The second annual Somali Youth Summit started today at the University of Minnesota Law School. The summit seeks to encourage and engage Somali youth in discussions about the future of their community. The three-day summit brings together a number of Somali educators and young people from the United States, Canada and Europe to express their views about their country that has been engaged in a civil war for almost 20 years. Abdisalam Aato, one of the founders of the Somali Youth Summit, said some of the SomaliâÄôs best and brightest young minds will gather and speak at the event to share their success stories to motivate and inspire fellow Somalis who are âÄúholding the stick at the wrong end.âÄù Mohamud Treek, another founder of the summit, said it is not associated with any organization, committee, or agency. âÄúIndividuals from Somali online media [bartamaha.com] voluntarily stood up to create positive changes in the Somali youth community,âÄù Treek said. Aato said they received a great response after they held the first summit last year in Columbus, Ohio. The stories that many shared with the audience and the speeches delivered at the event were inspirational, he said. âÄúThe first Summit has been a turning point for many young people in Ohio âÄ¦ who lost hope,âÄù he said. Treek said he expects more participants this year because there is a larger Somali population in Minnesota than in Ohio. The event is sponsored by Cedar-Humphrey Action for Neighborhood Collaborative Engagement (CHANCE). The summit starts today and will continue through Sunday.