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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working as a volunteer, intern and later staff member at ACE, I was fortunate to become part of the African Community Education (ACE) family. At ACE all volunteers, staff, community members and families work together as a tight-knit team to help with the specific needs and dreams of each African refugee youth served at the organization. In my time at the program, it was truly inspiring to witness how ACE students were able to excel academically and socially through their participation in ACE's educational and mentor programs. If I could describe how I feel about ACE in three words I would have to say it is an innovative, change-making and integral non-profit organization in the Worcester community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked at ACE from 2006 to 2010 as a volunteer, a mentor, education coordinator and a teacher. ACE is a wonderful program that is fill with many young ideas willing to put into action. The kids are very respectful, honest and are always full of 360 degree kinetic energy. They have so much power, will, love, care and respect. It was an honored to have served them having been a refugee myself.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have starting with the African Community Education Program (ACE) in the Summer of this year. It was initially suppose to be a summer internship but with time I discovered that I did not want my involvement with the organization to stop just then. I became attached to the children and the program. Its amazing what they do for the children, the sheer dedication involved in this organization is remarkable! I plan continuing to show my support to ACE in the following year.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The work that ACE (African Community Education program) does for Worcester is meaningful. It supports the youth with their schooling in a way that the schools could not keep up with. They provide a place where the students can go to get help with their homework and also support them them emotionally. It gives them a place where they can meet others coming from similar backgrounds. They can learn English with others of their own age in a comfortable surrounding. I enjoy visiting ACE and watching the youth and their teachers interacting.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The African Community Education Program (ACE) is a great resource for the Worcester, Massachusetts. I would like to nominate them for their fantastic work in keeping the cultural alive in the African community.

1 Nathaniel P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great local organization doing meaningful work for the Worcester are community. I encourage you to get involved with them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The African Community has been helping me with English and my homework too. At the first time I get here at ACE, I didn’t speak English. A few days later, I heard that there is a program that helps a refugee kids do they work, help them learn English and make they dream come true. I stared coming every Saturday and I actually made a lot of friends I never had before. ACE has been helping me with my homework since 7th grader and now I am in 11 grades and I am so happy. I want to help kids that don’t speak English and help them explain words they don’t understand.
Thank you, I couldn’t done all the staff with out ACE

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ACE is a good program for students in grade 5-12, who have emigrated to the U.S. from various countries in Africa. Many are refugees and come from tough situations and for many this is their first encounter with the English language. With after-school and Saturday sessions, ACE helps the students both academically and socially during their adjustment to a new language and culture. ACE also runs a summer reading program that I was able to help with as a TA. Good things are happening at ACE!!! Ed W.

1 AYAN6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ace is good place to be at ..they help so much kids that is new to u.s. which that dont how read or write .. like when i star A.CE i didnt know how read or write and i star coming to after school for help the ..like they help how read and write so .. ACE IS GOOD place ACE LIKE my house . ACE IS COOL ((:

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over the past few years, I have connected with ACE staff, students and volunteers through soccer. The ACE community contributes immensely our Cultural Exchange through Soccer organization with volunteers at big events, players for scrimmages and testimony & lobbying for more fields in Worcester. Outside of all that they contribute to our organization and our city at large, they are a beautiful, loving family that I am so grateful to be welcomed into.

Yasin A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Experience with the African Community Education Program is really great program that help student to do there work like homework or study and what every they need help they have sport's program like if you like play sport's ACE help me a lot when i was in high school i use to come here to my homework after that just study or play soccer with the student. the ACE is a really wonderful program that help student Education and i love it.

1 عائشة

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with ACE in 2009 and I haven't been able to stop since. The people and the mission are what keep me here. I love all of the staff and students at ACE, it really is like a family. Many of the kids see ACE as a second home and I am so happy to be part of such a positive part of their lives. I really value the fact that ACE is not only here to help students academically, but also socially and psychologically--both equally as important. I have learned so much about myself as a person through my interactions with the kids at ACE. I recommend anyone looking for a meaningful volunteer experience where you can truly make an impact to come join the ACE family!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

African Community Education is a wonderful program that reaches out to immigrant and refugee youth and their families in the Worcester area. The positive impact of the program is shown by the students' achievements and the enthusiasm of both the students and the staff.

1 Katie38

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The African Community Education Program has had such an incredible impact on my life, where can I even begin? I started volunteering with ACE my freshman year of college and literally could not stop until I moved to a different city. That is the effect that the organization's enthusiastic staff and incredibly dedicated, inspiring, and endearing students have on those they come into contact with. Even after relocating I still have a strong connection with ACE and feel it's impact every day. I can confidently say that had I not been a member of such a welcoming, supportive, and all around amazing community, I would not be where I am today. ACE helped me to become much more culturally competent, compassionate, and understanding. The organization, staff, and students also enabled me to become a better volunteer, leader, teacher, and role model to all students I may come into contact with in the future. I strongly and actively encourage people to volunteer with ACE or to get involved in whatever way possible because of the profound gifts that the program has given me. The staff is incredibly supportive, enthusiastic, and open, the students are unbelievably eager to learn, inspiring, and hard-working, and the program is a blast. The stories I have from volunteering with ACE are stories I will never forget and have had an impact that will last a lifetime. I can only hope that I have positively impacted students even a fraction of how much they have positively impacted me.