About AACF

The African American Christian Foundation is a community- based organization that specializes in innovative workforce development program models to provide career pathways, work-based learning, and alternative education to reengage individuals disconnected from school and work. Established in 1985, the African American Christian Foundation (AACF) has helped to create employment opportunities for community residents regardless of race, color or religious affiliation. AACF provides job training programs and job placement services to youths and adults in Chicago, Western Suburbs and neighboring communities. Our job training programs combine vocational technical skills training with job readiness skills and job placement. We address the socioeconomic needs of members of our community through the use of technology, vocational training career counseling and family supportive services. Over 600 adults and young adults utilize the center each year because they want to succeed. This year another 120 families will succeed and move towards self-sufficiency here at AACF.

Our Values

Importance of Education: We believe that education is power, a matter of economics and freedom for our program participants.

Dignity of Work: We celebrate the endless possibilities that results from hard work, it shapes futures and changes lives. We believe in the value of work, investing in human capital and the beneficial impact that work has on employers and employees.

Collaboration: We create and support partnerships and strategically engage a variety of local and regional partners in workforce and economic development to ensure our program effectiveness and success.

Innovation: We design and implement initiatives that result in positive outcomes for our employers and job seekers. We continually seek creative solutions to existing workforce challenges.

Our Mission

The mission of AACF is to train and assist low-income residents of west suburban Cook County and neighboring Chicago communities to actively foster economic development and build effective social relations that will create opportunities for self-sufficiency, individual wellbeing and promote community stability.

Our Motto

Inspired service. Unlimited possibilities.

AACF - Oak Park, IL


AACF Oak Park Location 6707 North Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302
AACF Chicago Location 22 W. Washington St., Ste. 1500, Chicago, IL 60602