Welcome to AACF

AACF was established as a not-for-profit agency in 1985, African American Christian Foundation (AACF) 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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Featured News

We are a WIOA Service provider

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

Geneva Courageously at the Guard Post

When Geneva enrolled in the AACF/CYEP youth program in February, 2017, she faced serious adversities and barriers to success that are common among the youth population. She was homeless, lacked skills, had a limited work history, faced economic hardship...

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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 array of computer applications and business technical skills. For more information, contact us.

The Outlook Newsletter

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Work for AACF

We look for dedicated people who are committed to changing lives.

Digital Manufacturing Technology Internship Program

This program is designed to provide classroom instruction with hands-on training in the digital design and digital manufacturing. The program focus on the skills and training needed in manufacturing careers such as laser cutting, 3D printing and CNC milling, or machining. 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 Youths And Young Adults Today For The Challenges Of Tomorrow

The current minimum wage of the State of Illinois at $8.25 is higher than the federal minimum wage but still not a living wage.
Compared to high school graduates, high school dropout are less likely find a job earning a living wage, more likely to be poor and rely on public assistance, engage in crime and generate other social costs. (Rumberger).

Join our movement to create economic equity for low income members of our community and end the cycle of poverty.

Upcoming Events

CNA Program Open House Tuesday June 19, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 5 PM to 7 PM. Meet us at our Oak Park Office to discuss our Certified Nursing Assistant program and career training options in the nursing field. Visit our website for future CNA program office House date announcement. The next open house will be held on July 2, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 5 PM to 7 PM.

Community Job Fair will be held on October 18, 2018. See our event page for further details of the event and to register or sponsor the event. Click here to register.

Black Star Gala & Awards, the annual benefit of the African American Christian Foundation, celebrates our work and achievements on October 26, 2018.

Volunteer Information Session6:00 PM to 7:30 PM August 30, 2018. If you are interested in volunteering for AACF, join us and explore your options at our next orientation session.

Collaboration Nugget

Strategic partnerships is key to our comprehensive program offering. Find out how your organization can partner with us.

How to Develop Your Leadership Style

We all have a sort of built-in leadership style that we tend to use as our default. Some people like to take charge and lead the way, while others prefer a quieter, more subtle leadership style. Regardless of what style you’re most comfortable with, there’s no doubt...

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Congratulations Alanta for getting your CDL.          Next mentoring session is April 19, 2018 at 6:00 PM.          Next Annual Job Fair is April 19, 2018 from 10 am until 12 pm.          Thank you Dr. Scholl Foundation for your generous support of our life changing programs.          Nice work Toshieva on being hired by your work experience worksite.          Congratulations Shade for getting your first job with Gate Gourmet.          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.          Shoutavia is our latest proud motorist.          May 4th was the first day of work for 4 female interns that started work at the CHA.          Latricia got her driver’s license today.          A job well done Rasean on your successful completion of work experience and getting a fulfillment position with your worksite.          Great job Chaurice for getting your high school diploma.          Welcome Loretta Hospital 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, Tahanna bought her first car with help from her case manager using the money she has saved from work and a little financial support from our car donation program Cars4Work.          Reginald passed the GED on November 19, 1015. Congratulations Reginald.          Mr. Floyd donated to support our general operational fund. Thank you for your support.          Working Mothers Grant applications are being processed now until June 30, 1016.          Johnnie got a job with a local manufacturing company on October 29, 2015.          Youths, interested in college or advance education? Call to find out how you can qualify for up to $8000 for school, college, trade or university of your choice today.          Thank you Dr. Sintim for your time and generous support of our programs and services.          Find out how you can donate your used car for a deserving youth to go to work.          Gary got a job with the local State Farm agent after a successful 6 weeks internship and passing his insurance license exam.          Your partnership is much appreciated Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps.          Read our Success Stories here.

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