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AFRICAN COMMUNITY CENTER

 

THE ORGANIZATION

The African Community Center (ACC) offers refugee and immigrant resettlement programs to the expatriates of numerous nations, African and otherwise. The organization represents structure and guidance for families embroiled in the chaos of major transition. Services include education, acculturation, counseling, economic self-sufficiency training, and others. Moreover, the Center performs outreach and consultation for numerous community-based organizations. ACC is a program office of the Ethiopian Community Development Council (Arlington, VA).

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

ACC provides resettlement assistance through case management, health coordination, school enrollment, and housing. ACC also provides a number of training and employment programs so refugee community members receive the confidence and necessary skills to prepare for, find, and secure jobs. These programs include: We Made This, Job Club and Employment Training, and the Commercial Food and Safety Service Training Program.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

ACC offers many volunteer/internship opportunities to get directly involved in the resettlement process with refugee community members, such as case management, health coordination, employment training, and many more. We accept internship applications on a rolling basis. We have three internship terms per year (spring/summer/fall), with each term lasting 3-4 months.           

 

CONTACT AND INFORMATION

Outreach Coordinator | volunter@acc-den.org | 303-399-4500

Address: 5250 Leetsdale Dr. Suite 200, Denver, CO 80246

We are located on the second floor of the KeyBank Building.

www.acc-den.org

COLORADO AFRICAN ORGANZIATION

 

THE ORGANIZATION

With current programs in Education, Health, and Social Integration, the Colorado African Organization (CAO) is a unique ethnic community-based nonprofit organization. CAO is supported by African ethnic and national partner community organizations (e.g. Congolese Community of Colorado, Senegalese Association of Colorado); and regarded by Colorado’s receiving community as the gateway to the state’s hard-to-reach, high-need and hard-to-involve African communities. Based in Denver, CAOʼs mission is to foster unity, advocate for all Africans in Colorado and provide services, with an emphasis on programming that creates self-sufficiency and sustainable success for individuals and communities. With an estimated 35,000 African immigrants and refugees in the Denver metro-area, we seek to help the African population realize their dreams.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

Multi-level ESL and Citizenship: CAO offers both flexible “open-door” and closed enrollment classes to familiarize African immigrants and refugees with English and allow them to work toward fluency. The organization furthermore offers courses that outline the importance of naturalization, strategies for approaching the citizenship process, and integration into American life as citizens.

Computer Literacy: CAO offers beginner and intermediate computer literacy courses that range from basic operation to job searching.

Health Education: CAOʼs health education program is three-faceted. In preventive health education sessions, Africans in Colorado learn about the diseases and ailments to which they are vulnerable as they ease into American lifestyle, including diabetes and obesity, heart disease, and cancer. Community Health Workers from 14 different African nations carry this further by conducting peer workshops that also include topics such as visiting a doctor, going to the hospital, and applying for insurance and Medicare. CAO additionally works with African communities throughout Colorado to assist in testing, treatment, and awareness of HIV/AIDS.

Case Management: This includes housing assistance, medicaid, job opportunities, change of visa status, etc.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

Internships available

 

CONTACT AND INFORMATION

George Brown | georgeb@caoden.org | 303-953-7060

Address: 6795 E. Tennessee Ave. Suite 250, Denver, CO 80224

www.caoden.org