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African Community Education

24 Chatham St

ACE works with students from many nations across Africa, who have all come together to learn, achieve, and succeed. Prior to coming to the United States, our students and their families faced war and political and social instability in their home countries. During these conflicts, they were forced to flee their homes, their villages and even their countries to find safety in far-away refugee camps. Unfortunately, even in these safe-havens, schooling is inadequate and there is much violence, crime and poverty.

These tragic circumstances leave children exposed to much hardship and unable to receive adequate schooling from a very young age. As they arrive in the U.S., they find themselves far behind their peers as the result of years of missed schooling, they struggle to learn English and keep up in school, and they must retroactively learn entire years of math, science and English curricula.

Fortunately, many of these children are bright and motivated! They bring dreams of a bright future, of becoming doctors and lawyers, and of someday returning to their home countries to help bring peace and resolution. ACE seeks to draw on these strengths to close the gaps in their education and help them be successful not only in school, but also as a member of our Worcester community.

ACE aims to assist African immigrant and refugee youth by providing academic and nonacademic programming during after-school and out-of-school time. Our approach is to provide comprehensive services that meet their educational and psychosocial needs while using culturally competent models and addressing common barriers to participation.

Our experienced teachers and enthusiastic volunteers are dedicated to supporting our students' needs as they move towards high school graduation and post-secondary success. ACE works closely with the Worcester Public Schools to ensure that our programs complement and enhance the education our students receive in school. Students are provided with opportunities to build strong relationships with their teachers, mentors, peers, and other members of the community.

In addition to our educational programs, we offer extra-curricular activities, such as dance, sports and the arts, in order to stimulate student creativity while at the same time providing outlets for personal expression and opportunities to interact with peers in a fun, healthy, and enriching environment.

Mission Statement

The mission of the African Community Education Program (ACE) is to assist our students in realizing their educational, cultural and social goals, while guiding them in becoming competent, responsible and productive citizens in the Worcester, Massachusetts area as well as the greater society.

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