Facing Race

Changing the Narrative

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations' Facing Race Awards were presented to Saint Paul Promise Neighhorhood and Hamse Warfa. The awards are part of the Foundations' commitment to equity and offer the chance to recognize community members who are courageously transforming our region and state. 

Hamse Warfa

Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood

Congratulations to 2017 Facing Race Award Recipients Hamse Warfa and Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations announced Hamse Warfa and the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood as recipients of the 2017 Facing Race Awards. The awardees were recognized at a public ceremony  on September 18 at The Ordway Center for Performing Arts.

Hamse Warfa is the founder and principal of Tayo Consulting Group as well as co-founder and executive vice president of BanQu. The award recognizes Warfa’s contributions to racial equity through Tayo Consulting group as well as his leadership role with the Coalition of Somali-American Leaders – an organization that supports Somali nonprofit leaders and organizations that serve the Somali community.

Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood (SPPN) is a transformative education initiative that brings together families, schools, public agencies and other community members to change the odds for a generation of children. The award recognizes SPPN’s use of education as a tool to end multi-generational poverty in the Frogtown and Summit-University neighborhoods and its efforts to address disparities and opportunity gaps for neighborhood residents.

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2016 Ambassador Awards

the 2015 ambassador award holders hold their awards

2015 Ambassador Awards

the 2014 ambassador award holders hold their awards

2014 Ambassador Awards

the 2013 ambassador award holders hold their awards

2013 Ambassador Awards

the 2012 ambassador award holders hold their awards

2012 Ambassador Awards

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