Common Pathway is nonprofit organization tailored towards enriching the lives of refugee and immigrant youth by utilizing the positive elements of education, mentoring, employment, and art. Common Pathway’s mission is to motivate youth to pursue higher education, while promoting and building community throughout Minnesota. Common Pathway is established by Somali Trauma Informed Care professionals and it focuses its efforts on encouraging youth to stay away from negative influences such as drugs, violence, and other risky behaviors that can be detrimental to their development and future. Common Pathway directs youth towards higher education, civic engagement, and a volunteer commitment to the community. Common Pathway helps refugee and immigrant youth understand their options and make the right choices through programs offering mentoring, tutoring, and job readiness training.

Our core values:

Our Core Values Commitment is the foundation of all that we do, COMMON PATHWAY upholds the following core values:

  • Diversity and Inclusion: Everyone is comfortable, respected and included.

  • Safety: Everyone is safe so we can accomplish great things.

  • Strength-Based Principles: Every youth has an opportunity to reach to reach their full potential.

  • Learning and improving: We reflect on our experiences to learn and grow.

  • Transparency: We are open and honest in all aspect of our work.

  • Accountability: Everyone takes responsibility for their action and attitude.

  • Quality Service: We are passionate about what we do.


The mission of Common Pathway is to assist refugee and immigrant youth and families in achieving educational and social stability through access to academic support, leadership development, culturally specific programs, and community outreach.


Our vision is a community where refugees and immigrant youth and families are empowered, self-sufficient, and secure.


Mahado Ali landed on American soil in the summer of 2004. When she arrived in Minneapolis, she could barely speak English and struggled in school. Even with the challenges of learning English, Mahado had a strong desire to create a better life for her and her family. Mahado knew that her path to achieving success would come through education and persistence. Mahado began her education with ESL classes in 8th grade in St. Cloud, MN. She currently has B.A. in Political Science and International Relations as well as Community Health degree. Mahado is in the last quarter of MBA program in project management at Capella University. Mahado's passion for change and love for the community came from her own struggles as a refugee Somali girl who became young single mom in college. Mahado has worked in the health field since she was 18 and continues to work in community as a Trauma Informed Care. Mahado is trained in Adverse Childhood Experiences and works with families to overcome trauma.


Kahin Adam is the co-founder of Common Pathway, psychotherapist and public health practitioner. He graduated with dual master’s degree in MSW/MPH at the Columbia University School of Work and School of Public Health. His concentration is Population and Family Reproductive Health and Advanced Clinical Practice and Programming with a focus on immigrant and refugee mental health intervention. With 10 years of experience in social services field, as case manager, coordinator, supervisor, mayor’s advisory committee, cultural, educational and psychotherapist and Public Health practitioner. Kahin Adam is a trauma and torture focus psychotherapist in Saint Cloud and has been an influence in shaping trauma, torture and mental health education in our community.  Kahin also is public health practitioner and specialized population and family health.


Common Pathway strives to break the cycle of poverty by paving the way to education, work, and financial capability for youth.

How Can We Help?

-Bridging Case management

-Home/ school visits

-Referral to community resource

-After school program

-Immigration referrals
-Summer leadership program


T: 320-286-8699

E: info@commonpathways.org