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.
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.
With very small resources, ACE is making big changes in the communities that large organizations are finding it hard to make.
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.
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!
I have volunteered with ACE over the past year. I have seen the positive educational impact that ACE makes on the Worcester community!
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.
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.
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.
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!