Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
Resilience Over Adversity
Osha Richardson is grateful for the assistance that he received from AACF, citing that Executive Director, “Evelyn is one of the greatest women I’ve ever met.” - Osha Richardson. Having grown up on Chicago’s South Side, Osha completed high school and entered college courses. He took courses at three colleges but his alcohol and marijuana use spiraled out of control and he eventually found himself homeless with a court case against him for attempting to sell marijuana. At this point he was struggling with addiction. It took my relationship to swing a bat at me to let me...
So, what exactly is Giving Tuesday? - As many people know, not-for-profits such as AACF rely solely on donations and government grants in order to provide services to program participants. We do not charge our clients for services. Our ability to serve our youth program participants depends solely on the kindness of generous donors. Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday) is a fairly recent notion, the brainchild of Henry Timms of the 92nd Street Y in New York City, begun in 2012 as a nudge to Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers to consider giving to charity as well. Giving...
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
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We are a Service provider
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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.
Future CNA Classes are starting 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.
Our Community Job Fair will be held twice annually. See our Event page for further details and to register or become a sponsor.
We hold regular Volunteer Information Sessions at our office. If you are interested in volunteering for AACF, join us and explore your options. Learn more and sign up to become a volunteer.
Black Star Gala & Awards, the first annual benefit of the African American Christian Foundation to celebrate our work and achievements on October 20, 2022.
Over the past 40 years, poverty among the inhabitants of U.S. inner cities has remained stubbornly resistant to public policy prescriptions. Government research has sought to explain urban poverty, with a wide variety of explanations put forward as the basis for...