African Immigrant Services (AIS), a 501 (c) (3) community-based non-profit organization, works to increase civic engagement within communities of color, to build assets and eliminate disparities, and to overcome systemic and cultural barriers.
Established by African immigrants to build social capital and community power, AIS also helps to creatively increase access to economic opportunities for historically disadvantaged people and communities of color.
As a proven leader in community engagement and organizing, AIS tirelessly seeks to shift the roles of people of color from the sidelines to the heart of community-driven solutions, co-creating new realities on issues that affect them, including structural problems and policies that perpetuate disparities.
AIS believes that when we expand the space for engagement and increase opportunities for leadership, those most affected by a wide range of problems will discover their own solutions and make change.
AIS envisions healthy, inclusive, and prosperous communities where opportunities are shared equitably. To achieve its mission,
AIS employs five core strategies:
- Community Engagement & Organizing
- Leadership Training & Development
- Economic Self-Sufficiency Initiatives
- Digital Inclusion
- Supportive Services