Working Hard to Achieve the Dream

Working Hard to Achieve the Dream

Working Hard to Achieve the Dream Christianna, a young mother of two girls, has very clear dreams of owning her own catering company or restaurant. She had these very goals in mind when she joined the AACF Employment Program in early June this year. Christianna...

Spotlight on AACF Job Developer James Spiller 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...
Spotlight on AACF Career Coach Felicia

Spotlight on AACF Career Coach Felicia

As one of the multitude of people who lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic Felicia was grateful to learn of AACF’s workforce development programs from her cousin. Felicia joined the program in 2020 and was directed to the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA)...

Colors by Ari B.Cerja

April is National Poetry Month. In celebration of this important craft we ran a Black History Month Poetry Contest in February. Here is one of our favorites: Colors He walks through the streets with a smile on his face But inside he’s feeling the weight of the...
Jasmine’s Journey

Jasmine’s Journey

“I always thought it was cool how different medicine helps people, and I always wanted to help people.” - Jasmine has always had an interest in medicine. She came to AACF last year through her Pharmacy Technician training program at PharmT Prep LLC when her instructor...
With The Courage to Reach Out

With The Courage to Reach Out

Having grown up on the West Side and experiencing violence in his neighborhood Tey is no stranger tohard times in Chicago. Tey entered into the AACF Youth Workforce Development Program at the age of 18 and received assistance with completing high school earning an...

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