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In their own words: Organizers have diverse interests

In October, two new organizers joined the Mid-City CAN team. Maggie Ta is the organizer working with the Access to Health Care Momentum Team and Yassin Mohamed is the organizer that works with the Peace Promotion Momentum Team.

Maggie TaMaggie Ta: I am more than thrilled to hop on board as the Community Organizer for the Access to Healthcare Momentum Team at Mid-City CAN. I discovered City Heights in 2010 when I interned at a local nonprofit organization. I knew I would be lucky to work in the community.

I attended the University of California, San Diego, where I obtained my bachelors degree in environmental systems and a minor in digital video and film production. I made sure that my major and minor correlated with my personal interests for environmental advocacy and the art of filmmaking. My love for science and the natural world began from as far as I can even remember. It probably stemmed from the frequent beach trips I would take with my family as a child. I remember throwing epic tantrums when my parents would not allow me to take home hermit crabs and seashells from the beach. It wasn't until I enrolled in high school science classes when I began to understand why my parents laid down the law as they had. Biology, anthropology, environmental science, and chemistry all taught me the importance of organisms in their niche. We all possess our own niches in society and it is up to us to build on our fortes.

In the past two years, I have found that my niche lies in community outreach. As an AmeriCorps fellow, I had the opportunity to teach science and mentor the youth of City Heights. I taught hands-on science lessons to elementary school students in all eleven public schools and supervised a science outreach internship at Hoover High School. My favorite part of the experience was watching the students grow throughout the year, and it was extra exciting to see that at no matter what age, curiosity among students never tends to die. Mentoring the students gave me a newfound appreciation for all my past mentors. It also strengthened my perspective on community involvement and outreach. Now, here I am today – grateful to be fully involved in a position that allows me to improve the quality of life for a community.

In my spare time, I like to explore City Height's four major canyons, its farmers market, and ethnic food hot spots. I love to watch and analyze classic films and some of my favorite films include "Vertigo" by Alfred Hitchcock and "El Laberinto del Fauno" by Guillermo del Toro. I also love to put together scrapbooks to capture silly moments in my life, which are a plenty!

Yassin Khadar MohamedYassin Khadar Mohamed: I was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and raised in City Heights, San Diego. I recently graduated from San Diego State University and earned a bachelor's in social work. I became the first in my family to attend and graduate from a university in America. I used to work at International Rescue Committee as a Work Readiness and Financial Literacy Coordinator. I am very excited to be part of the Mid-City CAN Team, to continue and build a strong and powerful Peace Promotion Momentum Team. I am thrilled to continue building new relationships within City Heights as Mid-City CAN's newest community organizer.

It was just every other day in Somali; everything was so quiet, mail carriers, milkmen and police officers were all going to work until everything turned into black cloud. Brothers were separated, friends were became enemies, and families tore apart. The civil war erupted Sept. 30, 1991, in Somalia: the bangs of guns, the screaming of people. We were without hope to survive. Ten year later, my family and I made to finest city in America, San Diego. I felt in love with City Heights from the moment we settled. I am thrilled to continue to my work in City Heights and especially excited about our Peace Promotion Team as it brings a Restorative Justice project home to City Heights.
In my free time, I enjoy running and being outside with my friends and often play soccer and basketball. For the past year, I interned at Hoover High School through a Price Charities program. Learning from my students is an experience I hold close to my heart. I have enjoyed working with the youth, while exposing them to new experiences and ways to create change in our communities. I hope to continue that type of work in City Heights with Mid-City CAN.

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