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African Community Education Program

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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Family Services, Human Services, International, International Migration & Refugee Issues

Mission: The mission of African Community Education is to assist African refugee and immigrant youth and families in achieving educational and social stability through access to academic support, leadership development, cultural expression and community outreach in Worcester MA. The vision of African Community Education is a community where African refugees and immigrant youth and families are empowered, self-sufficient and secure.

Target demographics: African refugee and immigrant youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: 90 students and their families!

Geographic areas served: Worcester

Programs: After-School Tutoring Saturday Program After-School Tutoring Mentoring for Empowerment and Exchange (MEE) Parent Outreach Summer Reading Program Workforce Development Program Mentoring Program Family Literacy Program

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

ACE is a wonderful organization that provides support to students and the community!

Donor

Rating: 5

Great staff who care about their students! The Spring Festival was an awesome event, very informative.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended a handful of ACE events and am always impressed by the dedication of the staff and volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ACE is tremendous! It's like I can travel the continent of Africa all in one place - in Worcester! The children and families are so skilled, talented, and brilliant. Did you know some parents can speak as many as (or more than) 8 languages!? It makes our American English-only policy seem so dumb (it is). I would love to see Worcester public schools learn from ACE families, such as offer Swahili courses as a "foreign" language and offer African dance classes in school, and have parent empowerment in education classes in many languages. ACE should lead the way!

Frodo

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have first hand experience with ACE. As a nonprofit ACE priorities the needs and challanges of African refugee children and increasingly entire families through outreach and programs for adults and small children. I find iACE to be a leader in how best to integrate these amazing refugees while still maintaining and respecting their cultures. THE
ACE'S concentration on help children with their studies through tutoring is invaluable in helping them to succeed and flourish here. I am grateful to have discovered this nonprofit and to help to service it's mission .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at ACE since the winter. It is such a wonderful experience and I have learned so much. The children are wonderful and so adaptable. The staff is generous and always giving. I was so lucky to find this non-profit because it has help me so much, as much as i hopen i help the children. The many cultures that are part of Africa are fascinating and the many stories the children have are both heartwarming and heart-wrenching. I strongly recommend anybody to volunteer at ACE as it is so important that we integrate and welcome all the refugees in America that we get from very difficult and troubled countries. It has been so valuable for me and so rewarding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ACE is an amazing organization that stays true to it's mission and works hard to maximize it's limited resources. As a former volunteer, I was immediately welcomed as part of the team and given meaningful work. I highly encourage others to get involved by volunteering directly with students, assisting in the office or donating. Your time and resources will be put to good use!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ACE has an important mission and is lead by a diverse team of hardworking and dedicated staff, volunteers and students!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An organization that truly cares and it shows in how they interact with students and is evidenced by the impact ACE has on the students' lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Doing great work with great children who need much support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My volunteer experience with ACE far exceeded my expectations. The organization is extremely organized and filled with staff and other volunteers that are crazy passionate about ACE's mission and the African community in Worcester. The kids that participate in ACE's programs are very special; I have never been around a group of kids that are more inspiring, hilarious, fun, and resilient. I will definitely be back at ACE to volunteer again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first got involved in ACE over a year ago and I have absolutely adored going there every week volunteering. I enjoy the presence the students who attend to ACE weekly and have formed many tight bonds with some of the students I work with. These kids give me a new outlook on life and make me realize not to take anything for granted. These wonderful students love school and never want the school day to end. They love learning new things which brings tears to my eyes. The staff that also are apart of ACE are so active and caring for each and every student. All the staff look out for the kids like they are their own. It's amazing how ACE gives me such a positive outlook on life and I will continue volunteering there for a very long time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They really created a great sense of community for these kids who not only came from different schools but different parts of the world. I only speak English but I never found the language barrier to ever be a problem as there are many well-trained and dedicated staff members who are there to help any students who might have difficulties in explaining how they need help. It really was inspiring to meet all these kids, I can't wait to go back and volunteer again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ACE is home. Of course program could use some improvement with more grant funding but it's still great. As a small organization with limited resources, they're accomplishing more than their fair of community needs. Gracias, ACE.

Donor

Rating: 4

With very small resources, ACE is making big changes in the communities that large organizations are finding it hard to make.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being part of ACE program had been one the great things in my life.I was a student and I volunteered as a teaching assistant.Now I am a high school graduated and now I am a member of Commonwealth Corps and serving at ACE. ACE is like a second home to me and I love being around the students and the staffs as well. I pray that may the program last forever with the strength of God. No one can give back what ACE had do for the them in past beside the Lord.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love ACE! I volunteered for 2 years in the Saturday Program as a Math Teaching Assistant and as an Express Yourself Teaching Assistant. It is terrific to see ACE children grow, graduate, and return to volunteer and work at ACE and create the future for their peers.
ACE is THE place to make a difference. GET INVOLVED! JOIN THE TEAM! Harambee!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with ACE over the past year. I have seen the positive educational impact that ACE makes on the Worcester community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ACE is dedicated to helping African students and refugees in the Worcester community achieve personal and educational goals while empowering them to become independent. Everyone in the organization is sweet and dedicated. It's just a place that is extremely inclusive and makes everyone that is apart of the organization feel cared for.

2 Kelsey E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ACE has such a vibrant and exciting presence in the Worcester community! Their mission is truly unique and serves a great purpose. Even better is their commitment to keeping true to their mission and making sure their volunteers, staff, and board represent the group they aim to serve by ensuring participation of African immigrants and refugees in their operations.

5 Mike152

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As Community Service Learning director at Assumption College, I’ve been sending students to African Community Education for almost a decade. They’ve always reported getting a lot out of the experience – in fact, several Assumption students have liked it so much, they wound up working at ACE after graduation.

My students’ experiences have been so positive that last year, when I was looking to pick a place for my own personal volunteer commitment, I chose ACE out of the more than 80 organizations our college works with. Some of my reasons had to do with the obvious things – the compelling needs of refugee children playing catch-up in a new school system, the warmth of the ACE community, and the high caliber of the people on the staff. But ACE also meets another important need – the need to learn new skills and new worlds outside the usual scope of my life. I’ve not only learned a lot about Africa and about refugees in Worcester, but also had to open my brain to academic subjects to which my brain has long been closed. The privilege of learning alongside the kids – and for that matter learning HOW to learn alongside them – has been an extraordinary blessing in my life. I'm eager to see what new things I learn this coming fall.

2 Brianna11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ACE does amazing work in the Worcester community and their reach is far beyond what you would expect. 94% of ACE students are classified as 'low income' and 84% are English Language Learners. The perseverance of these students is truly remarkable and ACE staff and volunteers encourage and empower them at every turn!