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.
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
Resilience Over Adversity
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...
One of the biggest factors facing our youth today is homelessness. As we all know, it’s hard to get a job—let alone any other service or benefit—if you don’t have a mailing address. Even when kids crash on their loved ones’ couches, having mail sent to that address can set the home or apartment owner up for legal liability and establish them as a de facto tenant or roommate. On the other hand, our youth need stable homes and jobs to succeed. What can we do? The African American Christian Foundation is one of many organizations in Illinois that wants to help our kids and...
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 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.
Many of us grew up hearing that we needed to study hard, go to college and get a good job. That might have been true in the 20th century, but things have changed over the past two decades—and not necessarily for the better. Today, the average college student has about...