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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

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.