Sub-Saharan African Youth & Family Services of Minnesota

SAYFSM serves African immigrants and refugees with culturally and linguistically appropriate HIV/AIDS education and social services. Founded in Minnesota in 2002, SAYFSM is a 501(c)3 multipurpose human service agency.


2014 Minnesota AIDS Walk

Team SAYFSM walked to raise awareness of HIV and to support African immigrants and refugees living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS.   More than 15 staff, friends, and family walked on that beautiful day. Thanks to all who participated and all those who supported our team!



HIV Testing and HIV Testing Outreach

SAYFSM was awarded funding from the Minnesota Department of Health for Outreach and Testing for 2013 and 2014.   HIV testing is available at the SAYFSM office or individuals may choose to receive the test at a location of their choosing.  All testing is performed discreetly and confidentially.

The Project uses broadcast media with various communities’ peer leaders to encourage testing and safer sex practices.  Services include individual risk assessments, counseling, and testing for HIV infection.

Peer 2 Peer Program

As of August 31, 2013, SAYFSM ended its contract with the MN Department of Human Services.  Although the agency is no longer running a Peer to Peer program, much was gained from our outreach efforts through this program.  We will continue to use what we have learned to better serve African immigrants and refugees in Minnesota.


Our services are free, confidential, and nonjudgmental.
We serve all Africans regardless of country of origin, culture, language, and religion.