Health Worker

Our Partner

Our Partner provide us vital support and resources that enable us to deliver high-quality programs and services to our community.