About Hashim Yonis
I am a product of Minneapolis. My identity is shaped by the world in which I have lived and, as a result, it is contradictory and complex because it is a hybrid of many influences. My identity is not a fixed configuration but a product of growth and change. I am a product of many cultures, ideas, people and, most importantly, the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.
My passion is social justice, and it guides my goal to serve all communities, especially those who are in need.
I have been fortunate enough to have lived and traveled in many countries around the world, and to have been mentored by Minneapolis Mayor RT. Rybak. In addition to aiding my learning to speak seven languages, these experiences have contributed to my being a Youth Ambassador to the White House.
We all have dreams and goals that we want to accomplish. Our dreams and goals are driven and motivated by the societies in which we live. I running because I am passionate about youth development, equality, justice to all and providing age and culturally-appropriate programs to all Minneapolis residents.
I believe that education is powerful - it offers many opportunities for success in the future. The more one educates him or herself, the better person he or she becomes. Most importantly, learning is a means of growing and expanding a person’s horizons, which also means sharing and distributing knowledge to those who are in need. I believe that these experiences have prepared me to be your Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Commissioner at large.
Before I began my work with the Parks, I attended Edison High School, studied history at St. Olaf, and received my Master's degree in Educational Leadership at St. Mary's University.
I am married to a wonderful wife Hayat, and have two lovely children, Omar and Abdi, and we reside in a great community in North Minneapolis.
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