Friday, December 18, 2015

Grant Funds to Counter Youth Radicalization

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A Somali-American nonprofit in Minneapolis will divvy up some $400,000 in federal and private funds as part of a pilot project to counter jihadist recruitment in immigrant communities, the Star Tribune writes. Youthprise will open an application process next month for other Somali-led groups in the Twin Cities to draw funds for youth engagement and other community efforts.

The federal government is backing similar programs in Boston and Los Angeles aimed at stemming radicalization in immigrant communities. Three young Minneapolis men of East African descent have pleaded guilty to plotting to join the Islamic State in Syria, and seven others face similar charges. Youthprise President Wookie Weah said high unemployment and other challenges create "a risk of radical recruitment" among youth in the Twin Cities' large Somali community.

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