Ikraan Ahmed is a RISE AmeriCorps member serving with EMBARC in Des Moines.
A first generation Somali-American, whose parents came to the US as refugees, Ikraan was born in Minnesota but grew up in Des Moines. She graduated DMACC in 2018 with a degree in Human Services and later went on to pursue a Bachelor's of Social Work at the University of Iowa.
During her time at DMACC Ikraan had the opportunity to intern at the Beacon of Life, an all women shelter in Des Moines that provides housing and services to women experiencing homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and incarceration. For a year she served as a court appointed special advocate/volunteer (CASA), dedicated to a case in the best interest of children experiencing abuse and neglect.
This year Ikraan interned at the Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services (PCCAS) which is an organization that provides free voluntary and confidential services to victims of crime in Polk County.