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
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....
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...
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.
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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.
Can High School Completion Programs Benefit the Community? Not everyone is lucky enough to earn a high school diploma, which can significantly impact their ability to get a job and earn a living wage. When you’re working full-time or more without good compensation,...