Garden City Local joins Communities In Schools of Mid-America’s Board of Directors

Ifrah Amhed

Garden City, KS – Ifrah Ahmed of Garden City, KS has recently been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for Communities In Schools (CIS) of Mid-America. CIS of Mid-America empowers students to stay in school and on a path to graduation.

“We could not do all that we do without the support of schools and districts, volunteers, donors, community partners, and of course, our board,” said Malissa Martin, President and CEO of CIS of Mid-America.

Ahmed, a Somali- Kenyan refugee, has been living in the USA for about 10 years. After living in Kansas City, Missouri for 4 years, she graduated from UMKC with a Bachelor of Science before moving to Garden City, KS in August 2014. In Garden City she found her new home. Being born in a refugee camp, many opportunities did not present themselves, but thanks to the many opportunities presented in this wonderful country, she has been able to further her education and make a name for herself. Ahmed currently works at Tyson as a Food Safety Manager, and is one of the Somali community leaders. As the Ethnic Empowerment Group President, her goal is to promote a positive community and to help others understand her culture, as well as help the refugee community in her town better assimilate to their newfound home. She is determined in helping build culturally diverse communities that help everyone recognize and respect “ways of being” that are not necessarily their own, so that as we interact with others, we can build bridges to trust, respect, and understanding across cultures.


About Communities In Schools (CIS) of Mid-America

CIS of Mid-America celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020. What began as a statewide network in 1995, serving communities across the state of Kansas, the agency now also serves communities in Iowa, Oklahoma, and Missouri. As an affiliate of the national non-profit Communities In Schools®, this regional approach allows CIS of Mid-America to streamline the services provided to struggling students and their families. The CIS of Mid-America network currently provides services in 57 schools to more than 35,000 students each year by placing individuals directly inside the schools to work with students.