AFAHO HAS 2 MAIN EDUCATION PROGRAMS:

AFRICAN YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM & ADULT EDUCATION
AFAHO - EDUCATION SERVICES

AFRICAN YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM (AYEP)

AYEP was created to empower African and Caribbean immigrant and refugee youth to improve their educational and health outcomes, while equipping them with the skills and resources necessary to become self-sufficient, civically engaged, and well-adjusted young adults. This is achieved through 8 programmatic objectives to support various aspects of youth well-being:
  • Improve academic success (including school attendance) & familial engagement in education 
  • Improve knowledge around sexual & reproductive and other health issues
  • Improve nutritional knowledge and habits 
  • Improve overall behavioral/mental health 
  • Increase participation in physical activities 
  • Encourage positive acculturation 
  • Promote community and civic engagement
  • Increase engagement in post-secondary educational and training opportunities
Since the COVID pandemic started, AFAHO has offered a virtual after-school program Monday-Thursday for our youth and will offer summer programming in 2021 to limit the knowledge gap and improve student’s readiness to start school in Fall 2021.
The acculturation disparity that normally develops when children adapt quicker than their parents to their new culture/environment is one of the most important issues facing immigrant and refugee families. When parents work long hours, looking to achieve the American dream and support their families here and in their home countries, and when parents rely on children for language interpretation and other system navigation support, this disparity becomes more prominent. AFAHO has seen how young people that are able to maintain strong ties to their families and culture while becoming acculturated to their new homes in the U.S. flourish. Therefore our African Youth Empowerment Program promotes positive relationships between youth and their parents and between parents and their children’s schools.

ADULT EDUCATION

Understanding that adult and digital literacy in addition to English language skills are key factors in securing a living wage, AFAHO offers high-quality educational programming to our community including:
  • English As A Second Language Classes – Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Adult Literacy Classes 
  • Digital Literacy Workshops
  • Drivers Education Workshops (Anticipated)
EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 2021, AFAHO WILL BEGIN A PARTNERSHIP WITH A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE TO CONNECT OUR CLIENTS TO TRAININGS IN DIFFERENT TRADE SKILLS.