Welcome to AACF
AACF was established as a not-for-profit agency in 1985, and 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.
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
Resilience Over Adversity
Job Developer James Spiller joined AACF at the beginning of this year, but he had already met Executive Director Evelyn Mensah, sitting next to her at a networking event with the Department of Family and Support Services in 2019. When he saw the company name for the Job Developer role online in December 2022, he thought “Wow,” and was inspired to submit his application for the role. Mr. Spiller brings his expertise from his background as a Certified Life Coach and his BA in Applied Behavioral Sciences from National Lewis University and as well as a lifelong career serving...
Executive Director Evelyn Mensah is a Willie’s Warrior
AACF Executive Director, Evelyn Mensah, participated in the Chicago Foundation for Women Willie’s Warriers Cohort founded upon Reverend Willie T. Barrow’s legacy as a leader and activist in Chicago.
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
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 19, 2023.
Why Paid Internships?
Why seek a paid internship? A paid internship is a great way for job seekers with barriers to employment to gain work experiences with room for growth. There are multiple reasons why a job seeker might be challenged to secure work, including low income, lack of experience, lack of education, transportation challenges, or an incarceration record. We believe that all people have a right to dignified work enabling them to be financially stable and free from economic challenges such as poverty and all that surrounds that issue.