Programs

  • Refugee Social Services – AICS partners with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid to provide case-managed resettlement services to 219 adult refugees annually. This program has historically focused on helping clients achieve outcomes associated with adjusting immigration status, securing and maintaining stable housing, increasing transportation and connecting to community services and supports such as childcare, health services, and ongoing social programs. Several elders placed at AICS via ESNS and the NICOA provide refugee orientations. This program has been in existence since 2007 and AICS has historically been a high performer on this DHS/Resettlement Program Office (RPO) funded program.
  •  Refugee Employment Services – AICS partners with African Community Services to administer DHS RPO supported job readiness, search, placement and retention support services to 48+ adult refugees who have been in the U.S. for five years or fewer. This program has been in existence since 2007.
  • Youth Refugee Services – AICS partners with Lincoln International High School to meet the academic, leadership, community integration and social/emotional needs of 70+ East African high school student refugees. This DHS/RPO program has been in existence for 4 years and was recently expanded to Wellstone International, with the Confederation of the Somali Community in Minnesota (CSCM) fulfilling the same functions that AICS has fulfilled at Lincoln International. The Somali American Parent Association (SAPA) is also involved with both AICS and CSCM as a parent training and engagement resource, and AICS has played an important RPO database management technical assistance role with all agencies.
  • Parent Education and Support Program – AICS collaborates with the Somali American Parent Association (SAPA) to provide a combination of workshops and case management services to increase parental involvement in their children’s education. The program serves 130 parents annually and is funded by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement.
  • Adult Education – To meet growing needs for refugee orientations to daily living issues and English language proficiency, AICS provides three different ELL classes. This program is staffed by a half-time staff person and five 50%-time elders placed at AICS via East Side Neighborhood Services and the National Indian Council on Aging’s Senior Worker’s Program. This program serves 140 people annually and has been in existence for three years.
  • Economic Support Services – Through a collaboration with Community Action Partnership of Hennepin (CAP-HC), a 75%-time CAP-HC employee is based at AICS to make economic support services (e.g., SNAP, energy assistance, rental assistance, etc.) increasingly accessible to AICS’ East African clientele. This relatively new collaboration is expected to assist at least 80 households in 2017 and more in subsequent years.
  • Community Tobacco Support – Obtaining DHS finding through the Tobacco-Free Communities program, AICS teaches and supports peer educators and coordinates community assessments as well as  outreach and education activities regarding tobacco issues in the East African Community.