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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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Sustainable Self-Sufficiency

Resilience Over Adversity

Ten Toes Down

AACF is proud to congratulate Arif Longe, a former program participant and an employee with the organization, for recently securing a government job in Chicago's Thompson Center. Arif is grateful for the transferrable skills he learned as an AACF intern. He cites his experience as being a large part in landing his new position as Office Clerk for the State of Illinois essential skills that he uses in his new role. Arif entered into the Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Program at AACF three years ago after learning about it from his brother, a former participant....

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Rent Assistance and Relief Fund

While we scramble to adapt to these new realities, we are also working hard to support both the immediate and long-term needs of our youth. Our staff is working tirelessly to support our vulnerable youth population who are disproportionately impacted by the ripple effects of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Our housing assistance during this crisis has been mediating between housing authorities and property managers on behalf of our youth in addition to providing rental assistance and payment relief to those in need. The Rent Assistance and Relief Fund will provide...

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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

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

Fact:
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 Class to start on November 3, 2020 and February 9, 2021. Each class session will meet Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am until 3:30 PM for 9 weeks.

Community Job Fair will be held on April 22, 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 7:30 PM July 16, 2020. 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.

How Does Job Placement Work?

Job placement agencies and divisions are dedicated to helping people find the right jobs for their skill set and experience level. Almost everyone is familiar with the slog of applying for jobs and waiting to hear back—job placement agencies and departments try to...

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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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