Work Aspirations and Career Expectations of Somali Youth and Young Adults
Confederation of the Somali Community (CSCM) is a non-profit mutual assistance association created in 1994 by Somali leaders to assist in meeting the self-sufficiency needs of Somali refugees. CSCM is involved in grant-writing activities to assist Somali youth gain training and work experience, but efforts have thus far been projected on the type of training provided by the grant. There is a need to collect basic work interest data from out-of-school and unemployed Somali youth. The data will be useful to document the need for training, the ability to specify the types of desired work/career, and the empirical base of a canvassed population cohort as opposed to anecdotal information. Ubah Hirsi, an undergraduate student in Psychology and Kubra Dire, an undergraduate student in Family Social Science, will survey Somali youth in the Cedar-riverside area. The results will be used to make funding proposals and to increase training and employment options for young Somali adults.