Welcome to AACF

AACF was established as a not-for-profit agency in 1985, and has helped to create employment opportunity for community residents regardless of race, color or religious affiliation.

Programs & Services

AACF offers a broad range of programs designed to empower and meet the growing needs of the underemployed in Illinois.


How You Can Help

We rely on your support to continue our programs. There are many ways you can help.



Upcoming Events

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Sustainable Self-Sufficiency

Resilience Over Adversity

A Young Woman’s Work History: No Job Beneath Her

Dominique was referred to AACF by her high school science teacher, Ms. Thompson, at the Austin Career Education Center located in Chicago's Westside, when she went to her with the statement: "I need a job." Ms. Thompson let her know about AACF's job training and job placement services. Soon after learning about the organization Dominique visited AACF's office in Oak Park and filled out paperwork. Thus began her journey with the youth workforce development program that has ended with her recent promotion to store manager at Wendy's. AACF is very proud of Dominique's hard...

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One Year Anniversary Partnership with Walgreens Corporation

Corporate Citizenship is not just a thing at Walgreens and we are grateful. We would like to express sincere gratitude to Walgreens corporation for our upcoming one-year anniversary in partnership with placing AACF youth interns in various Walgreens retail store locations across Cook County. Throughout the course of the tumultuous year 2020, Walgreens has accepted AACF youth program participants in intern-to-hire positions. Many AACF youth interns in the program have been fast-tracked to being hired on in permanent positions with the company. Walgreens originated on...

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Youth Program Waitlist

The Community Technology Center offers Basic Microsoft Word and Excel courses monthly. To register for a course, call 708-848-1700. Through the KAM Institute of Healthcare and Technology, AACF offers vocational training in a wide range of computer applications and  technical skills. For more information, contact us.

Work for AACF

We look for dedicated people who are committed to changing lives. Sound like you? 

We are a Service provider

As a Service provider, we offer employment and vocational training services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. read more

Digital Manufacturing Technology Internship Program

This program is designed to provide classroom instruction with hands-on training in the digital design and digital manufacturing. This program focuses on training critical to success in manufacturing careers such as laser cutting, machining, 3D printing and CNC milling. Career and Employment Assistance services, a component of the program provides job readiness skills training, vocational training, guidance and support throughout all phases of the employment process for program participants and job seekers.

Preparing Today’s Youths And Young Adults for the Challenges of Tomorrow

The current minimum wage in Illinois $9.25, and will increase to $12.00 by January 2022 however still not a living wage.

High school dropout are less likely to earn a living wage, and more likely to be poor and rely on public assistance, engage in crime and generate other social costs. (Rumberger).

Join AACF to help create economic equality for low income members of our community and end the cycle of poverty.

Upcoming Events

Future CNA Classes are  strating soon. Class sessions meet Tuesday and Friday or Saturday from 9:00 am until 3:30 PM for 10 weeks or 20 weeks. Students must qualify to register for a class.  Call to register today.

Community Job Fair will be held on May 20, 2021. See our event page for further details of the event and to register or sponsor the event. Click here to register.

Volunteer Information Session 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM March 25, 2021. If you are interested in volunteering for AACF, join us and explore your options at our next orientation session.

Black Star Gala & Awards, the first annual benefit of the African American Christian Foundation to celebrate our work and achievements on October 21, 2021.


Congratulations Michelle for obtaining your CNA license.          Kudos and best wishes Jarice on your new job and bright future.          Congratulations Brandon for getting your CDL.          AACF is a Microsoft training partner.          Attend our mentoring session every third Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM.          Next Annual Job Fair is April 23, 2020 from 10 am until 1 pm.          Thank you Dr. Scholl Foundation for your generous support of our life changing programs.         Thank you Bemis Foundation for your support of our live changing job training programs.          Literacy Volunteers to assist AACF youths on GED and basic adult education test with tutoring and other literacy support.          Welcome Walgreens as our newest work-site.          Did you know that you can get up to $600 for your working used car if you are unable to donate it for a tax deduction. Inquire about our Cars4Work program.          Personalized case management can go a long way to help our interns achieve their goals.          Mr. Floyd donated to support our general operational fund. Thank you for your support.          Youths, interested in college or advance education? Call to find out how you can qualify for up to $5000 for school, college, trade or university of your choice today.          Find out how you can donate your used car for a deserving youth to go to work.         Your partnership is much appreciated Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps.          Read our Success Stories here.


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