|African-American/Caribbean Education Association, Inc
"Working to better the education of our children"
Highlights of Activities
Mission and Background
"Achimot--Harmony and Diversity"
The African-American/Caribbean Education Association, Inc, also known as AACEAINC, was founded in
1997 by Rosalind O'Neal, who brought together teachers of African-American and Caribbean heritage to
address, and bring resolve to, educational issues impacting teachers, students, and parents in the
Southeast Queens Community. Under the leadership of Ms. O'Neal, the first years mushroomed from a small
committee of teacher-advocates and educators from other fields, to a base of stakeholders interested in
making a difference in the education of children and the advancement of community. In 2001, this
group known as the African-American/Caribbean Education Association, whose cause is educational excellence,
became chartered by the New York State Education Department and incorporated as a not-for-profit
organization. This is a 501 (C) 3 organization. Although AACEAINC's operations are based in Southeast Queens, its s
support extends to the five boroughs and beyond in its services to parents, students, families, and stakeholders.
The mission of the African-American/Caribbean Education Association is to:
“Provide a vehicle by which educators, parents, politicians, community, and media, may be informed about
issues relevant to our children's educational growth and development, thereby, fostering a teaching and
learning environment conducive to our students meeting the standards to compete and achieve in today's
evolving technological society".
We at AACEAINC envision a new place in history where our children "excel" in all aspects of the
American experience. It is our belief, that as a People, we have a moral and civic obligation to strengthen
educational services and quality of life issues --to make a difference change must first start with us and we
must know what we are willing to sacrifice. Our vision embraces the success of all our children, the low
achieving, the high risk, the children with special needs, and the children that are gifted and talented.
We envision an organization supportive of high quality experiences and programs that foster leadership.
We see our role as that of catalyst leading the way to the fulfillment of hopes and dreams, which will
mutually benefit every one of us.
Since AACEAINC's inception the organization is proud to have provided the following
services to the community:
awarded to the Southeast Queens Community in 2002.
AACEAINC ON THE MOVE-- MISSION AND BACKGROUND scroll down
Photos by Jeany Persaud
AACEAINC designs activities to be challenging allowing youngsters to be exposed
to accepted rules, protocol, and proven assessments. This enhances students’
ability to pursue a myriad of academic and scholarly activities on a national level,
which AACEAINC encourages poetry contestants to confidently pursue.
Young scholars presented poems that range from the richness of African-American
and Caribbean cultural heritage, to black pride, to diseases that kill us, to violence
prevention, and to the indignities of living on the street. These young people were
powerful! Although a city-wide competition, entrants that answered the call were
representative of public, parochial, and charter school and reside in the boroughs of
Brooklyn and Queens.
Poetry Contest Winners: All Divisions
Black History Month Event:
"An Afternoon of Jazz, Poetry, Gospel & Empowerment"
The Harvest Room
[Click on Winners and All Participants]
Photo by Christina Santucci
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"Celebrating Black History Month with
Health Awareness, Cultural Heritage & Dialogue"
Queens Central Public Library, Jamaica, NY
The purpose of this program was to provide health and cultural awareness, and to raise issues that impact the
African-American and Caribbean communities. The discussion placed an important emphasis on health with a
focus on Diabetes and Hypertension, as well as, offer an understanding into DNA, biomedical research and the
significance of Henrietta Lacks, our celebrated icon for Black History Month. Moreover, there was a compelling
discussion for the African American community to support the Smithsonian National Museum of African American
History and Culture (NMAAHC). Program participants received free blood pressure and blood sugar screening,
which was serviced by the Queens Hospital Center Community Outreach Program. The last segment of the
program allowed the audience to address facilitators with their specific issues. AACEAINC is making arrangements
with interested groups that would like to have this program presented at their organizations. Contact us.
|Program participant about to be screened.