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Working to protect the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities area
FMR would like to extend a warm welcome to our two newest interns, Mary Metchnek and Mohamed “MJ” Jama! Mary and MJ are already strong leaders in the Cedar-Riverside community in Minneapolis and cofounders of the Cedar-Riverside Youth Council. This spring and summer, they will also be working with FMR on a series of educational workshops and stewardship events in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and at Bohemian Flats and Riverside Park. Their work will culminate in a community celebration in which Youth Council members share their experiences in the project with friends and neighbors, educate others about watershed conservation, and demonstrate actions that individuals can take to protect water quality in Minneapolis.
Mary is currently a senior at the Perpich Center for the Arts Education and will begin studies in Marine Biology next fall at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She loves being outdoors and learning about how to better our environment. In addition to her role on the Youth Council, Mary’s leadership and youth advocacy work includes co-chairing the Steering Committee for the 5th District Green Party, working on three community murals around the Twin Cities, and having her photography displayed at the Landmark Center in St. Paul and at Minneapolis City Hall.
MJ is currently a senior at Ubah Medical Academy and is an active youth leader across the Twin Cities representing the concerns and viewpoints of Somali-American youth. He serves on the boards of the West Bank Community Coalition and the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, and is a member of the advisory committee for the Young Somali Advisors to the Minnesota Attorney General. MJ has organized awareness and fundraising efforts to help famine victims in his native Somalia, and has also been involved in efforts to foster better relations between the Somali-American community and local law enforcement.
We’re proud to have Mary and MJ on board! And thank you this program’s funder Mississippi Watershed Management Organization!
The community celebration event will take place in July and will be announced in future issues of Mississippi Messages.